this instance, I was volunteering as a mentor to four fifth grade
students at Denver's Kaiser Elementary public school. Ed Post of Dinosaur
Ridge and I tag-teamed to instruct them on the geologic time scale.
took one day per week over a five-week period. During that time,
we took field trips to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science,
and to Dinosaur Ridge for research into how life changed through
this information, these young paleontologists (does this make them
micro-paleontologists?) created a time line stretching from the
late Precambrian to the present, with one inch equaling five million
years. After completion of the project, they presented the final
product to their classes.
have given multiple presentations in schools on what is involved
in becoming a geologist, areas of geologic employment, and why in
the world anyone would want to follow this course of action. The
presentation is a combination of slides, rocks, and other visual
aids, such as books (the Big Red Book is a BIG hit), maps, cross
sections and seismic lines.
of the presentation is to impart an impression that being passionate
about rocks is not weird, and that studying, reading, writing, arithmetic,
computer science and art are essential in being a complete scientist.