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    Be part of mineral madness at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Sydney Richardson
    Minerals sit on a table in a Gould-Simpson laboratory on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Minerals like these will be on display and for sale at the annual Mineral Madness event.

    Jan. 16 marks the beginning of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s two-day “Mineral Madness” that you can be a part of.

    The UA’s Society of Earth Science Students is leading hands-on events for children during “Mineral Madness” and they are in need of volunteers.

    The activities will include model volcanoes and sieves that allow kids to sift through minerals like real geologists. Volunteers will be expected to educate children on the basics of the rock cycle as well as the inner workings of volcanoes.

    The event is not just for kids or volunteers; “Mineral Madness” is full of activities for all ages, perfect for someone looking to start their mineral collection. An expansive mineral market is also a highlight of the event and will contain mineral samples for purchase starting as low as 50 cents. The ground will be full of exotic minerals including a moon rock on loan from NASA and geology-themed education booths for families and adults.

    SESS is expecting about 500 children each day and is looking for people to run the booths during the six-hour event. To volunteer, contact SESS and tell them you’re interested.

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