By Gary Handzel

Get in the Act delivered their “Science Theater: Rocks and Minerals Program” to students at D.E.N. and McGill Elementary schools on April 15-18. This program was generously sponsored by Kinross Gold and The Nevada Art Council.

Led by Teaching Artist Diane Handzel, Get in the Act used upbeat theater techniques as a classroom framework that allowed students to connect earth science concepts to their everyday world. Because students dramatized science questions in lively scenes with their peers, they could learn and retain the content associated with these scenes.

For example, students became “Rock Hounds,” people who identify and classify rocks and soil as they delved into the amazing processes which transform them over short and long periods of time. Ms. Kuehnert, 2nd grade teacher at D.E.N. said, “Science Theater engages students with lots of smiles as they discuss, learn, and handle rocks. The voice and muscle warm-ups make for a fantastic lesson.” And Ms. Nicholes, 2nd grade teacher at McGill expressed, “Science Theater includes very structed and engaging activities. Loved it!”

Since 2009, Get in the Act served over 18,000 students with programs that educate and entertain. For more information contact Gary Handzel, Program Manager at