Mineralinos

Are you interested in minerals and collecting them? Are you between the ages of 7 and 12 years old? Perfect! At our children's club you meet other mineral lovers and learn more about minerals and how to collect them. At the „Research expedition“ (Forschungsreise) of terra mineralia you can make your own discoveries and learn about new minerals. Are you curious? Here you will find the calendar of events. We meet on one Monday per month at 3:30 pm.

The mineralinos are supported by the "I can do something!"-initiative of the Deutsche Telekom.

Programme 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017, 3:30 pm

We’re off to the cutting lab!

If you find agates out in the field yourself, they look really unremarkable. It takes razor sharp diamond saws and cutters to reveal their secrets. At their next session on Monday, 3 April at 3.30pm, the mineralinos – the members of terra mineralia’s kids club – will be learning how, with lots of love and patience, the stones’ beauty is uncovered.

First, the specimens discovered on the last excursion to Süßenbach will be sawed and cut in the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology. The children will then take on the finishing themselves at terra mineralia. Finally, so that the unique shapes can be appreciated to their fullest extent, the agates are polished until they really shine. It’s only after this process that the unspectacular specimens show their many and varied vivid colours and fantastical shapes. And every agate is different – no two agate stones are the same. Afterwards, the children will learn which kinds of quartz are responsible for the colourful patterns.

The mineralinos meet at the terra mineralia ticket office in Freudenstein Castle. For more information, please contact the Info Desk on 03731 394654 or fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de. Sessions are free to join.

Monday, 8 May 2017, 3:30 pm

Collecting, swapping, buying – How can I develop my personal collection?

What do mineral collectors do when they’re not off busy searching for minerals? That’s right! They clean and sort their minerals until every specimen is in just the right place. But at some point you always run out of room in your drawers, and then what? At their next meeting on Monday, 8 May at 3.30pm, the mineralinos – the terra mineralia kids club – will be looking at the whole topic of developing and sorting your own personal collection.

If you just collect everything at random, you’ll soon have chaos in your drawers. But if you look a little closer, you’ll suddenly find particular colours, shapes or sites that recur. You can use these to develop a really professional collection and to inform focussed searches for new specimens to add to it. Because the better you know your favourite minerals, the easier it is to trade and, above all, swap. At this meeting, we’ll give the mineralinos tips and tricks on how to do this.

The mineralinos meet at the terra mineralia ticket office in Freudenstein Castle. For more information, please contact the Info Desk on 03731 394654 or fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de. Sessions are free to join.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Excursion: Visit to the Freiberg International Mineral Show

Real collections are constantly growing and changing. But how can you get new specimens for a collection, and from where, without using up all of your pocket money? This is what the mineralinos – the children from terra mineralia’s kids club – will be learning on Saturday, 13 May from 9am at the Freiberg International Mineral Show.

The Freiberg International Mineral Show is one of a number of shows in Germany where collectors both young and old meet to share their experiences, buy new specimens, or swap them. Because no mineral collector can – or wants to – keep all of the specimens they’ve found or bought forever. At the show, the mineralinos can try out some of the tips from the last session and make contacts with other collectors. The newest finds from across the world are available to view here. The mineralinos will also learn about minerals from Tsumeb at the special exhibition.

The mineralinos will meet at the Freiberg International Mineral Show at the entrance to the Heubner-Halle. For more information, please contact the Info Desk on 03731 394654 or fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de. Sessions are free.

Monday, 12 June 2017, 3:30 pm

What next with my minerals?

So many treasures and all of them belong in the spotlight! But there are a couple of things you need to bear to mind when it comes to looking after your minerals. Some minerals don’t cope well with sunlight and dust. This is why the mineralinos, the terra mineralia’s kids club, will be having a go at building their own mineral showcase on Monday, 12 June at 3.30pm.

There are loads of options for housing your minerals. But what should the mineralinos bear in mind in order to present the treasures they’ve collected as beautifully as possible? If all of the specimens are simply laid out higgledy-piggledy on a board, a visitor may perhaps not be able to see at all how special your collection is. So, together with the hosts, the children will take a careful look in terra mineralia’s own display cabinets. But not so much to admire the minerals as to see how they’re presented. They’ll also investigate how delicate minerals can be kept secure, and what you can use to help set them out. In the process, the children will also get to know the most important rules for storing minerals so that they can also enjoy their own collection at home in their new cases for a long time to come.

The mineralinos meet at the terra mineralia ticket office in Freudenstein Castle. For more information, please contact the Info Desk on 03731 394654 or fuehrungen@terra-mineralia.de. Sessions are free to join.

Monday, 14 August 2017, 3:30 pm

My holiday finds: What have I found?

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Excursion: Gold panning

Monday, 4 September 2017, 3:30 pm

Gold, the mineral

Monday, 16 October 2017, 3:30 pm

Calcite, the mineral

Monday, 6 November 2017, 3:30 pm

The Ore Mountains and their most important minerals

Monday, 4 December 2017, 3:30 pm

Mining and mining customs in the Ore Mountains