On October 6th, 2018, the Center for Integrative Geosciences hosted our 3rd annual Earth Science Fair. The fair included many educational opportunities for the families of our community. The event consisted of tables that showcased our work in the Center for Integrative Geosciences. These tables/ demonstrations included:
- Mineral and fossil identification,
- Geode smashing,
- Drone demonstrations,
- Water resources and aqueduct displays,
- Robert Thorson’s book collection
- Connecticut geological maps,
- Major exploration and study abroad opportunities, and
- A virtual sandbox.
Each of these tables had an array of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students helping to provide information to the public. It was a great opportunity for all members of the Center to come together and participate in this event.
Jake Frishberg, a third-year undergraduate geoscience major, had this to say about the event; “It went spectacularly, there were many kids who seemed quite intrigued by our scientific displays and dazzled by the geology prizes such as the dinosaurs [figurines] and geodes. It is so incredibly important to teach young people about geology as it is still a field with much work to be done! Plate tectonics was only discovered like 50 years ago, and these kids could be the future scientists that will find the next big game-changing discovery.”
Elena Robakiewicz, a graduate student with the Center for Integrative Geosciences, led the planning for the Earth Science Fair this year, and says, “This year’s Earth Science Day was a huge success! With an estimate of about 200-250 people visiting us, this year seems to be one of the largest we’ve ever had! The Center worked together –undergrads, grads, postdocs, staff, and faculty— alongside other departments to provide fun and exciting activities for all ages, while also educating about the many geological topics we all care so much about. We’re looking forward to another fantastic event next year to continue on our mission to help educate the public on our planet.”
In total, over 200 community members were present outside of Beach Hall for the event, making it our best turn out in our three years hosting the fair. This event demonstrated a successful collaborative effort between everyone involved, and as Elena has said, we are looking forward to continuing this event for many years to come and learning and growing alongside our community!
A special thanks to everyone in attendance! We had a blast!