Geology: Soils, Rocks and Fossils

VIRTUAL "SOILS AND ROCKS WORKSHOP" NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HERITAGE IN SCHOOLS SCHEME.

Geology is the science that studies the earth. Most of us have an interest in some part of geology: rocks, volcanoes, earthquakes, fossils, dinosaurs, oil/gas, etc. Where does it all start? With our rocks!

 

There are a few options of workshops:

1. Irish Rocks and "ROCK CLINIC"   

This geology workshop will covers:

  • local rock types

  • Irish rocks

  • children are invited to bring rocks that they may have collected in their area.

  • We'll try to identify them using some of the geologists tools:

    • magnifying glass

    • ceramic plate

    • glass

    • HCl

    • hammer

    • maps, ...

 

I can't wait to see what will be brought in schools!!!

 

2. Geology: Soils and Rocks
  • What is geology?

  • What tools does a geologist use?

  • How can I sample and identify soils?

  • What are soils useful for?

  • How can I sample and identify rocks?

  • What are rocks used for?

  • Activity: handling of samples + identification

 

3. Geology / fossils:
  • What are fossils? Learn about how fossils are formed while making your own fossil.

  • Real samples of fossils (corals, crinoids "sea lilies", different types of shellfish -brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods-).

  • Examples of Irish fossils.

  • Myth and geology => how can some myths come from the discovery of fossils?

  • Activity: each child gets to make his/her own fossil!

 

Requirements: “low-tech” version with use of black/white board, rock samples and geologist tools or "high-tech" slide show requiring projector or interactive white board.

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