Can I be a Geonaut?

By North East Yorkshire Geology Trust

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We’ve had a great idea and we need your help!

North East Yorkshire Geology Trust is a small, not-for-profit organisation. We protect our wonderful earth heritage, our landscapes, our natural history and we share our knowledge with all.

We created Geonaut® but there's just one problem - Money. We don’t need a lot but more than Primary Schools can often afford, between £300 and £450 for a Geonaut® Event and around £10,000 for an after-school Geonaut Club.

So. What’s Geonaut®? We engage Primary School Children in learning about our planet, the only one we have, in an interactive and fun way. Geonauts® are Earth Explorers.

Children are the actors of their learning, introduced to scientific methods and critical thinking. For example they decide and argue, presenting evidence, in front of a tribunal of their peers, who killed Trixie, our Baby Triceratops in our CSI Dinosaur, one of many Geonaut® Events. Some others are Rock & Fossil Roadshows to explore the forgotten landscapes of the Jurassic period, Mary Anning and her Marine Creatures, Victorian Geologists and their curios, Purple Gloves in Museums discovering behind the scenes and Outdoor Classes in local quarries, building sites and the seashore with its past and present marine life.

We have a long list of schools, who want their children to become Geonauts®. Please help them achieve their objective by donating now any amount you can afford.

These are just a few of the comments made by teachers and educators:

"The quality and information passed on to our children is incredible”. "Mike allows the children to delve into their general knowledge and pushes their thought processes through carefully thought out questions" “ It has made us more open-minded about using evidence” "CSI: Dinosaur workshop THE best workshop I have ever experienced throughout my teaching years" “Lessons for life from this project” “The children enjoyed learning about rocks and fossils in a 'hands-on’ way which really engaged and excited them.” "I would recommend Mike and his workshops to anyone!”

“Can I be a Geonaut too?” Jack, St Benedict PS in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.

Say “YES” by donating now. If you need convincing, please watch the video we produced with our intern George Cussons.

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Team Members

Benedicte Windle

Andrea Brewster

Dr Barry Butler

George Cussons

Michael Styles

Mike Windle

Stuart Swann