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Introduction to Mineral Identification part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
"How do I start?" Students are often stymied when faced with a box of minerals to identify. Although we give a careful lecture and demonstration, they still don't know where to start once the box is on the table. The following exercise uses an inquiry-based approached to overcome the fear of tackling mineral identification. Few instructions are given and students discover for themselves how to approach identification. This activity is followed by a standard lecture on the physical properties of minerals and a traditional mineral identification lab.
Wind River Eco-Challenge: A Virtual Excursion Exercise for Introducing Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This classroom activity simulates an eco-challenge course in the Wind River Mountains, which are close to our campus. Our goal is that students approach their recreational adventures more prepared than they would with out having done this exercise.
Navigation Unit part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This is a hands-on activity designed to teach basic land navigation skills using compass, GPS units and topographic maps. This unit relies heavily on math skills.
GEOL 1470 Environmental Geology part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Courses
Environmental geology is the study of the interactions between humans and their geologic environment: rocks, water, air, soil, life. Humans are impacted by Earth processes, and by their activities have an impact on Earth. This introductory-level course will use physical geologic principles (rocks, minerals and plate tectonics) as a foundation for the study of these environmental interactions. This course will explore issues relating to these interactions: natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, storms; natural resources including water, soil and energy; climate change; human population; pollution and environmental policies. Laboratory exercises will apply geologic principles to environmental problems. Prerequisites: MATH 1000 and ENGL 1010, or above. Field Trip required. 4 cr. (3 lect., 3 lab)
Geologic Field Excursion part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Courses
Field excursions will be taken to study the geology of specific areas such as the Black Hills, Central Colorado, Death Valley, Colorado Plateau, Hawaii, Central America, or others. Topics will include rock types, tectonics, geologic time, stratigraphy and surface processes.
The Earth: Its Physical Environment part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Covering topics in Earth Science including geology, astronomy, oceanography and meteorology, this course is directed toward K-8 pre-service teachers. It is also open to any non-science majors as a lab science elective, but cannot be used toward a degree in natural science. Lab and lecture are integrated around current topics, and when offered in summer, is held in conjunction with a required non-majors mathematics course in problem solving.
How do we prepare the next generation of geoscientists in this technology-driven world? We need to attract them in the first place. part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges:Workforce, Transfer, and Careers:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
First of all, we need to have geoscience students in our classrooms in order to start to prepare them. Therefore, we need to start young. Kids love rocks; some collect rocks from the time they can crawl. The question we might ask is: Why does this interest stop rather than expand? Only a few of us who discovered our connection to Earth at a young age become geologists. We need to make it known that being a geoscientist is a good career. Geoscientists with an emphasis on environmental issues will always be employable, from field technicians to industry consultants. We have spent nearly two centuries despoiling North American resources. Problems related to resource extraction will take at least another century to set right. It is geoscientists who will be leading the way.
Suki Smaglik part of Cutting Edge:Affective Domain:Workshop 07:Workshop Participants
Chemistry & Geology, Central Wyoming College Personal Home Page What are the key issues related to the role of the affective domain in teaching geoscience that you would like to engage at the workshop? ...
Environmental Geology at Central Wyoming College part of Math You Need:Implementations
Implementor(s): Suki Smaglik Click here to visit my site Enrollment: 15 Anticipated Start Date: September 6, 2011 (Semester) Challenges to using math in introductory geoscience The math prerequisite for this ...