Mineralinos 2010

Monday, 13th December 2010, 4pm

"Christmas Surprise for mineralinos"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

On Monday, 13th of December the mineralinos – girls and boys between eight and 12 years old with an interest in mineralogy – will meet for the last time this year at 4 pm at the terra mineralia. We are heading towards Christmas with cookies, cake and children’s punch. In addition to a quiz, the terra mineralia story, which will be read to the participants, will add even more excitement. The story tells of the brave coppersmith who goes searching for the heart of King Aquamarine. Adventures await him in the empire of the evil Sulphur Flower Fairy. Finally the coppersmith finds, not only the heart of the King, but also the beautiful Princess Ruby. After that, the Mineralinos will search the exhibition for minerals, just like in the story. To ensure that none of the young mineralogist will leave the Christmas party empty-handed, the two supervisors Annia Grief and Dr Manfred Beyer have come up with a surprise…

Monday, 29th November 2010, 4pm

"mineralinos on tour across Europe"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

mineralinos will go on a mineralogical trip across Europe during next meeting on Monday, 29th of November 2010, at 4 pm at terra mineralia. Children, who are interested in mineralogy and aged between 8 and 12, are welcomed. There will be many questions. What size does Europe have and where are the borders? Which countries belong to Europe? What about deposits and can we find minerals everywhere? The mineralogical journey across Europe will start at the observation platform of terra mineralia. There, participants will get a great overview of European sites. There will be the opportunity to approach to sites via GoogleEarth. Afterwards, children will marvel at minerals in the room of Europe. "We will look at minerals from Austria and Finland", says Dr Bayer, who will go on expedition with the mineralinos. There, findings from the Alps, e.g. rock crystal or smoky quartz, will be interesting in particular. In addition, there will be fascinating minerals for people who were already been to the Alps during holidays or for participants who have searched for quartz crystals in Alpine chasms. Further, samples from neighbouring countries like the Czech Republic or Poland or native sulphur as well as gold from Italy will be mentioned. After the round tour of the room of Europe, little researchers will have the opportunity to identify and canvass the discovered minerals. All questions about the hardness of quartz, the colour of pyrite and the smell of native sulphur will be answered at the ‘Forschungsreise'.

Monday, 25th October 2010, 4pm

"mineralinos bring out the lustre of stones"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

Is it surprising that colourful findings from beach on the Baltic Sea or riverbank look dull and wanly at home? Why is lustre missing without water? The rough surface is apparent during examining. How does a stone look like inside? What turns up if you divide a rock? People, who are interested in sawing, cutting and polishing stones, will learn more about this topic on Monday,  25th of October 2010 at 9 am in terra mineralia. Uwe Thonfeld from the ‘Tonis Haus der Steine', equipped with stone saw and polishing machine, will explain his handcraft to all visitors. In addition, visitor's findings will be polished and will shine. The next meeting of the mineralinos will be at 4 pm. Uwe Thonfeld will make time for children and their questions. Children from the age of 8 can bring their own findings in order to cut, polish or even saw them in a technically correct manner. So, by patience, girls and boys will bring out the lustre of their treasures.

Monday, 25th September 2010, 4pm

"Mineralinos Freiberg mining and its minerals"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

For more than 800 years, Freiberg mining was important for the development of our city and Saxony as well. First of all, silver was won. Later, lead and zinc were gained too. In which minerals do these elements occur? What about the construction of a lode? Which minerals do accompany the ores? These questions will be answered to children from 8 years of age onwards during next meeting of the mineralions on Monday, 27th of September 2010 at 4 pm. The topic will be ‘Freiberg mining and its minerals’. Last time, findings of holiday were presented and identified. There will be the opportunity to bring collected minerals from Freiberg coal-mining district with you during next meeting. You will probably get new collectibles during autumn time by one or two hiking days or family getaways in the proximity.

Monday, 30th August 2010, 4pm

"mineralions findings from holidays"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

Minerals and rocks: How and where did we find them? Identifying minerals and rocks in the group Who did find shining ambers during a walk along the beach at Baltic Sea? Who did discover aragonite crystals on Fehmarn Island? Who did stumble on a white calcite during a mountain tour in the Harz Mountains? Who did pick up tourmaline in the Vogtland? Or who did stay at home and found a red agate near Freiberg? Whether attractive minerals or unremarkable rocks, - every specimen is a nice souvenir of holiday period. If you want to learn more about your findings, you should come to the ‘Forschungsreise’ (expedition) of terra mineralia on Monday, 30th of August 2010. Mineralinos will gather experience regarding scientific research methods. Treasures of this summer will appear in a different way under the microscope. By another method of determination, characteristics like colour, hardness and lustre will be identified. In addition, mineralinos will get significant tips regarding setting up an own mineral collection. What is important during collecting minerals? Why is the source significant?

Monday, 31th May 2010, 4pm

"The mineralinos of terra mineralia are going to make an excursion"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

Hammer, field book, water bottle … what is significant for making an excursion to the country? That is all important in order to be well-prepared and make an excursion on 5 th of June. Children shall find their own agates. So, the mineralinos will meet at the Reiche Zeche Mine (11 am). There will be many exciting discoveries during this tour. In addition, children will not only find agates but also remains of Freiberg mining will be brought into focus. On 31st of May 2010, the next meeting will take place in preparation for the excursion in terra mineralia at 4 pm. Children will learn how the famous Halsbach agate looks like. Where can you find this mineral? What is important in searching for agates? Children, aged between 8 -12 and interested in mineralogy and geology, are invited to meetings of the mineralinos.

Monday, 26th April 2010, 4pm

"mineralinos listen to what the stones have to say"

"Research Expedition" in the terra mineralia, Freudenstein Castle, Entry: 2 €

terra mineralia invites boys and girls from 8 to 12 years of age to a very special tour of the town on the 26th of April 2010. The mineralinos and anyone who wants to become one, will meet on the grounds of Freudenstein Castle at 4 pm on the 26th of April 2010. From there we will all make our way to the upper and lower market places. This outing is all about “Stones in the City“ and all the participants need to keep their eyes and ears open because usually, when we walk through town, we take more notice of the traffic and the displays in the shop windows, or we speak to one another or look out for friends. Hardly anyone registers what kind of surface the street has, what materials the houses are made of, what the roof coverings are or how the entrance areas are decorated. But on the afternoon of the 26th of April, this will be different. Stories about stones will come alive. Employees of terra mineralia of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, will tell us about how the stone was formed and how it is quarried, and why a particular stone is used in a particular situation. Ore containing silver, the original reason for the founding of Freiberg, can still be found at the upper market place. This is also why the whole area is now referred to by the name ”Ore Mountains“.