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Geokids Program

Geokids Program

What could be better than a morning of constructing fossils, soil painting and the lava game? First and second grade students from local public schools come on a field trip to explore and experience these fun and engaging activities at Stanford. They are introduced to the "work of a geologist" with hands-on educational activities, focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils and soil.  The mid-morning break is a fun running game we call the erupting volcano.

Each student gets an official Geology Field Book (7.7 Mb pdf) to record their observations, just like real geologists. The activities are led by graduate and undergraduate students, who eagerly volunteer to express their love of geology. Both young and old enjoy this fun and rewarding experience.

Geokids Application for 2015-16

The 2015-16 Application for Geokids is OPEN.  It is due Monday September 14.  Last year, we received applications from 26 schools, for over 2000 students, yet we can only serve about 800 students per year. We do not accept late applications.

Geokids is offered on Thursdays in the Fall and Spring. The program begins at 9:15 am and runs until 11:30 am. Schools with 3 classes will be scheduled on one day. Schools with 4 or more classes will most likely be divided and partnered with another school.  We can only work with a set number of students.  It is important that you provide the best estimate of how many students you will have. Students can only come once, either as first or second graders. We know this is a challenge with mixed grade classes. 

  1. A random lottery will be used when processing applications.
  2. Applications are due September 14, 2015.
  3. Read the Frequently Asked Questions section so that you know what you are signing up for. 
  4. We will begin processing applications after the due date and will let you know via email by the end of September on your school's status. We will be contacting schools who prefer to come in October as soon as possible. We have put together lending kits to do Geokids activities in your classroom. These were designed to take the activities that we offer in Geokids on campus into the classroom. We hope that teachers who are not selected in the lottery will take advantage of these kits.
  5. We serve about 800 students each academic year. We believe that every young student would benefit from participating yet we are limited in our capacity. We apologize if your classroom is not selected this year.

Download Handbook for Lending Kits

Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section.

For more information about Geokids, please email us at: stanfordgeokids@gmail.com.

Geokids TA is Katrina Zamudio. Geokids Director is Jennifer Saltzman, Director of Outreach Education