Mineralinos 2012

Monday, 3rd December 2012, 4 pm

"Mineralinos Christmas celebration: from the visible to the invisible"

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

On Monday 3rd December, at the children's club of terra mineralia, the permanent exhibition of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the "mineralinos" will deal with the fascinating inner life of minerals; the invisible and hidden in them. Because many mineral properties, not visible to the naked eye, are of great importance in determining and researching them. Not all mineral properties can be seen with a simple magnifying glass. Therefore, we have special tools in mineralogy supporting us. It is not possible to imagine today’s science without the microscope or the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and we want to provide this insight to the children." At the “mineralinos” meeting, the boys and girls will learn how far you can look into minerals or other objects to better understand them. At Castle Freudenstein, the young minerals fans between eight and twelve years will also embark on the trails of Gulliver to the inside of a fluorite. This mineral commonly occurs all over the world and can have many different colours. The exciting journey begins in a Chinese mine and ends in a walk-in atom model of the mineral.

Monday, 5th November 2012, 4 pm

"What do fossils have to do with minerals?"

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

On Monday, 5th November, at the children’s club of terra mineralia, the permanent exhibition of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the “mineralinos” will explore what fossils have to do with minerals. From 4 pm, at Castle Freundenstein, the young mineral fans between the ages of eight and twelve will learn why minerals play an important role for deceased animals. Fossils are small animals and old leaves in rocks. But how do they get there and why are they kept there for millions of years? What do minerals have to do with this? Fossils give us an impression, what our earth could have looked like millions of years ago. And we have only the minerals to thank that this was preserved. Deceased animals or plants from a long forgotten time have great importance for geoscientists. At the “mineralinos” meeting, the girls and boys will learn what the world once looked like and which animals and plants only exist as fossils now because they are long extinct.

Monday, 1st October 2012, 4 pm

"What minerals are our toys made of?"

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

On Monday, 1st of October, at the children’s club of terra mineralia, the foundation collection of TU Bergakademie Freiberg, the “mineralinos” will explore from which mineral substances their toys were manufactured. From 4 pm at Castle Freudenstein on Schlossplatz 4, the young mineral fans between the age of eight and twelve years will learn why minerals are so important for their toys. Minerals are valuable raw materials. We only seldomly see them in their original form, found in the ground or at terra mineralia. They are nevertheless indispensable to our day-to-day life - particularly when it comes to items such as Gameboys, mobile phones, but also for simple marbles. Minerals accompany us day by day. The boys and girls are allowed to bring their own toys to the “mineralinos” meeting to explore if they indeed contain mineral substances. At terra mineralia they then get to know the most important minerals found in their toys and also see these beautifully distinct shapes for themselves.

Monday, 3rd September 2012, 4 pm

"How are diamonds formed?"

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

“mineralinos” explore the origin of diamonds: On Monday, 3rd September, the “mineralinos”, the children’s club of terra mineralia, will deal with the origin of the hardest mineral in the world. From 4 pm at Castle Freudenstein everything will be about the question of how a diamond is formed. Mineral fans between 8 and 12 years will learn which processes take place during the development of this mineral, why it glitters so beautifully and why it is so rare. We want to teach the children in a playful way how different processes take place inside the earth and how diamonds are incidentally formed. Just by touching a diamond you can get a first indication of its genuineness. The mineralinos can try this out themselves and hold a real diamond in their hands. Using a diamond tester, the young mineral fans will examine whether the diamond is real. Of course, the "mineralinos" will also be able to view the sparkling gemstones under the microscope and admire them at the exhibition.

Monday, 2nd July 2012, 4 pm

"mineralinos prepare for the summer field trip"

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

Mineralinos prepare for their summer field trip on Monday, 2nd July at 4 pm at terra mineralia, the foundation collection of TU Bergakademie Freiberg. This time at the children’s club, interested mineral fans between 8 and 12 years will deal with the question: What properties can minerals have? The properties of minerals are very important for geologists in the field. It is the only way a mineral can be recognised and determined. Therefore the young treasure hunters will get to know the most important mineral properties. These include density, hardness, shine and fissility. Mineral properties are an important factor for determining rocks and are used daily by geologists. They are essential for determining minerals in the field. The meeting of the mineralinos on Monday serves as preparation for the field trip to the training mine "Reiche Zeche" on 7th July. The mineralinos meet on that day at 10 am in the reception area of the mine and go on the underground educational trail. Afterwards they will look for small objects in the tips for their own collections. 5 € is included for travelling through the mine.

Monday, 4th June 2012, 4 pm

"mineralinos explore a mineralogist’s tools as preparation for the field day"

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

The mineralinos meet again on Monday, 4th June at 4 pm at terra mineralia. Young mineral fans between 8 and 12 years from the children’s club will learn what tools are part of the mineral starter kit and how to use them safely. These include, amongst others, a geologist’s hammer, a magnifying glass and many other interesting things. The children will be shown how to safely use the starter kit so that they can work with it when they go mineral hunting. Thus children will be able to look for and identify minerals themselves without guidance. This meeting serves as preparation for the field day, which takes place next month.

Monday, 7th May 2012, 4 pm

"Where does mineral water come from?"

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

'Mineralinos', the terra mineralia's programme for children in Castle Freudenstein. The terra mineralia mineralinos will meet on Monday, 7 May, at 16:00 in Castle Freudenstein. The children's club for mineral fans between the ages of 8 and 12 will focus on the question, 'Where does mineral water come from?' Boys and girls will learn why we buy water in supermarkets even though it can be found throughout the world in concentrations as rivers, lakes or oceans. Children will learn the difference between mineral water and other types of water and what water actually contains. We want to show the children that water goes on an incredible journey through rocks, before finally reaches us in a bottle.

Monday, 2nd April 2012, 4 pm

"the wonders of the variety of crystal structures"

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

The  mineralinos meet on Monday the 2nd of April at 4 pm at terra mineralia. The children's club of 8 to 12 years olds who share an interest in crystals will look crystal structures this time around. The girls and boys find out what different shapes the crystals can take on. There are needles, dice, footballs, towers and many more imaginative shapes which the crystals  can take on. This knowledge is important in determining their own findings. The children learn the basic forms of crystals, of which there are more than 200, and can rediscover them in the exhibit. Of course the mineralinos can also bring their own finds and try and determine which it is together.

Monday, 5th March 2012, 4 pm

"mineralinos investigate the world of quarz"

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

The mineralinos will meet in the terra mineralia at 4 pm on Monday, 5th of March. This time, the children between the ages of 8 and 12 years, will investigate the colourful world of quarz. The girls and boys will learn the different colours of quart and what each type is called. Most children know that a amethyst is lilac and that a rock crystal is transparent. But there are many more types of quartz. It is important for your own mineral collection to know them all. The children also learn how quartz changes within rock and why it is so important to mankind. Of course, children are also welcome to bring their own "finds" along and show them to everybody.

Monday, 6th February 2012, 4 pm

"mineralinos on the track of volcanoes"

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

The mineralinos will meet for the first time this year on Monday, 6th of February 2012 at 4 pm at terra mineralia. There, children between 8 and 12 years will have the chance to explore the world of volcanoes. Girls and boys will learn how volcanoes are built up and how minerals and rocks are formed in them. Also, they will be able to make their own volcano model. Afterwards children will search for volcanic deposits in the exhibition and have a look at the minerals there. Findings from own visits to a volcano can of course be brought with.