Minerals Junior Education Day set for April 1

March 26, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Students can get cool rocks, minerals and fossils and learn more about nature at the annual Minerals Junior Education Day. The educational program, co-sponsored by Penn State's College of Earth and Minerals Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, is designed to encourage the interest of students in grades one through eight in the earth sciences.

Minerals Junior Education Day will be held April 1, at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania. Starting at 9:30 a.m., parents can accompany their children to a variety of stations with demonstrations, activities and discussions with experts.

Stations this year include gold panning; gemstone cutting and polishing; fossil shells and bones; a sphere-grinding machine; crystal structure and formation; ultraviolet fluorescence and more. Students will receive a mineral, crystal or fossil specimen related to each topic, building a collection as they visit all the stations.

The cost is $5 per child; parents attend free. Registration in advance is required by March 28. For more information, visit www.nittanymineral.org/juniored.htm.

Minerals Junior Education Day

David (Duff) Gold, professor emeritus of geology, discusses rock types in Pennsylvania at Minerals Junior Education Day.

IMAGE: Nittany Mineralogical Society

The event is also co-sponsored by the Nittany Mineralogical Society, the Bald Eagle Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, and the Junior Museum of Central Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated March 27, 2017