Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Exploring Minerals with Geologist Gabriela Farfan

A Smithsonian Science How Live Webinar, April 9, 2020, at 2PM EDT
A woman holding a reddish-pink mineral while standing at a table that has many other minerals, and gems on it.
Geologist Gabriela Farfan shows off some of the minerals in the museum's collection. Photo by Jennifer Renteria, Smithsonian.

Program Details

  • April 9, 2020
  • The show will be on Zoom video (not on this page) at 2 p.m. EDT and are 30 minutes long. We'll publish the Zoom link here soon.
  • The program is free, but registration is requested. We will e-mail the Zoom link to all registrants.
  • Sign Up: 2 p.m.


From the bones in our bodies to expansive coral reefs, “biominerals” grown by living organisms are critical to life as we know it. Join Smithsonian Geologist Gabriela Farfan to learn about the minerals around us, what makes "biominerals" so special, and what factors impact their growth. Gabriela will answer student questions, in English and Spanish, about coral skeletons, her career in geology, and her love for minerals.

Your students will also engage with real-time interactive polls.

This webinar supports learning standards in Earth Science and Life Science.

How to Participate

  • We'll publish a Zoom link where the live event will happen on April 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. EDT.
  • During the live show, your students will be interacting with the scientist through a chat window in the Zoom software.
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Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
Learning Standards
Next Generation Science Standards
Earth Science