Jan 12, 2019
At the last meeting we worked on requirement 1.4 of the “Rocks & Minerals” badge. We covered the rock cycle & the 3 types of rock (igneous, metamorphic & sedimentary), if you have already earned the Earth Processes badge then you are covered for this requirement(listed below).
For our next meeting, we will be working on requirement 1.7. Each child that came to the last meeting picked 2 states to report on. If you weren’t at the meeting, we picked the states for you. If your name is not on the list, pick 2 states that aren’t on the list below. You are to find the information & fill out the following worksheet for each state you got. If you prefer, you could just write it up as a paper, answering all of the questions. Should you happen to have a specimen of your rocks, feel free to bring it in & earn a bonus bead for each of your state rocks that you bring in. Your findings will be presented at the February meeting.
Here is a link to the assignment sheets:
State Rocks Worksheet.
You will probably need 2 per child, 1 for each state.
Here is a list of who got what states:
Mineral 104 – Maryland, Maine
Here is a list of who already earned the Earth Processes badge:
Feb 10, 2018
We started the Earth in Space badge. We made a model to help remember the names of our “visitors from space”(Requirement 11.2).
We also studied the effects of meteorites & the impact they can have (Requirement 11.3). To do this, we took a pan of flour covered with a layer of hot chocolate then dropped different sized & weighted “meteorites” (foil with different items wrapped inside to add size or weight). We had found that the heavier the meteor the deeper the impression they left. Larger meteors didn’t necessarily leave the deepest impressions since some of them were lighter but they did create larger diameter craters. One thing that was noticed is the starish shaped splatter around the crater.
You MUST either visit our Pinterest page (https://www.pinterest.com/geojuniors/ then scroll to the 11. Earth in Space badge board) or at least the links below.
- A fun way to see the size of the planets & stars in comparison to size.
- NASA’s astronomy picture of the day.
- Explore fifty of earth’s most obvious asteroid impact sites with satellite images and maps.
- Meteor Terminology.
- Asteroid facts.
If you missed this meeting, and want to work on this badge, create the model we did for the different stage of meteors & asteroids & try out the experiment we did. Or pick out any 2 requirements outside of 11.1 to do in place of them.
For our meeting in April, I would like to see you come up with some type of project that has to do with some thing that interests you from space. (This is what we are doing for Requirment 11.1, I am changing it a bit.) I know some of you have made solar system models, that will work. Or do things like nebulas, black holes, the International Space Station, a certain planet or constellations interest you? I am leaving this one up to you & your imagination. A drawing, poster, model, the choice is yours. Families can work in groups just as long as everyone does some part of the project. You will have 5 minutes or so to present it at the meeting. We would also like a written/typed paragraph on your project. Earth Eagle will then weave them into an article for the Pick & Dop.