Combining a historical geology project with a campus student organization's fundraising efforts
Laura Guertin, Catherine Nguyen 2003 Journal of Geoscience Education v51 no4 p378-380
This project has students model the geologic timescale using distance as a metaphor for time. Each student writes a summary of a major event or fossil organism. The students would station themselves and their summaries along a path within a gymnasium, and present their information to visitors from the community and the campus. Each student's position along the path was a function of how long ago their organism had lived or the event had occurred, so students could appreciate the scale of geologic time. Visitors were asked to donate money to a charity fundraiser. The authors felt that students worked harder because they were presenting their work to the public and because it served the cause of charity.