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Our Mission:  To provide hands-on scientific education in harmony with the ecosystem and Native American culture.
Our Vision:  BCSCO will operate as a premier natural and physical sciences educational and research facility to attract students, scholars and tourists to the region.

Come for the Stars, stay for the Science.  Our astronomy and science Mini-Classes and Seminars are designed to convey why science matters; to ignite flames of curiosity; to stimulate an interest in the STEM fields; to have fun making discoveries along the way; to create an attitude of "Wow! I've got to find out more about this!"
Rocks Tell Stories

~~ Rocks Tell Stories! ~~
From : 3:00 PM   To : 5:00 PM
Date: July 30, 2016

Time: 3-5 pm

Fee: $5 per person. Limited to the first 20 people.

Age restriction: None. Families are encouraged

About the presenter:

 Linda Pickett, Ph.D.

Pickett is a broadly trained geologist and engineer. She has had a passion for geology for most of her life.  In fact, she still has the rock that started it all – a piece of banded chert that she picked up from her uncle’s driveway when she was five years old. Pickett has work experience ranging from collecting samples of stream water in Leawood, Kansas, to conducting air flow tests on Air Force One. She taught classes in geology at Washburn University and The University of Nebraska – Lincoln for several years, and has led workshops and field trips in geology for audiences of all ages.  She also worked for the U.S. Geological Survey (Kansas Water Science Center) for four years where she participated in investigations focused on the Equus Beds Aquifer near Wichita, Kansas.  Pickett is currently working for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as an Energy Engineer where she implements energy saving projects for buildings on campus.

About the workshop:

When you look at a rock carefully you can discover much about its history. Where did it form? Maybe it was made in an ocean, or under a volcano! What is it made of? Has it travelled a long way from where it formed to where it was found? Was it always a rock? During this workshop we will look at some of the different types of rocks found in Kansas and, using some tools commonly used by geologists, we will learn some of their stories.

May 27th, 2016

7:02am EDT

22275 N Road,
Holton, KS, US, 66436