March 25, 2023
Co-sponsored by NMS and
Bald Eagle Chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America
Junior Museum of Central Pennsylvania
Thank you to all the volunteers, donors and attendees who made this year's event run very smoothly.
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 2023:
- Gold panning by GPAA,
- Caves & karst by Lincoln Caverns,
- Invertebrate fossils (shells),
- Lapidary - cutting gemstones,
- Grinding and polishing spheres,
- Native Americans used rocks,
- Ultraviolet fluorescence (glow in the dark),
- Stars and Stripes in Gemstones.
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 (plus a few higher) - please bring cash! 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 $6.00 for each child. Parents come along for free, and help keep things under control, but don't get the specimens.
Same location as before Covid:
www.cpi.edu - see our driving directions or CPI's Google Maps link.
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI Vo-Tech)
540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823
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Video recording by James Sicree.
A crystal structure station at the 2008 event. Photo by R. Altamura.