Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups Work with the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to Make Cool Science Day a Success

By Steven Wade Veatch

The Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club’s Pebble Pup/Earth Science Scholars program combined forces with the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to be a part of the Cool Science Carnival Day at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Nonprofits, government agencies, museums and other organizations from across the state provided a day full of fun and science related activities. Cool Science presented more than 80 live science shows, workshops, activity stations, and performances throughout the day. The goal of Cool Science is to get Pikes Peak area students, parents and teachers engaged in exciting hands-on activities and workshops designed to provide intimidation-free opportunities to explore the joy of science and engineering.

A parent examines a fossil bettle from the Florissant Fossil Beds
National Monument through a microscope.
The Pikes Peak Pebble Pups dominated an entire hall with a line-up on of activities that had to be spread out over six tables.  We had five pebble pup/junior members work the event the entire day. More than 5,000 parents and kids attended the event.  A number of the young people who visited our tables plan to join pebble pups and visit the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument soon.
A Florissant Fossil Beds National Park ranger mans the fossil
beds table next to the CSMS table.
The parents are as interested in our proceedings as their kids.
Steve and Kurt take a short break. Kurt is one of the long-
term members of Earth Science Scholars.  He has written
science research papers and science poetry that has been published
in magazines.
A number of potential pebble pups look at our displays.
Zach Sepulveda and Betty Merchant oversee a fossil dig area.
Soon another crowd appears wanting to know more about
Earth science.  Guess what? They came to the right place!


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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.