Paper No. 31-11
Presentation Time: 4:50 PM
G-CAMP: PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS AT R. KING HIGH SCHOOL, CORPUS CHRISTI
I was fortunate to experience G-CAMP in the summer of 2011. Since then, I have been able to relate many G-Camp lessons, experiences and examples to my Chemistry lessons. Many samples collected during G-CAMP have been used, and I have introduced several examples of what I learned to my Chemistry class. My students have used rock and sand samples as we study classification of matter, physical and chemical properties and changes; separations of mixtures; crystal structures and formations; among other things. In addition, I introduced more rock specimens and geological examples as we learned about chemical reactions (i.e. limestone) and pH changes (i.e. acid wash near red mountain). In addition, the G-GCAMP experience was instrumental in preparing me to teach some of the Earth Science related standards in the TAKS test; specifically I have used G-CAMP materials and samples as we reviewed rock cycle (several samples for igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary formations), and the impact of abiotic factors on an ecosystem- as we relate the type of rock found to the vegetation in the area from G-CAMP pictures. My students are fascinated as I introduced new rocks as part of class demonstrations and lab experiments, and as I share experiences and images from G-Camp related to our lessons. I can definitely say that being exposed to them and having being able to study the samples has sparked interest and inquisitive learning in my students. The benefit of G-Camp has also expanded outside my classes; I have been able to share my rock collection with other teachers in both high school campuses I have been working at, and even with other elementary school teachers in my district.