Kids: take your mineral home!
By purchasing a 2017 event card (4€ for 4 workshops), children and teenagers (6 to 15 years) have access to a wide range of activities! When the card is validated by at least 4 workshops, a mineral is offered by one of the exhibitors. In addition, each validated card gives the right to participate in the lottery and a chane to win a beautiful gem-gift! An original and fun way to visit Mineral & Gem: a small treasure for each participant and the opportunity to participate in the contest!
All workshops are located in the children village ‘Village enfants’, square Jules Simon (Mineral Zone).
Workshops organized by the Flint’s Institution and by the Ardennes Centre of Archaeological Research
FLINT KNAPPING & FIRE STARTING
Discover the techniques of flint knapping and its effectiveness on different materials (leather, wood…), as well as oldest method for fire starting used by our ancestors.
ENGRAVING ON SLATE
Using flint tools, children will be introduced to this form of art that existed during prehistoric times. At the end of the workshop, they will keep their creations.
PAINTINGS, MAKE-UP AND TATTOOS
Ochres and natural clays are extracted and prepared by grinding. Equipment is made available (brushes, soft woods, hair, natural sponges, binders …) as well as mostly pre-treated media (skin, leather, wood, bark, etc.) to represent animal models and human figures. The children will also discover ritual makeup on face and body with models of animal tattoos.
Presented by the Flint’s Institution
The ‘Eastern gold washers’ will lead you to an exciting gold hunt:
- introduction to gold mining
- discovery of the different tools and techniques.
You will leave then with some gold glitter which you will have found…
Workshops offered and led by the Institut Polytechnique Lasalle Beauvais and the Flint’s Institution
Your children will be true adventurers! Using a sieve, they will go and search small fossils in the sand, and the lucky ones will keep their discoveries.
Children realize their own fossils with hardening clays. They will keep their creations.
From dinosaur stencils and origami, the participants realize unique creations on cloth bags or on t-shirts which will be provided.
Workshops offered by the School and Observatory of Earth Sciences in Strasbourg and the ASEPAM
SEISMOLOGY AND EARTHQUAKE
This workshop will give you the elements to understand the origin of earthquakes and seismic waves from posters, animated models and measurement tools such as seismographs.
WATER IN THE GROUND: INFILTRATION AND POLLUTION
The moderators will explain how water moves according to the nature of the soil. They will manipulate silt, sand and clay samples.
Children will be able to observe, identify and reproduce minerals coming from the Silver Valley.
MAGNETISM AND MAGNETIZATION OF ROCKS
Children will observe and measure the effect of magnetism through experiments and games involving rocks, magnets, compasses and magnetic sensors.
TODAY’S AND YESTERDAY’S MINING HERITAGE
Workshops led by the ASEPAM (Speleological Association for the Study and Protection of Old Mines), flagship of the mining heritage knowledge in the Silver Valley (also known as the Valley of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines). It has an archaeological study center with one of the first of Europe’s libraries for mining and metallurgy. The ASEPAM also offers visits to two old silver mines (more information HERE).
Introduction to the first steps of archaeology by excavating a grid area and learn how to list the items that were brought to light.
VISIT OF THE ST. BARTHÉLÉMY MINE
Children will discover this old silver mine located within 100 m. of the event, and better understand child labor of the16th century.
LISTEN TO THE STORIES
Pierre Gemme is the author of lots of books, including a series on dinosaurs published by Flammarion, Castor Doc ‘L’école des dinos’ (‘The Dinos’ school’), and an essay, ‘La Mémoire de la Terre’ (‘The Memory of the Earth’), published by Transboréal.
He will read excerpts from his books, present geological specimens associated with his texts and talk about the sector of book publishing.