Each activity is hands-on and meets federal and state STEM educational standards.
The Fossil Table
At this station, students learn about fossils like the T-Rex, Sabertooth Tiger, and even Megalodon- one of the biggest ocean predators to ever live. Every student will have an opportunity to touch, hold, and feel all fossils on the table while leaning about how fossils are formed, found, and identified. With over a hundred fossils across all four tables, there are plenty of things to learn about!
The Earthquake Room
At the earthquake students learn about the cause of earthquakes and what they are. A geophone and oscilloscope are connected to a large screen tv allow the students to see the earthquake they create by jumping on the floor and listen to a recording of it. The tv is also connected to the internet, allowing them to watch videos of real earthquakes and their effect on places like grocery stores.
The Fluorescent Room
At this station, students are introduced to fluorescence and ultra-violet light. They are shown minerals and small bottles of oil that glow under ultra-violet light, and each student is given a fluorescent yellow marker to make a design on their hands.
The Make a Fossil Station
At this station, students mix up a bowl of mud (plaster) and place an ammonite or fish into their mud, then sprinkle sediments over the top. When their fossil is dry the fish/ammonite will be pulled out, and they will get their bowl back to keep!
Rock & Mineral Station
At the rock and mineral station, each student has a box filled with samples of rocks and minerals. They are taught about the three major groups of rocks and how to identify various rocks and minerals, including granite, obsidian, fools gold, and amethyst.
Petroleum Products Station
At this station, students will learn about petroleum and its various products. First, they’ll get to make a rubber band with latex and vinegar, they’ll get to smell a rock with petroleum in it, and learn about some of the over 3000 things made with petrochemicals.
Fossil Dig Station
All students get a box to fill with 4 Fossils, 3 Minerals, and 7 Rocks. Students will find minerals like rose quartz and amethyst in the stone pits, and dig in our sand pits to look for shark teeth, ammonites, and other fossils, all from more than 200 years ago.
Students start the tour off in our media room and watch a few short videos about dinosaurs, then when everyone has gotten here, our director Broc does a short introduction to the Geoscience Center, talking about the various rooms and activities the students will get to do during the tour.
We have a large collection of rocks, donated from various collectors. Students get to look over the many shelves of rocks and minerals, as well as being able to use a geiger counter on a few different (safe!!) radioactive rocks. There is also a small bucket of water with rocks, to test the rocks buoyancy.