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Perot Museum of Nature and Science: Bringing Kids to Science in Dallas, Texas

“Bringing Kids to Science”? Isn't that backwards? Not at the innovative Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. Rather than bringing science to kids and twisting their arms to get them to pay attention, the Perot Museum brings kids to science and greets them with hands-on exhibits and intriguing challenges that entice them into having fun. They yearn to learn more about whatever branch of science and technology captures their interests, whether it be biology, engineering, paleontology, or the earth sciences of petroleum geology and mineralogy. The Perot Museum's mission of “inspiring minds through nature and science” is well placed. This is especially true at the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall where visitors of all ages are greeted with the spectacular color, form, and beauty of fine minerals from around the globe.

Jim Spann and his wife, Gail, are collectors of fine minerals from worldwide localities, who have immersed themselves in the hobby during the past nine years. Jim has a strong interest in the geochemistry, geography, history, provenance, color, and forms of minerals that ranges from the classics to new discoveries.

Gail Copus Spann is an avid mineral collector and enthusiastic painter of fine minerals. She serves on the advisory board of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science where she also volunteers as a docent in the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall.

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