[meteorite-list] Elementary school presentation tips?

From: Larry Lebofsky <lebofsky_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue Feb 14 10:42:34 2006
Message-ID: <1139931751.43f1fa672e668_at_hindmost.LPL.Arizona.EDU>


I have been doing this with kids from elementary school up through college for
some time.

Everyone does this differently since we all have different backgrounds and
expertise. Don't be afraid to say that you do not know the answer. This is
better than giving them bad information. I am an asteroid scientist so I know a
lot (but not everything) about asteroids and a lot less about meteorites. That
is a part of why we do what we do: to learn more.

1. Keep it fairly simple (but be prepared for some good questions). You might
start out by asking them simple questions about what is in the Solar System.
Good chance to feel them out. At this age they may know about Cassini and other
recent missions or they might not know there are nine (or 10) planets.

2. Make connections: show pictures of asteroids and meteors. Explain asteroid,
meteoroid, meteor, meteorite.

3. LET THEM HOLD THE STUFF (if not too fragile or valuable). If you have an
iron (best because it is different), hand it around with an equal-sized
meteorwrong. It makes a point. Most other meteorites "look like rocks" so it is
difficult for young kids to relate to these coming from space.

4. Have fun, get excited: you may get a few converts to science (or at least an
interest in meteorites).

Hope this helps.


Quoting "Gary K. Foote" <gary_at_webbers.com>:

> Hi Everyone,
> Ron Wesel has been gracious to offer some samples of NWS to me for a couple
> of class
> presentations I will make on meteorites this coming month. I've been reading
> all the
> books and think I know it all now [HA!]
> Ron and a few others had some good advice [thanks everyone], but I wonder if
> anyone else
> can offer me some tips on making a good, lasting impression on 8 year olds.
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