Sadly, because of pandemic restrictions, Minerals Junior Education Day planned for March 28, 2020, was canceled, and no plans are in place for spring 2021. We look forward to resuming this annual event when restrictions are eased. We thank everyone - students, parents, volunteers - for your support.
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 were presented in 2019:
- Gold panning by GPAA,
- Caves & karst by Lincoln Caverns,
- Petroleum drilling,
- Iron ore minerals and rocks & iron making,
- Grinding and polishing spheres,
- Invertebrate fossils (shells),
- From coal to diamonds,
- War paint: The streak,
- Sphere grinding machine,
- Ultraviolet fluorescence (glow in the dark),
- Mineral cleavage and fracture.
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 - 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 [for 2020 will be] $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 2019:
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
Problems? Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video recording by James Sicree.
A crystal structure station at the 2008 event. Photo by R. Altamura.