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Live Video Webinar: Exploring Minerals with Geologist Gabriela Farfan

from Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

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From the bones in our bodies to expansive coral reefs, “biominerals” grown by living organisms are critical to life as we know it. Join Smithsonian Geologist Gabriela Farfan to learn about the minerals around us, what makes "biominerals" so special, and what factors impact their growth. Gabriela will answer student questions, in English and Spanish, about coral skeletons, her career in geology, and her love for minerals.

How to Join: The webinar will be presented on Zoom video; click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/782311221


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Length

45 minutes


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Parent, Adult Learners

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:

No maximum


Primary Disciplines

Sciences


Program Delivery Mode

Zoom



Booking Information

This is a free, live, interactive Zoom video webinar that will air live on Thursday, April 9 at 2pm EDT.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

The program is free and a recording will be available online after the live program ends. There is no cancellation policy.

About This Provider

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Smithsonian Institution- National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC
United States

The National Museum of Natural History is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs.

Contact:
Maggy Benson
bensonm@si.edu
2026330129

Program Details

Format

1. Segment 1- Introduction- The hosts of the program will provide an overview for teachers and students for how to participate in the Q&A and chat throughout the program. Students will be also introduced to Geologist Dr. Gabriela Farfan, a scientist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Gabriela will describe how she got interested in minerals, what her favorite mineral is, and whether she’s discovered any new minerals.
2. Segment 2- Definition of a Mineral – Gabriela will talk about the minerals in our homes and define what a mineral is. She will use a homemade mineral-model of salt (halite) to demonstrate what makes a mineral a mineral.
3. Segment 3 – Biominerals – Gabriela will define biomineral, ask students for examples, and discuss examples such as bones and coral.
4. Segment 4 – Scientific Process – She will talk about how she uses tools like x-rays, lasers, and chemicals to look at the crystal structures and the ingredients that make up coral skeleton aragonite crystals. Then she compares these across corals grown under various environmental conditions.
5. Segment 5 - Extended Q&A- Gabriela will answer as many questions from the students as possible.

Throughout the program, Dr. Gabriela Farfan will ask students questions and will also answer questions at the end of each segment. She will take as many student questions as time allows at the end of the show.

The live program and interaction will all happen in a Zoom video webinar. Click this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/782311221

Objectives

The participant will gain an:
-Increased interest and excitement about science
-Enhanced understanding of scientific content and knowledge
-Increased reflection on the process of science
-Increased experience using the tools and language of science
-Enhanced ability to identify with science careers

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Grades 3-5

Physical Science
5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

Grades 6-8

Physical Science
MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.


Grades 6-8

Earth Science
MS-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity - Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.

State Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Grades 3-5

Physical Science
5-PS1-1. Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen.

Grades 6-8

Physical Science
MS-PS1-1. Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.


Grades 6-8

Earth Science
MS-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity - Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth's mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.