Well, you are in the right place. Mini Me Geology is dedicated to kids and science. My name is Tracy Barnhart and I am a Professional Geologist and I want your kids to love geology, too. Every one of our kits was designed with kids in mind. If your child is 12 or under, we have kits for him. If your child is a teenager, we have a kit for her, too.
I was originally born and raised in Princeton, West Virginia where I graduated from Princeton Senior High school in 1987. A swimmer through most of my childhood, I left to attend college at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and join the varsity swim team. (Go Paladins!) Four years later, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and headed to Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina as a graduate student. (Go Gamecocks!) At USC, I studied hydrogeology, focusing on groundwater modeling. In between my first and second years, Mobil Oil Corporation offered me the opportunity to work in New Orleans, Louisiana for the summer. So, being a respectable graduate student, I jumped at the chance to live in New Orleans for three months! Then, in 1993, I graduated from USC with a Master of Science in Geology.
Right after graduate school, I took a job as a hydrogeologist in an environmental firm in Greenville, South Carolina. I worked there for about 18 months before deciding to move to Charleston, South Carolina to be near the beach. In Charleston, I worked for another environmental firm where I performed groundwater modeling, soil and groundwater assessment, remediation system design for contaminated sites and managed other hydrogeologists in the office. During my time at the environmental firm, I got married to a super guy that I met when I called a request into a radio station (yep, thatís right, heís a DJ) and we started a family. The kids were born soon after and I started to realize that working 8 to 5 in an office was not my dream. I still loved geology, but needed to work from home because of the kids and because I wanted to find work that was more fulfilling than working for corporate clients.
Then I Started Mini Me Geology
When my son, Noah, was in kindergarten, the teacher asked that the parents come speak to the class during career week. I took a bunch of rock samples and the kids when crazy! Later I went to the store to trying to find some rock kits for Noah, and there wasnít anything on the market that I really liked and thought would not only teach him about geology but also make him interested in science. Thatís when the idea for Mini Me Geology was born. My goal with the business is to develop products that will help children learn to love science. Even if they donít become a scientist in the future, I want kids to enjoy science because it affects every aspect of their lives.
I reside in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina with my super DJ husband Michael, our son Noah, daughter Piper and 110 pound Great Pyrenees named Brutus.
I would love to get to know you better and to hear what you and your children love about geology! Send me an email and I promise to write back. Now, visit our home page and check out all of the amazing kits that your kids will love. While you are there, you can watch our intro video that my daughter made. You'll be seeing more from her. She is starting to love the camera!