[meteorite-list] Elementary school presentation tips?
From: Gary K. Foote <gary_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Feb 14 13:43:21 2006
Thanks Walter. I figured to walk around the class with samples letting each hold them
one at a time to keep track of things. Talk while I walk. Not sure if I can get use of
the theatre for the orbits because the whole school would come and the 'playing field' of
discussion would have to be too wide.
Am planning to take pics of Barringer and some satellite pics of old impact scars to show
erosion. Bringing some orienteds and some shrapnel. A slice of 869 and some sandpaper
[good tip i heard earlier here] and some fragments to hand out.
I like the pop bottle breccia idea too - thanks. Where I cant use orbiting kids i plan
to use the blackboard. yuk. but at least it works.
On 14 Feb 2006 at 12:43, Walter Branch wrote:
> Hi Gary,
> Apologies for typos. I am writing this between patients.
> Done this many times. It's fun. Here is what I suggest.
> Kids that age are very visual and active. One neat thing to do is to have
> some "volunteers" act out the positions of the planets, including the
> asteroid belt. If you have enough room, have them "orbit" the sun. It
> shows them that the universe is not statis and things do change "up there".
> No need to go into detail on Kepler's laws of motion, however. It also is a
> chance to demonstrate how collisions among asteroids can produce meteorites
> here on earth.
> If you can, ask the teacher beforehand and see who the students are who are
> not interested in science type stuff and get them involved in the solar
> system demonstraton.
> If anyone has seen the "Mad Mission to Mrs" at the visitors center at the
> Kennedy Space Center, you know what I am talking about!
> Another thing you could do is to take along an empty pop bottle (1 or 2
> liter size) to demonstrate how asteroids ca become breciaas and how
> different inclusions can end up in different materoites. Pour in some sand,
> mix some different rocks, more sand, etc. Make sure the rocks end up so the
> kids can see them through the plastic. Ad lib as needed but keep the
> language simple. You want to show them that meteorites are made up of
> differenet things.
> Pass around some material but be careful. Dont' pass around sharp
> Sikhote-Alin shrapnel or really fragile stuff. I once passed around a Riker
> mount with the most beautiful large slice of Allende in it and when it
> returned, the Allende was broken. Lesson learned. I never have been able
> to replace it (sigh...)
> While the kids are looking at it, explain in simple terms the fusion crust
> and why it is so heavy for it's size but keep it simple.
> If you can, bring in some meteorwrongs and explain the differences. At my
> last talk, the kids were prepared and brought in several "meteorites" of
> their own. Be respectful and polite and let them down easy if they bring in
> some rocks for you to examine.
> If you can, give away small samples with a brief, simple one-page write up.
> Gear some of this for their parents, with web site URLs etc. Keep it
> simple. I did one last week with a picture of meteor crater, which is
> always an attention-getter.
> Kids also remember things more easily if you can somehow relate the
> discussion back to themselves. You can expliai that much of the "stuff"
> found in meteorites is the same "stuff" in their bodies. The iron and
> calcium is the same iron and calcium in the blood and bones. Again, keep it
> simple so don't use words like nucleosynthesis.
> Hope this helps. Have fun and remember it is more important that with that
> age group, you promote interest and enthusiasm, rather then trying to force
> them to remember a bunch of scientific facts.
> -Walter Branch
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gary K. Foote" <gary_at_webbers.com>
> To: <Meteorite-list_at_meteoritecentral.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 9:52 AM
> Subject: [meteorite-list] Elementary school presentation tips?
> > Hi Everyone,
> > Ron Wesel has been gracious to offer some samples of NWS to me for a
> couple of class
> > presentations I will make on meteorites this coming month. I've been
> reading all the
> > books and think I know it all now [HA!]
> > Ron and a few others had some good advice [thanks everyone], but I wonder
> if anyone else
> > can offer me some tips on making a good, lasting impression on 8 year
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