Mini Me Geology
When asked to visit her child’s classroom to talk about her career, Tracy Barnhart knew the children wouldn’t quite understand the intricacies of her position at an environmental consulting firm. Instead she took a bunch of rock, mineral and gemstone samples and told them what a geologist does. The kids were intrigued. This reaction set Barnhart on a new mission. Today, Mini Me Geology is committed to giving educators and children the highest quality of rock and mineral samples from around the world and information to encourage interest in and learning of geology. The company emphasizes learning by providing articles, projects, newsletter, relative current event information, ID accessories. Everything children need to enjoy and understand the science of geology. www.minimegeology.com
Giverny, Inc. Background
In 2007, Giverny, Inc. launched its website, www.MiniMeGeology.com, which provides rock and mineral collections for children along with free geology information on the website. These resources are provided through articles, ask-a-geologist question and answers, word puzzles, experiments and project ideas.
Mini Me Geology was born out of an idea from the owner’s children and their friends who were interested in rocks during parent day at school. Giverny launched the Mini Me Geology division to promote the study of rocks and minerals to elementary-aged kids. Giverny develops and produces its own line of rock and mineral collections for children homeschool families and elementary teachers. Because we care about kids, we use as many USA-made items in our kits as possible. In fact, the only parts that may be from distant countries may be some of the rock samples. The boxes, foam, labels and identification information are all produced in the USA and the kits are assembled in our South Carolina headquarters.
Giverny, Inc. Key Personnel Biographies
Tracy Barnhart, President, has over 17 years of experience as a geologist. Tracy has a B.S. in geology from Furman University and a M.S. in geology from the University of South Carolina. Prior to co-founding Giverny, Inc., Tracy worked in the environmental consulting industry. She runs the day-to-day operations of Giverny, Inc. and develops the Mini Me Geology rock and mineral collections.
Michael Barnhart, Vice-President, has over 25 years of experience in the communications industry. Michael is a graduate of the Brown College School of Communications and is active in the radio business both behind the microphone and behind the computer systems. He is in charge of the creative and technical aspects of Giverny, Inc.
Company Contact Information:
Giverny, Inc. / Mini Me Geology
PO Box 342, Huger, SC 29450
Tracy Barnhart, President
Michael Barnhart, Vice-President
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