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2020 CANCELLED.  PLEASE PLAN FOR 2021.

Wichita Gem and Mineral Show Education Day for Schools, Scouts, and 4-H

The Wichita Gem and Mineral Society offers an exciting and educational experience for schools, scouts, and 4-H groups.  This is a great field trip opportunity to learn about mineralogy, rocks, and minerals with a hands on learning experience, to see many educational rock and mineral displays, to participate in rock collecting in the Junior Rock Pile, and to purchase Grab Bags containing 6 identified mineral specimens, a fossil, a fossil shark’s tooth, a polished rock, and a rock pendant necklace.

The Friday of the Wichita Gem and Mineral Show is Education Day, which is April 23 2021.  30 minute educational programs for youth groups provide for the participants to identify 8 different minerals using simple testing methods used by professional mineralogists to identify minerals.  A flow chart showing how the exercise works is shown below.  The participants are provided the 8 mineral specimens and the simple testing materials.  An instructor guides them through the procedure.  The target audience is 3rd to 5th graders, although younger or older youth will still benefit from the program.

There is a $25.00 grant available, upon request, for each youth group attending the educational program.  The grant can be used to defer some travel expense, be used to provide class members an opportunity to purchase items at the show, or any other way the teacher wishes to support the attendance of her/his class at the show.  The Junior Rock Pile costs 50 cents, and Grab Bags cost $2.00.  There are also 20 retail dealers at the show who have inexpensive items that can be purchased.  There is no charge for youth groups on Friday to attend the show and participate in the mineral ID program.  Reservations must be made ahead of time.

The show is held at the Cessna Employees Activity Center at 2744 S. George Washington Blvd, Wichita.  Show hours are from 9 to 5 on Friday, April 23 2021, 10 to 6 on Saturday, and 10 to 5 on Sunday.  The mineral ID classes are held from 9:30 to 3:00 on Friday.  Reservations and grant applications can be made by calling Kay Johnson at 620-442-0334 or 620-660-1837, or email at [email protected]

The Wichita Gem and Mineral Society Annual Show is an approved USD 259 field trip activity. We invite you to bring your students! Admission for students is FREE with accompanying adults on Friday through 5pm. In addition, educators can receive $25 incentive grants for expenses. Contact Gene Maggard at [email protected]  to make grant arrangements.

Educational Programs and Opportunities

Hands-on Educational Program

In our 30-minute education program, students use scientific inquiry to identify selected minerals. Reservations are required for this program. You can make a reservation starting January 1st by contacting Gene Maggard at [email protected] for reservations. Reservations for the program are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Demonstrations & Displays

Our show features many skilled craftsmen demonstrating lapidary crafts including: rock tumbling/polishing, sphere and cabochon making, glass blowing, jewelry making, flint knapping, faceting and more! There are many display cases and interactional exhibits. Favorites include the touch and feel table where students can touch the rock and fossil specimens; and the fluorescent show where rocks glow under fluorescent light.

Youth Shopping Opportunities

Many dealers feature special offers of mineral specimens for youth. In addition, our club offers grab bags for $2.00 and a junior rock pile for 50 cents. Educational book about fossils and rocks can be purchased for $1.50.