Secondary 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, secondary school 5th grade LB 6 – country of the uplands.
length 1.5 hours; form of organization group work and conversation
material working sheets. Please bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.

From the OREmountains

Why is the mountain range on our doorstep named after ore? What do ores have to do with minerals? Which ores were so important that the Erzgebirge received the title UNESCO World Heritage? The pupils discover which minerals were mined in their homeland, which objects were created from them and which important inventions they led to.

Curriculum Geography OS Kl. 5 LB 6 - low mountain range country, LBW 3 Excursion in the home region - The natural environment. GYM Kl. 5 LB 2 - Orientation in Germany, LB 6 - Low mountain range country, LBW 3 Excursion in the home area – The natural environment.
length 1.5 hours form of organization group work and conversation
material working sheets. Please bring a pen with you!
Place Mineralogical collectionGermany.

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, secondary school 8th grade LBW 3 – polyedra.
length 2 hours form of organization group work and conversation.
material working sheets. A pen, ruler, calculator and a ‘Tafelwerk’ are necessary.
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, secondary school 9th grade LBW 3 – the element carbon.
length 2 hours 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, secondary school 10th grade LB 1 – the local landscape in a system of geographic zones.
length 2 hours form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.

A world of silver?

Silver is valuable because it was used to make coins and jewellery, and it is also found in almost all areas of our lives. This is due to its special properties. The students get to know the mineral silver in all its variations: From its modern application in electrical engineering, medicine or as food to its historical significance for minting coins and mining in the Ore Mountains, which led to the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site for the Erzgebirge.

Curriculum Chemistry OS Kl. 8 LB 1 - Substances that surround us. GYM class 7 LB 2 - metals - from aluminium to Zinc. Geography. OS Kl. 10 LWB 2 - All around the Saxony's natural resources. GYM Kl. 11 (GK) LB 4 - Resources and their use. Kl. 11 (LK) LB 7- Use, hazard and protection of resources.
length 2 hours form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.
Place Mineralogical Collection Germany.

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, secondary school 9th grade LBW 1 – glass and ceramic material.
length 2 hours form of organization group work and conversation
material Working sheets. Please, bring a pen with you!
charges € 65, plus admission fee.