G-Camp for Teachers – Introducing 4TH – 12TH Grade Teachers to Current Geological Knowledge In a Field Setting: A Partnership Between Academia and Industry
Texas A&M University and industry (Halliburton; Chevron; ConocoPhilips; ExxonMobil; Hess; Devon; Baker Atlas Baker Hughes) have partnered in a unique approach to provide this knowledge to teachers through a field-camp experience. Inquiry-based teaching is central to the National Science Education Standards and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Because the field is the place for teaching and learning, it served as the backdrop for our inquiry-based teaching and learning. Field-focused exercises were developed by the teachers using inquiry-based teaching to help their students develop problem-solving skills and critical thinking with a geoscience perspective.
Thirty teachers were selected to participate in the program. The teachers were introduced to Earth Systems, modern barrier island complexes; volcanic processes; aeolian, karst, fluvial, mass movement, glacial, coastal processes; tectonics, various environments of deposition; resources obtained through drilling and mining, and human-induced hazards in the environment. Three workshops offered each year in the fall, spring and early summer serve as a follow up to the field activity. The workshops provide teachers with direct experiences and learning activities involving real-world applications in the geosciences that integrate math and science. The mission of G-Camp is to help create a well-educated, highly-qualified, highly-motivated, visionary, ethical geoscience workforce.