Blue John’s Cavern Novel Now in eBook and Print!

Blue John’s Cavern is a new book from the owner of Mini Me Geology. Mixed with adventure and a little science fiction, this new novel is perfect for young readers.

Use Sand Art to Teach Kids about Sedimentary Rocks

Every year I use Sand Art to teach kids about how Sedimentary Rocks form in layers. This is always one of my camper’s favorite activities. Sand Art gives kids a great visual representation of these different layers. Over the years, I’ve found a great way to do this activity without breaking the piggy bank. Pre-colored sand can be very expensive at craft and hobby stores. A great alternative is using salt that you color at home with liquid food coloring.

It’s Time to Register for Rock Camp 2017!

March has arrived and it is time to register your kids for summer camps. If you live in the Mount Pleasant / Charleston, South Carolina, area or plan to visit this June, I would love to have you join us for Rock Detectives Camp. The camp will be held at the Park West Recreation Building in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on June 19 through 23, 2017 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Come join us for a full week of geology fun!

How to Draw a Cross-Section from a Topographic Map

Making a cross-section from a topographic is not too difficult and can come in handy for hiking, driving, biking, walking and yes, running. All you need is a topographic map of the area, a piece of graph paper, a ruler, and a pencil.

Luster does NOT mean only shiny!

One of my biggest issues with science teachers in schools today is that they tell kids when they are learning about rocks and minerals that term luster means shiny. Well, guess what, it doesn’t! I wrote a blog post on this several years ago and it is still happening. Again, my daughter came home from […]

Some Rocks & Minerals May Be Ugly on the Outside but Beautiful on the Inside

t’s easy to pass by rocks and minerals while you are walking around but you never know what is lurking on the inside. Out in nature, the outside of most rocks and minerals look drab and dingy because of rain, wind, ice and snow that will wear away sharp points, dull the vibrant colors and cause cracks in the surface of the samples.

Carnelian is one mineral in particular which looks rather boring on the outside because of this weathering when you break it open to see a fresh surface, you can see vibrant orange colors and sometimes, a hidden surprise.

Use Rock Walks to Connect with Your Kids and Science

Looking for some fun time with the kids away from the television, phones and video games?

Try a “Rock Walk!”

Use these cool new tools to discover the name of your mineral!

As someone who loves rocks and minerals, finding a new sample is super exciting. Geologists use some very basic tools to help them determine the name of a rock or a mineral. Identifying a sample starts with discovering the names of the mineral or minerals, in the case of rocks. Mini Me Geology’s new Rock and Mineral Testing Kit has everything you need to get started with identifying your samples.

Summer is coming…Register Now for Rock Detectives Camp 2016

We are having Rock Detectives Camp again this summer! Woot!!

Our Newest Mineral Kit: Mineral Observation, Hardness & Streak Testing Kit

We are thrilled to introduce our latest mineral kit, the Mineral Observation, Hardness and Streak Testing Kit. This new kit will teach your kids to make scientific observations, test the hardness of minerals using the Mohs Scale and the using streak plates, and compare the properties of the samples in the kit.