Earl Oxford students visit Geology classroom at BU

May 11, 2022

A boy waves and anA boy waves and another boy gives a thumbs-up as they sit at a table with rocks in front of them.
Grade 4 students from Earl Oxford School learned about rocks, minerals and fossils during a visit to Brandon University on Tuesday.

The Brandon University (BU) Department of Geology hosted more than 20 Grade 4 students from Earl Oxford School on Tuesday for a Geology Rocks! class visit.

It marked the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began that local elementary school students visited the department.

During their visit to the John R. Brodie Science Centre, the students learned facts about rocks, minerals and fossils, examining samples close-up.

“It was a real hands-on learning opportunity with a group of excited and keen students,” said Dr. Simon Pattison, Chair of the Department of Geology.

“All went home with smiles on their faces in addition to small samples of Cretaceous dinosaur bone and fossil wood!”

In past years, the department has typically hosted around six or more sessions per year, but the visits were halted in March 2020 with the emergence of the pandemic.

“My students all adored their time and I’m thankful for Dr. Pattison’s patience with their many questions and queries. It was wonderful to be able to hear from a real, active geologist about the field,” Earl Oxford teacher Sarah Hay said. “It’s a wonderful thing to be able to come together and support all levels of learning with the University, and to lean on the community when needed.”