Science Stars – Rocks Rock!

Next time you walk by a rock, take a second look at it or even pick it up, and appreciate what it is. How did it form? What kind is it? How old is it compared to you? At the Museum’s most recent event for Science Stars (a program in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools that provides access to the Museum and local scientists for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity), students at North Miami Elementary learned all this and more.

In January, almost 90 fifth-graders met Sevag Mehterian and Arash Sharifi, PhD Students in Marine Geology at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and heard an amazing presentation. They learned how rocks form, how mountains form, and even did an activity to show how geological time scales compare to human time scales, using a roll of toilet paper where different lengths of unrolled toilet paper represented different amounts of time. Human time scales don’t even add up to one square out of the total roll of toilet paper! Students also experimented with colorful playdough, to show how pressure over long periods of time creates wavy layers of rocks, with the oldest at the bottom.


Students listen to the presentation, and start to appreciate rocks more!


Using colorful playdough to show how pressure creates layers of rocks over time

The following week, students and their families were invited back to the Museum, where they not only enjoyed exploring the Museum and having a family laser show in the planetarium, but they also got to listen and sing along with the Miami Children’s Chorus. Songs included “I Love Science” and “The Elements” (imagine singing all the elements of the periodic table), and it sounded like angels were singing at the Museum!


The Miami Children’s Choir performing at the Museum

Stay tuned for more Science Stars adventures!



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