Rockin NC Teacher Workshop


Rockin NC Workshops introduce teachers to the Rockin' NC teaching materials. These include lesson plans as well as boxes of North Carolina rocks and minerals integrated into hands-on activities. Although they would be well suited for other grade levels (eg. 6th Grade), the materials were developed in alignment with NCSES 4th Grade science standards and most of the workshops are geared towards 4th grade educators.  However, loaner kits are available free of charge to any educator out there and available through the GES Department at Appalachian State University

Workshops usually include:

  • Box of NC rocks and minerals and related teaching aids
  • Learning modules 
  • $50 stipend
  • Visit to a Vulcan Materials quarry
  • Rockin NC t-shirt

For more specific details, and information about upcoming workshops, see the flyers.  The PD Workshop, loaner kits and all lesson materials are available FREE of charge to educators thanks to the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University and a partnership with Vulcan Materials Company 

Workshop Resources

All educational materials featured in the workshop  are available free of charge at: 

Articles about the Rockin' NC workshop:

Summer 2018 Workshop Series for Educators

Geological and Enivironmental Science Education Strengthened by Community Partnership


Upcoming workshops:

During the 2020-2021 school year, due to the pandemic, Rockin NC workshops were offered virtually, with over 3000 individual, mini Rockin NC kits provided to students. We look forward to returning to in-person PD workshops! Follow our social media for updates and to grab a spot! (Twitter- @app_earth_sci and Facebook- @appalachiangeology). Next workshop dates and locations:

  • February 11th, 2022 (Hiddenite, NC)
  • TBD (Charlotte, NC)