Come be a geologist for the day at Tellus! Bring your handbooks! Learn about the anatomy of planet Earth from the inside out, what makes a volcano erupt and how minerals affect your everyday life by visiting the Weinman Mineral Gallery. Put your hands on the three rock types and test minerals to learn how to identify them. You’ll even be able to pan for real gemstones. Begin your collections as each scout receives a “Scout Pack” consisting of various rocks and minerals labeled with their names and uses. You’ll even take a trip in our digital planetarium to learn about Supervolcanoes. Earn your “Earth Rocks” adventure and complete the “Down and Dirty” Nova module for Webelos, all while having fun at Tellus.
This 2.5 hour program will consist of 5 rotations 30 minutes each.
Planetarium: Supervolcanoes and discussion.
Weinman Mineral Gallery: anatomy of a planet, rock vs. mineral interactive wall, mining area interactive and go on a rock and mineral scavenger hunt.
“Rock and Roll” lab: sort and label rock types.
Lab: test minerals.
“Scout Pack” for each Scout with labeled rock and mineral specimens.
All groups end at the Store where Tellus patches and rocks and minerals are available for purchase.
1A. Define geology.
1B. Learn about the science of geology and why it is important.
ACTIVITY: Will define during program.
3A. Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the information in your handbook to determine which types of rocks you have collected.
3B. With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences between your specimens.
ACTIVITY 3A: Identify the minerals found in Gem Panning; bring your handbook!
Identify the three types of rocks.
Receive Scout packs with various rocks and mineral specimens.
ACTIVITY 3B: Go Gem Panning and examine the gems found under a magnifying lens.
4A. Make a mineral test kit and test minerals according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
4B. Record the results in your handbook.
ACTIVITY 4A: Mineral testing in the lab and create your own mineral test kit.
ACTIVITY 4B: Bring your handbook!
6A: Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home.
6B. Identify some of the geological materials used around your community.
6C. Record the items you find.
ACTIVITY 6A and 6B: Weinman Mineral gallery + Handout “Your House Comes Out of a Mine”
ACTIVITY 6C: Bring your handbook!
7Bi. Visit with a geologist or earth scientist and discover the many career fields that are included in the science of geology.
7Bii. Ask the geologist or earth scientist about the importance of fossils that are found.
7Biii. Ask the geologist or earth scientist what you can do to help preserve our natural resources.
ACTIVITY 7Bi: Gem Panning career board and discussion.
Do at least one earth science demonstration or investigation with your den and explore geology in action.
ACTIVITY 8: Learn to follow mineral testing procedures in the lab.
1A. Watch and episode of a show about Earth, the weather, geology, volcanoes, or oceanography. Then do the following:
ACTIVITY 1A: Planetarium show Supervolcanoes.
Complete one adventure from the list. Discuss with your counselor what kind of science, technology, or math was used in the adventure.
ACTIVITY: Complete the Earth Rocks Adventure (see requirements above).
3A. Volcanoes erupt
ACTIVITY 3: Planetarium show Supervolcanoes and lab.
4B. Explore a career associated with earth science. Find out what subjects you would need to study as you get older. What kind of education would you need in the future to help explore Earth? What types of people other than geologists explore Earth? Discuss with your counselor what is needed to have a career in earth science.
ACTIVITY 4B: Gem Panning career board and discussion.