Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Today was the start of the Cool Science festival in Colorado Springs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Their mission: To build community; to stimulate the inquisitive mind; to generate interest, excitement, and optimism about the world around us; to promote our region's scientific and technological prowess; and once a year to come together in celebration of all of this. The Colorado Springs Cool Science Festival today is designed to:

  • Show the FUN of science
  • Involve all ages from young kids to adults
  • Engage in informal learning experiences
  • Grow minds
  • Facilitate discussion around science
  • Build science literacy
  • Enhance the Pikes Peak community

All of the teen Earth Science Scholars (Pebble Pups who are in middle school or higher) are coauthors on a paper that will be presented at the New Mexico Mineral Symposium at New Mexico Tech (used to be the New Mexico School of Mines). The paper will be printed in the proceedings of the symposium, and then also be printed in the scholarly journal New Mexico Geology.

We estimate that we contacted at least 4,000 students who came by our station where we had demonstrations, activities, and showed them how to really do science ----even at young ages.

This new Earth science scholar presented a paper on
garnets at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show
last month and is a co-author on a paper that will be
presented at the New Mexico Mineral Symposium held at
New Mexico Tech (used to be New Mexico School of
Mines). He paper will published by the symposium in
their proceedings and in New Mexico Geology, an
scientific journal.

Today during all of the commotion we were
able to show a new pebble pup how to
take scientific digital images of a specimen.

Welcome! This is the gateway to adventure and discovery

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.