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Earth Science Day to be Held at Mesa Community College
Phoenix, Arizona (September 6, 2013) - The Earth Science Museum (ESM) and Mesa Community College (MCC) Physical Science Department announced that Earth Science Day will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm at MCC’s Southern and Dobson Campus (1833 West Southern Avenue, Mesa, AZ). The fun family-oriented event represents a local celebration of American Geosciences Institute Earth Science Week, October 13-19, 2013. ‘Mapping Our World’ is the theme for the week-long focus on discovering the earth sciences, so the Saturday festivities will feature a variety of activities designed to help children and adults better understand the uses of maps and mapping technologies.

Maps provide a visual representation of a place and highlight relationships of various objects. Free planetarium shows scheduled in the morning and afternoon will show the relationship of the Earth within our solar system and beyond.

One of the most fascinating places in our solar system is Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Slightly smaller than our own Moon, Europa has been visited by several space probes, and the data collected have been used to create some detailed maps. A special presentation will compare and contrast different methods for mapping the surface features of this Galilean satellite.

A more down-to-Earth activity will involve a hands-on geological mapping demonstration and exercise. Participants will learn about the process of building geologic maps and collect data at a nearby campus rock garden, affectionately known as Purgatory Flat, to create their own map.

In addition, various local lapidary and mineral clubs will provide information about their hobbies and organizations. They will be hosting several popular activities, such as the Egg Carton Collections. For one dollar, children can build their own personal rock collection by filling a carton with 12 samples. They can choose from over 100 rock, mineral, or fossil samples, and individual labels identifying the specimen and where it was found will be provided.

Another very popular club activity involves the Spinning Wheel which is loosely based on roulette but every spin results in a winner! Prizes may include rocks, minerals, fossils, tumbled stones, or other lapidary items. There is a small charge per spin.

A free dig for fossils along with free mineral samples for kids and teachers will also be available. Parking and admission are free.

The inaugural Earth Science Day at MCC is dedicated to the memory of Donna Benson, a MCC faculty member who led the Physical Science outreach program and was one of the advisors of the Geology Club. Donna passed away in May of this year after a three year battle with cancer. She worked at MCC for 14 years as a Geology Professor and was selected MCC 2003 Teacher of the Year. She organized MCC Science Day and helped grow the outreach program from serving 50-100 students a year to educating over 1000 students a year. Donna will be remembered for the humor, dedication, energy, and enthusiasm that she brought to teaching students of all ages.

The Earth Science Museum to help provide special "Race Through Time" activities at Heritage Square
Phoenix, Arizona (June 14, 2013) - The Amazing Arizona Race, a summer program offered by the Rosson House Museum in partnership with the Pueblo Grande Museum, will be featuring a "time travel" segment in which kids journey to 1895 and experience what life was like in Territorial Arizona. During the week from June 24 to June 28, participants will learn about people living in the new city of Phoenix and explore lifestyles of the Victorian era.

Prospecting was a big pursuit in the Arizona Territory, and the Earth Science Museum will provide hands-on activities to "strike it rich". Kids can try their hand at gold panning and learn about ores and ore deposits by building personal rock and mineral collections.

For more information about the Earth Science Museum's educational outreach program contact: Mardy Zimmermann

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The Earth Science Museum receives $3,500 grant from Staples Foundation
Phoenix, Arizona (November 12, 2012) - The Earth Science Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring all generations about earth sciences, announced that it received a $3,500 grant from Staples Foundation. The funds from Staples will help enhance and expand the museum's educational outreach program that provides hands-on classroom instruction on rocks, minerals, and fossils.
Since its founding in 2011, the Earth Science Museum has been offering as part of its outreach program free educational kits to public schools. These kits include a variety of hand-sized rock, mineral, and fossil specimens and are delivered by knowledgeable, trained volunteers who present the learning materials in a fun, interactive way. Students handle the specimens as they are challenged to identify each sample, understand how it was formed, and learn about uses in everyday life. Fifteen kits were given away in the 2011-12 school year, while 1,584 students were served.
The Staples grant will be used to double the number of schools served, while also enhancing the kits to include magnifying glasses and books on rocks and minerals. In addition, initial tools and supplies will be purchased for the museum's Earth Science Education Experience (ESEE) lab. This lab will offer students opportunities for making discoveries about earth sciences through project-based learning.
The ESEE lab will leverage the popularity of the TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where students assume roles as Earth Science Investigators (ESI's). They will work together in teams to solve earth science mysteries, such as identifying unknown mineral samples, locating ore deposits, or how fossils formed. They will develop an understanding of the scientific process by performing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and presenting their findings.
"The outreach program of the Earth Science Museum provides students with valuable learning opportunities that go beyond traditional textbooks and the Internet. For our children, if you want them to understand anything at all about rocks and minerals, you better get some in their hands." said Mardy Zimmermann, Vice President of Education & Outreach Coordinator. She added that "You can't learn what sandstone feels like by looking at a picture of it."
Contact: Mardy Zimmermann
Earth Science Museum
3215 W. Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017