Learning in the Geology Collections
There is an extensive collection of teaching materials (rocks, minerals, fossils) for use in undergraduate practical classes, in addition to the specialist Micropalaeontology and Planetary Science collections.
The Geology Collections are an excellent resource for educational purposes. Details of the services offered to schools can be found on the main UCL Museums and Collections Schools pages. These include outreach workshops in schools on Rocks and Minerals.
Examples of activities we have undertaked over the past few years include:
Rock and Fossil days for small groups of children and families: these explore all aspects of geology, in a relaxed atmosphere with activities such as fossil casting, feely-boxes, gem panning and fossil rubbing.
Summer Schools for both Primary (KS-2) and Secondary (KS-3) school students, involving visits to the department. Activities for younger children have included making paints from pigments for cave painting, gem painning and feely-boxes. For older children, activities have centered on the rock cycle, and involved using keys to sort rocks and minerals. There is a short geological trail around UCL and a quiz. Some sessions have been run jointly with the Grant Museum of Zoology.
The Earth Sciences Department regularly runs Taster Courses for sixth form students.
Other educational activities include the Mars in the Classroom project which provides years 9 - 11 (ages 13 - 16 yrs) science pupils in the UK with an engaging programme of extra-curricular activities. Students are asked to plant their own manned mission to Mars, exploring a wide range of relevant subjects both theoretically and experimentally as they progress through various workshops. The project is constructed around several self-contained modules to provide as much flexibility as possible.
The UCL Earth Sciences Deparment maintains a list of useful links for schools.
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