TEACHING GEOSCIENCE TO NON-GEOLOGISTS: PETROLEUM-ENGINEERING GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP AT COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES
Geologic objectives for the camp include 3-D visualization and how to link surface to subsurface, gather and analyze multiscalar data, relate petroleum engineering to geologic workflows, and integrate engineering, geologic and geophysical technology. Activities consist of daily outcrop-based labs related to nearby oil and gas fields. Labs use mapping, measuring section, sketching, and note-taking to promote geologic thought processes: geophysical data link the outcrop to the subsurface. Two labs emphasize 3-D visualization of stratigraphic pinchouts and folds, which for many students is the first time they actually see it. Another lab relates student-gathered data from an outcrop fracture pavement to subsurface strain patterns. In a daylong Acquisition Game teams analyze oil and gas properties based on the geologic and engineering data analyzed over the two weeks. Challenges include: 1) teaching iterative thought processes; 2) creating 3D visualization exercises; 3) fostering an applied science approach; and 4) maintaining a positive attitude toward geology and the outdoors. Evaluation methods consist of reports, exams, daily journals, individual and small-group feedback sessions, and questionnaires.