Press Release: Students, parents and teachers now have easy access to interactive, online gemology and geology education through the Gemological Institute of America's (GIA) new GemKids website. The site, geared toward students ages 9 to 12, features a Gem Explorer, Gem Glossary and Classroom Guides, and is user-friendly on desktops and mobile devices. Visit gemkids.gia.edu for more details.
''Bringing engaging gem information that is fun for kids is a great way to extend our 83-year history as the world’s leader in gem and jewelry education,” said Bev Hori, GIA’s chief learning officer and vice president of education. “Students can learn about the fascinating world of gems directly on their computers and tablets, and teachers can use this information to supplement their science curriculum.”
The Gem Explorer highlights 15 popular gems – such as diamond, ruby and pearl – with information about each, including fun facts about color, history and lore; name origin; image galleries and micrographs of the gem under different microscope magnification levels; and a localities map. The Find My Gem feature lets students explore different gems based on their birthday, favorite color or by country of origin. Additional gems will be added on an ongoing basis.
The site’s easy-to-navigate content means children and adults can explore the world of gems. Common gemological and geological terms are defined in the Gem Glossary, which also offers an audio pronunciation and descriptive image for each entry. Parents and educators can use the Classroom Guides to prepare interactive programs on gemology, geology and birthstones, or to prepare Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for earning a merit badge.
The lessons are adapted from GIA’s Junior Gemologist Program™, which offers 10 to 15-year-old students the opportunity to discover the world of gemology through hands-on, practical training. Taught by expert gemologists and regularly offered at the Institute’s Carlsbad, California campus and in other global locations, the program makes the complexities of gemology easily understood by all. It also meets federal curriculum guidelines, and enriches school district and youth science programs. GIA has partnered with Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America to create a specialized Jr. Gemologist Program where scouts can earn geology and jewelry merit badges, belt loops and pins.
An independent nonprofit organization established in 1931, GIA is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of color, cut, clarity and carat weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.
Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science and professionalism. Visit www.gia.edu.
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