Geologists love testing rocks and minerals and, admittedly, one of the most fun tests is the FIZZ TEST. The mineral calcite is made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3).
Hydrochloric acid is the most common acid used among geologists to test whether a rock has any calcite content. In this reaction, the calcium carbonate reacts with the acid and produces carbon dioxide gas, water, and calcium chloride. The carbon dioxide produces the bubbles that you see on the surface of the rock.
Filed under: Education, Rocks on September 27th, 2016 | No Comments »
Looking for some fun time with the kids away from the television, phones and video games?
Try a “Rock Walk!”
Filed under: Education, Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on September 9th, 2016 | No Comments »
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.
Filed under: Contests, Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on August 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »
Save summer boredom with the Rock Detectives kits!
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on June 16th, 2015 | No Comments »
I believe that every kid needs a rock kit. Why? For so many reasons. This article gives you a few reasons why science education and having fun with science is important for every child.
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on October 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »
Do you teach geology in a classroom or to your kids at home? This new book can help you explain the differences between rocks and minerals and how to identify each type. This short video gives you the details about the content of the book and how you can use it with your students.
Filed under: Education, Minerals, Rocks on October 21st, 2014 | No Comments »
This week’s video was really fun to shoot except that I kept messing up the word MAG-NA-FA-CA-TION. I finally got it!
Filed under: Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on September 12th, 2014 | No Comments »
Rock and mineral kits are a beloved childhood toy. From our youngest geologists who pick up random rocks on the playground to older kids who explore outcrops in the woods, geology fascinates kids of all ages (and lots of adults too). Parents can use rock and mineral kits to elevate science in their kids minds and to promote other skills such as logical thinking and deductive reasoning in older kids and classifying and sorting in younger children.
Filed under: Education, Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on September 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
This week Piper reviews our Colossal Rock and Mineral Kit. She tells you a little about the kit, her favorite samples from the kit and does a little dance for you! Goofy girl!!
Filed under: Minerals, Rocks on September 4th, 2014 | No Comments »
During the summer we sometimes feel like our kids loose some the knowledge that they gained during the school year. I find myself constantly telling my kids to go read a book or work a few pages in their “thinking” workbook. But there are a few, not-so-quiet ways for kids to learn during the summer and they won’t even realize that they are finding out something new.
I designed the Mini Me Geology Rock Detectives line of kits to allow parents to give their kids a fun science kit that not only has large, nice rock and mineral specimens, but has a eBook full of information and ideas to keep your kids busy for hours, rather than in front of the television.
Filed under: Education, Geology / Earth Science, Minerals, Rocks on July 7th, 2014 | No Comments »