Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Sunday, March 20, 2016


By Steven Wade Veatch

Sandstone injected into Pikes Peak Granite was the basis for Jenna Salvat’s winning science project. Her entry “Sandstone Injectites in Fault Zone Areas: Sedimentological Characteristics Using Analog Models” won first place in the physical science division at the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair on February 27 and is the project she will present at the state science fair in April.

Salvat is a tenth grade student at Coronado High School. Jenna is also a member of the Pikes Peak Pebble Pups and Earth Science Scholars. The Pikes Peak Pebble Pups have a group that meets monthly in Teller County and in one that meets in Colorado Springs. “I have always been interested in geology in particular and science in general,” she said.

Jena Salvat stands in front of her project she entered in
the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair at UCCS. Photo by S. W. Veatch.
The fair was held at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Students come from El Paso, Teller, Park, and Elbert counties to participate. The Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair is held each Spring where students in grades 6 through 12 present their individual work for judging. Public, private, parochial, and home schools send students to participate in the fair. This year 161 students participated and 24 schools were represented.

Each student designs and completes a science project requiring observation, imagination, and originality. Students who participate in the fair gain a deeper understanding of the natural world and learn valuable science and job skills.

The Pikes Peak Regional Fair is one of 13 regional fairs in Colorado that select the best regional science projects that will compete at the 61st Colorado State Science Fair hosted by the College of Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center at Colorado State University.

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.