Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Monday, September 13, 2010

October 2010 Merit Badge Project: Earth Resources

This merit badge project looks at the practical side of minerals, or how rocks and minerals are used in everyday life.  We are surrounded by evidence of our mining heritage, form gypsum in our walls to brass knobs on doors and clay in our flowerpots and on the pages of gloss magazines.  The following activities will help you to appreciate the role of mining and minerals play in day-to-day life.

Activity 2.2 Minerals in the home.  Write a report about minerals in your home, or in a particular room in your home: your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc.

Activity 2.5 Field trip to a hardware store. Take a "field trip" to a local hardware store or home building supply store.  List some of the things you see there and their source materials.

Activity 2.6: Careers in the earth sciences. Learn about careers in the earth sciences (mining, teaching, gemology, the jewelry business, paleontologist, museum work, etc.). Write a brief paper imaging yourself in such a career and some adventure you might undertake in that job.  For instance, an oil geologist might  be taking a boat ride to an off-shore oil platform. A paleontologist with a museum or university might be exploring for fossils in the Gobi Desert.  A gemologist might be cutting the world's largest blue diamond.  What would be an interesting job to you?

To earn your Earth Resources badge, you need to complete these activities.

Due date for ths merit badge is December 31, 2010

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Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.