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.
The 2015-16 Application for Geokids is CLOSED. A new application will come out in August. The last application was due Monday September 14, 2015. 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.
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