Press Release

GemKids for Schools Turns Students into Rock Stars


Interactive cross-curricular and standards-based program is free for teachers

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Feb. 4, 2015 – Third through fifth grade teachers have a new colorful way to engage and excite students about geology, minerology and gemology through GIA’s new GemKids for Schools curriculum. From volcanoes spewing lava to digging for hidden jewels, students can roll up their sleeves to discover science lessons hidden deep within the Earth. Best of all, this cross-curricular and standards-based program is free to download.
 
Created by GIA, the global leader in gemological education and research since 1931, GemKids for Schools provides students with big-picture connections between nature, human industry, arts and culture. The program covers how gems are formed in nature, the different methods used to mine them, how civilizations have valued gems throughout history, and much more. By studying gems, students will explore the history of our planet, have more conversations about the intersecting worlds of business and culture, and better understand the changing definitions of beauty and value.
 
GemKids for Schools is a great way to instill a passion for learning about science and how it connects to the history of the world. The curriculum is designed to complement existing elementary school Earth science programs and requirements in the U.S. Teachers and parents can find out more by visiting gemkids.gia.edu/gem/teacher-guide. The curriculum is available there to download completely free of charge.
 
GIA is an 84-year old nonprofit institute dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry through research, education and laboratory services. GemKids for Schools is funded by the GIA endowment, which supports education and scholarship programs.


About GIA

An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut, 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.