With a mixture of Sepultura music, 70s band references and hands-on demonstrations Brad certainly proved that Geology rocks! Brad is an engaging American science presenter who has the kids and adults in the audience joining in, shouting out answers and laughing their heads off – we had no chance of maintaining any sort of stereotypical British reserve.
I graduated last year with a BSc in Earth Science, started when Toby was 2 weeks old (an OU degree seemed a good way to use the evenings I suddenly had free after escaping from marking and lesson planning), so I guess it’s no surprise that my youngest acorn is a geology fan too. We joined Toby up to the national kids geology club Rockwatch, but haven’t been along to any of their events yet, so he was really excited to be surprised with a trip to Brad’s Geology-based show. It was a real treat to see geology picked as a topic because it can be a bit under-represented at Science shows – it’s trickier to provide whizz pop bang moments compared with Chemistry and Physics perhaps. I enjoyed the way that Brad linked the show back to local geology throughout – we live an area rich in interesting rocks and fossils, so it’s good to see kids get excited about their home town.
The boys both enjoyed finding out about rock hardness in a hands-on activity based on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness and feeling a cast of an Iguanodon footprint from a local beach. The highlight was constructing a sedimentary breakfast to take home, made of layers of cereals, although after bouncing around in Matt’s backpack their examples of layered sediments have turned into more of a conglomerate. Tomorrow we may have to run the experiment “Is a layered sedimentary breakfast more or less tasty than a sedimentary conglomerate”, although since I mainly have sharp angular clasts in the form of cornflakes and porridge oats at home it will be more of a Breccia (sorry, terrible terrible geology joke).
For more information about the activities and events running for British Science Week events click here (although it looks like there are a lot of things running that are not registered on the main site, so keep an eye out in local press/social media)
To book Brad and his team at Blast Science for a school visit, event or party click here.
For more information about Rockwatch, look here.
My apologies to Brad for the dodgy photo, my other photos were had too many OPKs (other people’s kids) everywhere and I always try not to include recognisable pics of anyone on the blog without their clear permission.