Saturday, April 7, 2018
at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology,
Pleasant Gap, PA (same location as last year).
--ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.--
We can take a limited number of walk-ins (not registered in advance) arriving between 9:15 - 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. - noon on April 7. Pay at the door, $5 per child (cash or check).
Our annual Minerals Junior
Education Day is fun and rewarding for students in grades 1-8 and their
parents. They will learn about
minerals, crystals, gems, fossils, and earth science. At this event, kids get an empty
egg carton when they check in, then go to a series of stations;
these are planned for 2018:
- gold panning by GPAA,
- caves & karst by Lincoln Caverns,
- petroleum drilling,
- lapidary (cutting and polishing gemstones) and oolitic chert,
- grinding and polishing spheres,
- invertebrate fossils (shells),
- vertebrate fossils (bones),
- flame tests for mineral identification,
- ultraviolet fluorescence (glow in the dark),
- crystal forms and structure.
Students learn about the topic from a fun demonstration, activity or discussion, and receive a properly labeled specimen related to the topic, so they gather a whole collection in their egg carton. There is also a sales table with child-friendly prices. Everyone goes through at their own pace and goes to the stations in the order they choose. Allow at least an hour and a half or two hours in total.
Registration is limited so that we may be sure of having enough specimens for all of the students. The cost is $5.00 for each child. Parents come along for free, and help keep things under control, but don't get the specimens.
Same location as 2017:
www.cpi.edu - see our driving directions or CPI's directions & map.
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI Vo-Tech)
540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
Starting time slots available are: 9:00, 9:15, 9:30, 10:30, 11:00 11:30 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m. (10:00 is full)
If there are still spaces available on the day of the event (watch this web site for news), you can come to the event and pay in cash.
THANK YOU - We'll see you in Pleasant Gap on April 7 !
Video recording by James Sicree.
A crystal structure station at the 2008 event. Photo by R. Altamura.