Celebrate Earth Science Day! Oct. 17, 2015

Come celebrate Earth Science Day, October 17 at Mesa Community College (MCC). The Earth Science Museum and the MCC Physical Science Department are co-sponsoring this one day event that will be held at the Physical Science Building on the MCC Southern & Dobson campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earth Science Day represents a local celebration of the American Geosciences Institute’s Earth Science Week, October 11-17, 2015. The week long international event reaches over 50 million people each year and provides opportunities to learn about the geosciences.

“Visualizing Earth Systems” is the theme for this year’s event, and a number of activities will explore how geoscientists monitor the Earth and use data to reveal interesting insights about how our planet works.

One of the featured event activities will involve a special advance screening of the upcoming NOVA/PBS series “Making North America”. This three-part series, which will air in early November, investigates the formation of our continent through a spectacular geologic field trip hosted by Dr. Kirk Johnson, renowned paleontologist and Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Visitors will be among the first to preview select highlights from the three episodes, and a discussion of the epic story that has been billions of years in the making will follow. This event is in collaboration with NOVA, the award-winning PBS series. Major funding for "Making North America" is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Google.

The “Ancient Rocks, Minerals & Fossils Roadshow” will provide visitors a great opportunity to have specimens in their collections identified by a geologist or other experts. Each guest may bring up to five items for the free identification, and this will include access to a wireless, digital microscope for capturing up close and personal images of treasured objects.

Free planetarium shows will present the big picture of how the Earth fits within our solar system and beyond. Some recent discoveries by space probes, such as the New Horizon, will be discussed.

Children can participate in free hands-on activities where they can dig for fossils or construct models of crystals. Free fossil and mineral samples for kids and teachers will also be available.

In addition, a number of local lapidary and mineral clubs will also be present and will offer free or low cost activities, such as "Make Your Own Petroglyph" and the "Spinning wheel". So please mark your calendar. Join the fun, informative activities about our planet!

Download an event flyer with a schedule of activities... (Note that the pdf file includes three flyers. So, please keep one for yourself and help spread the word about our event by passing the other flyers to your friends and family. Thanks!)