September 13, 2017

MASON -- Fifth grade science students at Mars Hill Academy recently suited up to become mineral detectives, putting their earth science studies to the test.

“The purpose of the lab was to give them hands-on practice to learn the characteristics of minerals by testing them on eight unknown samples,” explained MHA science teacher Dr. Laura Lucas.

Given eight unknown mineral suspects, students were challenged to identify each mineral by name. The student detectives worked together in groups of two or three to gather evidence about the mineral suspects.  They performed a series of numerous laboratory tests, including observation, light interaction, streak, mineral hardness, cleavage, smell, ice, and solubility. Students then used the data collected to identify each mineral.

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