Rocks and Minerals Workshop

 

As a conclusion to a unit on Physical Geography in the grade 9 Canadian geography course, students participated in a workshop led by Earth Sciences educators from Carleton University (Beth and Erin). The geologists brought in a variety of rocks and minerals, including some that contained fossils. Students examined them with a hand lens (a magnification tool used by geologists in the field) and students had a chance to closely examine and compare different types of rocks, learn how they formed, and try some experiments to demonstrate different geologic processes (e.g. crushing Play-Doh and pennies with a heavy object to show how metamorphic rocks form under pressure, or building “minerals” out of lego pieces to show how differences in cooling time affect the structure of igneous rocks).