By ROB W. ANDERSON
The Tahlequah Rock and Mineral Society is looking to inspire kids to learn more about the field of geology.
Three area schools were on hand to receive activity kits Tuesday night at the society’s monthly meeting in Tahlequah Public Library Community Center.
Representatives from Briggs, Keys and Tenkiller schools take their students to TRAM’s annual rock show, and society members wanted to enhance that interest with the learning activity kits.
The kits were developed by society members and retired teachers Lynne Arterberry and Doris Grigsby, said Rock and Mineral Society President Maxine Woods.
“Lynne and Doris have worked many, many hours on these kits,” she said. “We hope to continue with other schools later on. [Briggs, Keys and Tenkiller] are just our pilot program.”
The kits, which were provided free, stem from an idea to help raise awareness of rock and mineral classification in younger students, said TRAMS member Anita Potts.
“This started out because we don’t really have any earth science scholarships given away at Northeastern State University,” she said. “They just don’t have the classes. So we thought we would generate some interest in the children, and since [Keys, Briggs and Tenkiller] have brought the kids to our rock shows, we thought we would begin there.”
Arterberry said she and Grigsby went through all the earth science areas with which the kids could do hands-on activities, and purchased all the materials.
“We have fossils, minerals, three different types of rocks; we have all the materials to do things with, and all the activities are in notebooks,” said Arterberry. “Each school will have its own notebook in which we have blended things we felt would be helpful for the students. We have information for the teachers so they can read and understand more about each of the activities.”
Briggs Principal George Ritzhaupt said his teachers will love the kits.
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