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'Sunday at the Quarry' offers hands on learning

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

The BMC quarry near Raymond was busy Sunday, with children and hammers.

"I am digging fossils," said second grade student Carter Routt.

'Sunday at the Quarry' is put on by BMC Aggregates and was started in conjunction with Earth Science Week.

BMC Aggregates geologist Sherman Lundy says kids and adults should understand the importance of earth sciences in their everyday lives. He says that includes getting kids excited with activities like hammering rocks.

"Some of them are rock and mineral collecting for fun. So they get an understanding of rocks and minerals and also some of their uses," said Lundy.

Lundy says another goal was to try to help people deal with future flooding. The Iowa Flood Center started after the floods of 2008. Its goal is to work with people and help minimize the impact of future floods.

"It's important to get out and chat with people and understand the issues in Iowa communities because there are a range of issues that are different in Waterloo and Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Des Moines," said Sara Steussy, with the Iowa Flood Center.

This is the 15th year for 'Sunday at the Quarry,' with about 800 to 1,000 kids taking part each year.

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