Mineral and Rock Activities
Educational & Fun Activities
The following activities can be done in the classroom or at home:
- Coring the Earth - a project designed to understand the layers of the earth and their association with temperature, pressure, and density.
- Township and Range an explanation of our public land survey system
- Precipitation of Calcium Carbonate make your own limestone!
- Make a hand-warmer
- Edible Aquifer understand how pollution can get into groundwater and how pumping can cause a decline in the water table and increased subsidence (sinking) of the land using edible ingredients!
- Sedimentary Successions in a Cup learn about sedimentation and the concept of superposition in a fun and delicious way!
- Mining in a Nutshell This activity illustrates the steps that are taken to find, extract, process, and
use mineral resources using peanuts.
- Is it a Mineral? what exactly is a mineral? Find out here
- Asphalt Cookies Everyone loves COOKIES! But when you make these delicious chocolate no-bake cookies you will also learn how asphalt is made and used in paving roads
- Where are Nevada's Minerals? learn where some of the important mines and deposits in Nevada are located
- Soil Liquefaction- This exercise models what happens in earthquakes when soil underlying building liquefies, and how it may affect people in our cities
- Stake Your Claim! This activity will familiarize students with the requirements that a geologist or mining company
must comply with in order to gain a land position for exploration and development of a mineral
- Mineral Haiku use minerals to practice the use of creative language arts and drawing