The official Rocks Rock description.
In Spring, 2002, the Western Kentucky University Campus Girl Scout group in conjunction with the Geology and Geography clubs ran a Rocks Rock badge workshop. The workshop ran for one afternoon and consisted of four stations that the girls rotated through. We had approximately 60 girls present. The activities chosen for the day were:
- Be a Rock Hound!
- What Type Is It?
- Soil Sense
- "Geo" Careers
- Fossil Fun!
- a combination of Geo Hunt / Around the Globe / The View from Above
The day started with a Geology professor (myself) giving a talk about possible careers in geology, along with the kinds of activities that each type of geoscientist did. The girls were then broken into groups and went through the four stations.
The four stations chosen were:
- Rock and Minerals
- a Geology grad student discussed with the girls the differences between a mineral and a rock
- a representative group of instruments used to collect rocks (rock hammer, Brunton compass, chisel, field notebook, hand lens) were shown to the girls
- the girls were invited to look at rock samples through both a polarizing microscope and a binocular microscope
- each girl selected 6 different samples and used a simple flow chart to ID each one; samples were then labeled for the girls to take home; a group of geology undergrads assisted the grad student with this portion of the activity
- samples used for this portion were extra rocks from the Geology Department at WKU that were broken into pieces with a maximum size of 2 x 2 x 2 inches
- the girls really enjoyed the microscopes and were excited about ID'ing their own samples
- two geology undergrads and a geography undergrad explained about the different portions of a soil profile along with regional variations
- each girl was given a test tube and then directed to fill it with representative materials for each soil horizon
- the activity was messy but fun
- a senior geology undergrad selected a collection of fossils for the girls to examine and discussed how fossils are preserved
- an Art professor from WKU along with several Campus Girl Scouts helped the girls make plaster of paris "fossils" using plants collected earlier that day by the staff
- created a mess and it took a bit for the "fossils" to harden, but the girls had fun doing it
- Local area topography
- a Geography professor and a Campus Girl Scout taught the girls how to read a topographic map
- the girls were then encouraged to examine topo maps from the local area to find streams, hills, depressions, and so on
- due to several recent occurences in the Bowling Green, KY region, the discussion continued into the definition of a sink-hole, how they form, and safe building practices in the local area to avoid collapse
- a short video of a recent sink hole that formed on the out skirts of Bowling Green causing a road to collapse was provided by one of the Geology professors
- this was probably the activity that the girls' found the least interesting, mainly because a focus on local hazards did not include things that go bang
Pictures of the four activities can be found in part I and II.
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