Two Blanco ISD teachers, Pam Meier, a middle school instructor, and Beth Wallek, a special education teacher, recently returned from “G-Camp for Teachers,” a two-week geological field experience provided by the Department of Geology and Geophysics in the Texas A&M College of Geosciences. Mss. Meier and Wallek were among thirty elementary, middle school, high school, and college educators from across the state to participate in this year’s excursion.
Led by distinguished A&M faculty members and experienced grade and high school teachers, participants traveled across Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado studying a diverse array of geological landscapes. During the trip, the group was able to explore volcanic features, ancient marine deposits, sand dunes, faults, glacial landscapes, caves, landslides, and other geological formations. While at these sites, educators took advantage of opportunities to amass rock samples, log experiences, and discuss teaching strategies to bring back to the classroom this year.
G-Camp for Teachers was initiated by the Department of Geology and Geophysics at A&M with the goal of enhancing geosciences education for students across the state. The program has a special emphasis on reaching inner-city school districts and economically disadvantaged regions that are currently under-represented in the geosciences. By empowering educators with knowledge, experience, and educational resources, the program seeks to stimulate interest in the Earth and transform a new generation of students into future geoscientists.
For additional information about the trip, including the group’s destinations, photos, and leaders, as well as information for prospective participants, visit http://g-camp.tamu.edu.