Joel Aquino

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Gainesville State College

Joel S. Aquino is a full-time HS science teacher (Hall County Schools) and a part-time college instructor( University of North Georgia - formerly Gainesville State College). He is a native of the Philippines and migrated to the US in 2002 as a teacher after spending  almost a decade in the mineral industry and economic geology research. Joel holds a PhD in Economic Geology from James Cook University, Australia. His geologic feet brought him to many global adventures and was part of a team that discovered the $13 billion Sepon Copper-Gold Mine in Laos. As a teacher and college instructor, he is also the recipient of several teaching awards. In hindsight Joel's career evolved from "Explorer of Mines to Explorer of Minds" and currently very much involved in "spreading the gospel of science".

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Activities (2)

The Use of Cube Puzzle and Toilet Paper Roll Model in Teaching The Nature of Science part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
This is a hands-on activity in scientific method that uses inexpensive materials such as carton boxes, toilet paper roll tube, strings and toothpicks. It engages the students to conduct pattern observation, prediction, testing and ends up with a model construction. It also encourages thinking outside the box, group discussion and creation of individual cube puzzles.

Simulating Mineral Industry Drilling and Processing Lab part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
In this lab activity, students simulate two processes applied by the mineral industry - drilling and mineral processing. In the drilling activity, students create a 3D model of a hidden object inside a shoebox by using bamboo skewers as their drilling machines. The location of the first few holes will depend on the students interpretation of their geological, geochemical and +/- geophysical cross-sections. These sections will depend on the overlain maps on each shoebox. The second activity on mineral processing challenges the students to design and implement a flowchart on how to separate the individual components of a water-oil laden mineral mixture.


Physical Geology part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course
This course, Physical Geology, is a college-level introductory course whose general aim is to provide an "overall" perspective about earth science. It is never meant to be comprehensive in scope but provides a conceptual understanding of the underlying physical and chemical concepts governing the earth's processes. Only minor emphasis will given to the numerous terms in earth science as this distracts the fundamental understanding of the underlying scientific principle.

Essays (2)

Integrating Engineering Concepts to Introductory Geoscience Courses part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
Joel S Aquino, PhD, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, University of North Georgia (formerly Gainesville State College) My approach in teaching the integration of geosciences and engineering stems from my ...

The use of field experience and anecdotes in teaching part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
The use of field experience and anecdotes in teaching Joel S Aquino, PhD, STEM, Gainesville State College "Teaching geology without a fieldtrip is blasphemy" Joel S. Aquino My experience in teaching the ...

Events and Communities

ITG Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop 2012

InTeGrate Engineering Workshop Participants 2013

GSA 2012 Preparing Workforce and Transfer Students in 2YC

SAGE2YC Georgia Local Workshop 2013: Leader