Grammar School

A stone?

What does ‘rock’ mean? What do they consist of? How can they be distinguished? Granite, basalt, sandstone and gneiss serve as examples of stone’s characteristics. In addition, their composition is explained. Natural occurrence of the four Saxon stones is located on a topographic map. Finally, the use is demonstrated in order to get a homeland affiliation. So, which kind of stone was used for the reconstruction of Dresden Frauenkirche? How are paving stones made?

curriculum GEO – geography, grammar school 5th grade LB 6 – country of the uplands, LBW 3 – excursion at home-natural environment.
length 1.5 hours; participants max. 25
form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Plato inside a crystal

If minerals crystallize, special structures and shapes emerge. There are more than 200 crystal forms and, among them, five stand out by regularity: the platonic solids. Pupils deal with those regular polyhedra and, by using ‘Euler characteristic’, find out their specific attributes. As practical application, the surface of a pentagondodecahedron is calculated. This platonic solid is tinkered by pupils as well. Finally, the crystal forms are observed in real life.

curriculum MA – mathematics, grammar school 7th grade LBW 3 – platonic solids.
length 2 hours; participants max. 25
form of organization group work and conversation.
material working sheets. Please, bring a pen, ruler, calculator and a ‘Tafelwerk’ with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.

Carbon: from graphite to diamond

Carbon is the most important element in life. Its most famous modifications are graphite and diamond. Pupils work on knowledge regarding development, structure, atomic structure and their use. Further, not only historic relations, e.g. the emergence of the measuring unit carat, are explained but also modern aspects, e.g. synthetic production of diamonds.

curriculum CH – chemistry, grammar school 8th grade LB 2 – chemical compound; 9th grade LB 2 – from carbon to chalkstone.
length 2 hours; participants max. 25
form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.

The rocks cycle

The origin of igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sediments are in the focus of interest. According to their development, rocks show a characteristic structure and, therefore, they can be distinguished. By those basics, pupils can identify as well as classify different samples. So, pupils get a basic insight into petrography.

curriculum GEO – geography, grammar school 11th grade LB 1 – geodynamic processes, 11th grade LB 2 – geodynamic theories.
length 2 hours; participants max. 25
form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.

From quartz to glass

Quartz is one of the most common minerals of the earth’s crust. It is a base material regarding glass-making. Pupils learn which changes occur during processing into glass. In addition, they learn which types of glass exist and how they are used in everyday life.

curriculum CH – chemistry, grammar school 11th grade LBW 1 – glass: from sand to window pane.
length 2 hours; participants max. 25
form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.