We went through a season of life where I continually found little rocks in pockets and at the bottom of the washing machine. Until recently, a box in my son’s room was regularly overflowing with rocks. Once I realized my preschooler was carrying a hefty rock in her backpack everywhere she went, just because she liked it, I think. When you have kids, you have rocks!
They might be solid or brittle. Maybe they’re multi-coloured or sparkly. Sometimes you’ll find impressions or fossils, but one fact remains: rocks are fascinating to kids of all ages. Whether they’re piling them, throwing them, or carefully collecting them, kids are drawn to rocks. That “special” rock collection in the corner of your child’s bedroom might be the key to their future as a geoscientist!
The APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic is designed to indulge this rocky curiosity and introduce kids to the wonders of geoscience. Your little rockhound probably doesn’t think about future careers when they find that fascinating rock, yet a career in geoscience might spark their imagination for years to come. The Rock and Fossil Clinic connects kids with volunteers who want to share their passion for rocks and provides hands-on fun to demonstrate geological principles.
Mark your calendars for October 17, 2020, as the 27th annual APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic will be delivered virtually from 10 am – 4 pm. This FREE family-friendly event features five live presentations delivered by professional geoscientists and geoscience students. Every presentation will address a specific geoscience topic. The best part? Each presentation will conclude with a hands-on activity designed to be completed from your home! Materials required for each activity will consist of common household items and a list will be sent to families the week before the event. You can register for all five sessions or just the ones that interest you. A detailed schedule will be available closer to the event date.
The activities at last year’s APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic helped kids visualize geological activities and they were just plain delicious – I mean, educational! Oreo Plate Tectonics had kids squishing the gooey centre of an Oreo cookie through the cookie cracks. For Bread Fossil Formation, kids put gummy candies between layers of bread and subjected them to extreme pressure to show how fossils form. Hands-on activities make learning fun and help solidify understanding.
The first 100 families who register will receive a special rock kit to learn about the Mohs Hardness Scale. There will also be several kits to give away on the day of the event. So the next time you find pockets filled with rocks, just consider it to be a preparation for fascinating future careers in geoscience and remember to register for the APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic!
APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic:
When: October 17, 2020
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.