Rocks & Minerals
Division: Div B – Middle School
NC Essential Standards Alignment: None
Event Rules: See the National rules manual
Event Score Sheet: None
National Event Page: HERE
Required Materials: Something to write with
This event is usually done as stations that teams rotate through. It can also be done as an individual test taking event, where each station has been copied into a test for the team. Teams may be viewing any combination of samples, pictures, or recorded/written descriptions. They will then be asked to answer questions (multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer, generating graphs or charts, etc) about the sample, including identification, classification by properties, origin, uses and importance. Teams may be asked multiple questions at each station.
Teams MUST bring a writing instrument. Teams may also bring one magnifying glass and one 3-ring binder (any size) containing information in any form from any source. The materials must be 3-hole punched and inserted into the rings (sheet protectors are allowed).
High score wins. Predetermined questions will be used to break ties.
-Check out this link to find a Rocks and Minerals club near you
-As part of their outreach, the NCSU Mineral Research Lab located in Asheville will send you a free rocks kit if you are a NC teacher. Go to their website and fill out the form, and they will get one in the mail to you as soon as they are able.
NC State GeoSciences YouTube channel. Lots of great information on this channel!
Mineral Information Institute (Great website with lesson plans, student help, information, pictures, and more)
University of Texas Geology (introduction and explanation of mineral properties)
NASA – Rocking the Rock Cycle
Chocolate Rock Cycle Lab
Scholastic website: interactive lessons with the different types of rocks and minerals as well as the rock cycle: