Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Sunday, February 27, 2011

March 2011 Merit Badge Project: Communication

Part of enjoying a hobby is sharing it with others.  They say you don't truly know something until you are able to teach it to another.  Learning to communicate effectively is an important skill.  If you go on to become a geologist or paleontologist, you'll discover the science isn't complete until your findings are written up and shared with colleagues, either in a public address or in a journal articles or a book. You'll find lifelong benefit to learning the basics of effective communication, both within the hobby and beyond.

Activity 1. Oral report.
Give a talk to your club or to your class at school about a trip you took, a project you did, a special rock or fossil you've collected, etc. In preparing your presentation consider the key questions that all reporters ask: "who, what, where, when, how, and why?

Activity 2. Written report or newsletter article.
Write a 250-500 word article for your club newsletter.  Follow the news reporter's questions of who, what, where, when, how, and why.

Activity 3. Bulletin board display.
Prepare a bulletin board display for your annual show, a library, or your school on rocks, fossils, minerals, or the lapidary arts.  Use pictures to convey most of your information, with writing kept to a minimum, mostly in the form of banners and headlines.

Activity 4. Corresponding with experts.
A great way to learn is by corresponding with experts who have made a career out of gemology, paleontology, or geology.  These people are usually very  busy, so you should briefly tell them who you are and what you're interested in. Then ask something very specific you'd like to know about their work.  Share their answers with your fellow club members at your next meeting or on a report for your club newsletter.

Activity 5.Writing a field trip guide.
Write a guide to your favorite collecting locality.  Provide a brief overview of what's to be found; how to get to the site, with written directions and a map; and the tools you'll need to dig for them with.

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