CARLSBAD — North County schools now have easier access to Gemological Institute of America (GIA) gemology and geology education through a new, mobile Junior Gemologist program.
The mobile program, which gives 9 to 12-year-old students the opportunity to discover the world of gemology through hands-on, practical training, made its first stops at Pacific Rim Elementary in Carlsbad Feb. 25 and at King Chavez School of Excellence in Logan Heights on March 4.
The program meets federal curriculum guidelines and supports existing school district and youth group science programs. This is the first time that the program has traveled directly to schools.
“GIA’s new mobile science lab is geared perfectly toward fourth-grade curriculum. My students loved learning with GIA and their excitement for gems grew tremendously because of this wonderful experience,” said Katie Jordan, fourth-grade teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary.
Schools interested in signing up for the mobile program can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call GIA’s Guest Services at (760) 603-4116.