Rock and Mineral ID Parade is a two period outreach program designed to demonstrate the differences between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and the differences between rocks, minerals and crystals.
Students break rocks and extract mineral crystals to identify the different types. They use mind maps to identify their samples of rocks and use scratch tests, acid tests and visual tests to identify their crystals.
VSSEC educators come to your school with large rock samples, microscopes, hardness testing kits and all the safety equipment required for this activity.
Students keep the minerals or crystals they extract from the rocks!