We need a Lortone Double Barrel Tumbler Kit. This kit includes an assortment of rough rocks, grit and polish for each stage of tumbling, a step-by-step guide, and a Lortone 33B Double Barrel Rock Tumbler.
Our early college academy is a public high school located in Wilson, North Carolina that offers mostly first generation college students and at-risk students an opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate's degree with no out of pocket expenses in four or five years.
Our early college academy has been an immense success with most students graduating and going on to a four-year university. Our Science department has big ideas and very little funding available. Students lead funded projects to support scientific investigations into areas of interest so that they can learn as big as they can dream!
The student that is leading this project is highly interested in rocks and gem processing. With this project, they will actively be engaged in this process and with share these skills and experiences with others.
Our early college academy is full of inquisitive young students who have the potential to be great scientific minds. Having a rock tumbling kit that they will learn to operate themselves will help them build teamwork and problem-solving skills as they work together to learn how the tumbler functions and why it has the effect it has on rocks. It will give them an interactive experience learning earth science as well. If this project gets funded it will help my students get a better understanding of weathering and will perhaps plant the seeds of the idea to go into the environmental science field when they get older.
In Their Own Words
Our goal is to show how weathering effects rocks and gemstones by tumbling rough rocks with abrasive material. This will help illustrate to myself and my peers how time, water, and sediment wear down rocks, rounding and polishing them. It will give us the opportunity for a hands-on demonstration of one of geology's most important processes.
The students in our science class will be directing this mostly by themselves and will learn how to lead a project. This will teach us how to take initiative and cooperate when setting up, beginning, and completing a project nearly entirely led by students. Our project will not only help teach us science, but it will also build teamwork and leadership skills.
This project is very important to me because I am interested in pursuing a career in environmental science and geology and I want to have a hands-on experience learning about weathering and its affects on rough rocks. If this project is funded it will give us students at out school an excellent scientific demonstration and may inspire other students to go after their own future careers as environmental chemists and other scientific paths in life.
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