“SELF-GUIDED MINERAL IDENTIFICATION KITS” AS AN ALTERNATIVE / SUPPLEMENTAL TEACHING TOOL
The kits were developed through a STEM grant in partnership with a local mineral club. The club took on the responsibility of using seven of the boxes for local K-12 Earth Science teachers. A geology laboratory instructor assumed this role for the college geology laboratory students. Surveys were filled in by all participants, and results indicated the kits were a great success. Participating geology students consistently found the mineral identification kits of great value when studying for their exams and attributed their success on the exams to use of the kits. These students performed one letter grade (9.7 points) higher than students who did not check out a kit. Every K-12 teacher utilizing the kits rated it as an “excellent” learning tool and a valuable component to improving their teaching performance.