This summer I am spending some time working on my lesson plans for our next program year. My Tenderhearts have requested the geology merit badge. I have to say after 7 years with AHG, this will be my first time to work on the Geology badge.
Looking at the optional requirements available, I thought that requirement #7 would be interesting. Instead of my amateur rock classification, why not find a rock from our meeting location and have NASA analyze it.
However, after a bit of research I discovered that the NASA Rock Around the World project is no longer available. The website says “At this time, we are not accepting any more Rock Around the World submissions due to a large backlog. Please check back soon for updates on when more rocks will be accepted. Thank you.” I would encourage you to start by checking the website yourself (here).
I personally found the website very interesting. The “See All Rocks” tab on the side has a map feature that allowed me to see several hundred rocks that had already been sent in from my area and the composition of these rocks.
NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.