Rock, Mineral, & Fossil Collections
Helping Further Oklahoma Earth Science Education
In April 2015, the Oklahoma Geological Foundation and Larry Lunardi established and developed a program to supplement Mr. Lunardi’s middle school Earth Science teaching model. Mr. Lunardi is a volunteer instructor at several middle schools in central Oklahoma where he assists the teachers as they educate their students in Earth Science.
The program is designed to enhance Earth Science education by donating a permanent, on-site collection of museum quality rocks, minerals, and fossils to schools throughout Oklahoma. The “Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collections” program is based on Mr. Lunardi’s experience as a guest speaker at various schools where he has taught and the feedback he has received from students and teachers as he distributed samples from his own collections. These collections allow teachers the ability to instruct Earth Science with actual rocks, minerals, and fossils.
As of December 31, 2018, 106 collections have been distributed to Oklahoma schools. They are currently being used by hundreds of teachers and thousands of students each school year. Teachers who apply for these “Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collections” are asked to determine how many students and teachers use the program. So far, based on the estimates given, over 31,000 students and 650 teachers have been impacted from the 106 collections donated by the Oklahoma Geological Foundation to the respective schools.