Saturday, April 1, 2017
at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology,
Pleasant Gap, PA (same location as last year).
Co-sponsored by NMS and
Bald Eagle Chapter of Gold Prospectors Association of America
Junior Museum of Central Pennsylvania
Penn State Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum
THANK YOU to all the members, volunteers, donors, attendees and parents who made our 2017 event a success!
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, and fossils. At this event, kids get an empty egg carton when they check in, then go to a series of stations:
- gold panning by GPAA,
- lapidary (cutting and polishing gemstones),
- grinding and polishing spheres,
- invertebrate fossils (shells),
- vertebrate fossils (bones) by PSU EMS Museum,
- ultraviolet fluorescence (glow in the dark),
- crystal structure and formation
- and at least one more.
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.
Same location as 2016:
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 email@example.com.
If you haven't yet sent your check,
Pay by check
send $5.00 per student (check payable to "Nittany Mineral. Soc." or simply NMS) to:
145 Goddard Cir.
Penna Furnace PA 16865
***Please include the students' names if they are different from the name on the check.***
THANK YOU - We'll see you in Pleasant Gap on April 1 !
Video recording by James Sicree.
A crystal structure station at the 2008 event. Photo by R. Altamura.
See Penn State Live's photos of our 2009 event
(the site will take a while to load, but the professional photographs are worth it).