Washington Rock’s earth science program gives elementary school students a chance to experience rocks and minerals firsthand. In conjunction with Washington State’s Next Generation Science Standards, our presenter visits classrooms and teaches about the different types of rocks. Students can feel and examine samples of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks while learning about the ways they were formed.
Our presenter, Brittany, also explains the differences between rocks and minerals and teaches students that minerals are in almost everything we touch. When Brittany tells classes that toothpaste contains rock dust, students in nearly every presentation threaten to never brush their teeth again!
The presentation includes an overview of what takes place in a rock quarry and how mined resources are used in everyday life. Classes always enjoy watching a short video of quarry blasting, and they have fun learning about essential safety equipment. Brittany has visited almost forty classrooms since the program began in 2010.
If you’re interested in having Brittany present about rocks and minerals in your classroom, please call our main office. Presentations are about 60 minutes.
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J. R. WILSON AND STEVE A. CHISM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
Washington Rock offers two scholarships every year to one young man and one young woman from Orting High School. The scholarship offers financial aid for the trade school of their choice.
The J. R. Wilson Memorial Scholarship and the Steve A. Chism Memorial Scholarship were established in memory of our operations manager, J. R. Wilson, and our quality control assistant, Steve Chism. Both J. R. and Steve were hard workers whose service helped Washington Rock to grow into the successful business it is today. We hope that those who receive these scholarships will remember the importance of dedication and teamwork.
Washington Rock Quarries is proud of its work with several associations and companies throughout the Pacific Northwest.