Magnetite Crystal Formation Fe(3)O(4), Image Credit: Thomas Parker Hall
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Kids and Rocks!
So someone you know likes rocks?
American Federation of Minerological Societies (AFMS)
Future Rockhounds of America (FRA)
Future Rockhounds of America List of Programs
Benefits of Joining FRA
Their are a wide variety of youth and juniors programs used by clubs throughout the federation. In working with kids in your club, you can use your own activities, a set of activities like the great packets developed by Diamond Dan, or simply have your kids participate in the regular workshops, shows, and field trips. Some clubs partner with professional societies or other youth organizations like 4-H or Scouts. FRA gives your club one more tool to attract kids, parents, and leaders.
However you engage youth in your own club, making them a part of the nation-wide FRA has some great advantages.
Having their "own" club under FRA makes them feel like they count in a sponsoring society run by adults.
Kids feel a sense of pride when they receive their blue membership patch.
While the youth of any society affiliated with AFMS can participate in the competitions and contests listed on this site, joining FRA costs nothing and gives us a way of staying in contact and sharing ideas.
Joining FRA allows Juniors in your club to participate in the popular and educational Badge Program.
The only requirement for kids to obtain FRA membership is to be a member of a regional club with an American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) affiliation. The number of youth is not important: you can have as few as 1 or 2 or as many as you can handle. This program is free to all clubs with an AFMS affiliation through one a the seven regional federations.
About the image on this page
This specimen of Magnetite from the Ural Mountains of Russia displays classic octahedral crystal structure. Magnetite is an iron oxide in the same mineral group as hematite and pyrite and is one of the main iron ores used in the manufacturing of steel. The deep red color is also used as a paint pigment. Magnetite is the most magnetic of all naturally occurring minerals on earth.
Image Credit: Thomas Parker Hall