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Geology

November 13, 2019

 

   

Project Rules:

  1. ALL completed manuals/activity books must be turned in to the 4‑H Club leader by July 8, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4‑H Club Member's Record Book.”
  2. If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of this Insight book. It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.      
  3. Specimens should be about 1‑1/2 x 1‑1/2 inches in size. Exhibits must be displayed horizontally, sized 22" x 28," mounted on a firm backing (foam-core board or other), and covered in clear plastic or other transparent material. Or, you may display your specimens in an insect display box (18 x 24 inches), orientated horizontally. Be sure to include a label with your name, grade, and county. You can name your own labels for your specimens. See the suggested label format found in the Indiana 4-H geology manuals. Boxes make your specimens more secure. Do not put valuable specimens on posters where they can be removed quickly. Be sure to include a label with your name, grade, and county. Choose one of the topics listed below, appropriate for your grade in school, and use that name for your title. Titles must be in the front of the poster or box.
  4. You may purchase your specimens and may display rocks, fossils, and minerals from other countries. If you purchase your specimen, indicate where and when. If you collect your specimen, indicate the county and township where you found your specimen.
  5. Posters and display boxes will be exhibited "standing up" at the Fair. Therefore, you need to secure your specimens securely. Project leaders suggest the following methods: soaking ½ cotton ball in Elmer's glue, hot glue, or clear tub sealant. Place the cotton ball in your box and put your rock (or fossil or mineral) on the cotton ball and let sit. It will take 1-2 weeks for Elmer's glue to fully harden. Specimens mounted with Elmer's glue can be removed by soaking the cotton ball in water. Glue remaining on the rock may be brushed off with an old, damp toothbrush.
  6. When exhibiting rocks – show a fresh surface to help judges identify the rock.
  7. Labels - Include the specific geographical location where you would expect to find any specimens as well as where you actually acquired it (found, purchased, etc.).
  8. Do not identify your specimens any further than phylum and class.  There is one exception to this for fossils which are identified to phylum OR class. Class should only be used for fossils of mollusks, backboned animals, and arthropods.

 

NOTE: Do not cover exhibit with plastic or glass until exhibit is judged. Make sure poster is covered after judging is complete. All Geology posters must be checked in with a piece of plastic.

 

Exhibit: 

Level 1: Grade 3-5 - (One State Fair entry)

Exhibit: Display a poster (or use an exhibit box) based on one of the following activities:

Level 2: Grades 6-8 – (One State Fair entry)

Exhibit: Display a poster (or use an exhibit box) based on one of the following activities:

 

Level 3: Grades 9-12 -(One State Fair entry)

Exhibit: Display a poster (or use an exhibit box) based on one of the following activities:

 

Independent Study: Grades 9-12(One State Fair entry)

Exhibit one of the following:

 

  

 

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