What could be better than a morning of constructing fossils, soil painting and the lava game? 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.
The 2016-17 Application for Geokids is opening very soon. The application will be due Wednesday September 7, 2016. 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 classes will be divided and most likely 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 - We know this is a challenge with mixed grade classes.
Applications are open only to second grade classrooms from the local area - Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos. Each school can only bring up to 4 classes. This is a change in 2016.
Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section.