Georgia College students hold Earth Science Experience
What is a mineral?
How is it formed?
And why is it important to learn about?
Georgia College science students help local third-graders answer these questions in engaging ways during Earth Science Experience on campus this week.
“We hope to create a lasting connection with our youth so the information sticks throughout their education,” said Loribeth Berry, senior environmental science major. “We want them to understand how science applies to their lives every day.”
Third-graders of Blandy Hill Elementary School spend this week identifying different types of rocks, soils and fossils and exploring each of their uses through games, videos and art activities.
The young scientists learn about minerals like kaolin, which is used in paper, plastics and paint. Kaolin also is one of Georgia’s largest natural resources.
Earth Science Experience is part of Dr. Sam Mutiti’s historical and environmental geology courses. His students have spent the semester developing innovative lesson plans to help educate local elementary students about the fields of study.
“Earth Science Experience is about getting our youth interested in the field early,” said Mutiti, geology professor at Georgia College and expert in surface and groundwater interactions. “In Georgia, third grade is when K-12 students learn about rocks, minerals, weathering and soils. Not only are our local third-graders receiving hands-on experience about science, they are learning from our students who are passionate about science as well.”
Third-grader Jackson Blount of Creekside Elementary School enjoys learning about the various types of minerals.
“I like the mineral pyrite,” said Blount, 8. “I like the color of it because it looks like gold.”
Georgia College collaborates with area elementary school teachers throughout the academic year to apply students’ textbook lessons into real-world experiences.
Earth Science Experience will continue on campus with Creekside Elementary School third-graders Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Thursday, Nov. 15, as part of biology professor Dr. Christine Mutiti’s integrated science course.
“The program is a great opportunity to see what scientists do and discover how science works,” Sam Mutiti said. “It’s also a chance for our youth to see what we’re doing in science at Georgia College and to consider continuing their science education with us.”
For more information about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 478-445-5858.