HUMBLE, TEXAS – SparkPoint Innovations had a blast with students at  Bear Branch Elementary School with Rocky the Big Canyon Balloon.
Why do we call him Rocky? Well, take a look at those sedimentary rock layers! Did you know his rock layers even extend behind the waterfall just waiting to be weathered and eroded away?

Speaking of erosion, a shout out to all of the students today who participating in the “Break, Move, Drop” song – you guys are rock stars! Can you share with your families the song that helps you remember what Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition mean? We hope you had fun meeting Gary the Snail and finding fossils in the cave. 

A fantastic question came from a 4th grader, Jacob, who surprised Nick with his forward thinking. He stated that if all rocks are being weathered, eroded, and deposited, then shouldn’t all rocks be sand by now? Brilliant!  This clever question led to a discussion of deposition, the last step, resulting in the layering and cementation of sediment/sand to form new rocks to be weathered, eroded and deposited all over again! Thanks Jacob – what a great way to think through the big picture of the rock cycle! 

We enjoyed teaching grades 3-5 today in grade level programs. Thank you to the teachers who attended the program and Mandy Shiele and the PTA for hosting us!  Thanks for having us out to your school today! Hope to see you again in the future!

Searching for the right math.

Fossil Cave exploration.

A sand dune!

Gary the Snail

Happy to be at BBE!

Checking out Nick’s rock collection.