|Figure 1: Ben Nemo, who is in 5th grade, spent a day at the museum |
working on conserving one of Colorado’s most important
mineral collections. Photo credit: Steven Veatch.
|Steven Marquez will be starting 8th grade. Steven measured specimens, |
learned how to take photos through the microscope, and painted labels
on each specimen. Photo credit: Steven Veatch.
|A microphotograph of a crystal of gold-bearing calaverite. |
Photo credit: Steven Marquez.
The Pikes Peak Pebble Pup program (PPPP) includes students K-12 who explore the geosciences in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. The program participates with the Future Rockhounds of America under the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. The PPPP is composed of the youth of the Lake George Gem and Mineral Club (Teller County), and the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society (El Paso County). A number of students from the United Kingdom participate in the program through the Internet. The goal of the program is to teach pebble pups to become rockhounds. Teen members of the group are called earth science scholars. The program focuses on communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Communication is achieved through a blog site (http://pebblepups.blogspot.com/) where merit badge assignments, lessons, and pebble pup written work or art work is posted. The PPPP use Facebook™ as a method of communication within the group. Collaboration is through local and regional museums, the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, the Science Olympiad, and Cool Science.