Robert Blodgett

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Austin Community College

Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects

Project Leader on this Project

Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges part of SAGE 2YC
Strong undergraduate geoscience education is dependent on effective programs at two-year colleges (2YCs). Yet two-year college faculty face substantial challenges limited resources for travel, isolation, and few opportunities for geoscience professional development specific for their setting. This website documents the work of this project to bring resources and opportunities to bear on these issues.


Well Core Analysis: Capstone Activity for Historical Geology part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
As a capstone laboratory project for introductory historical geology, the class is divided into groups of 3 to 5 students to analyze a sedimentary rock core and associated geophysical log. Each group graphically describes and interprets 24 feet of split core, along with a gamma log for the same interval. The class is provided with hand lenses, binocular microscopes, , spray wash bottles, dilute HCl, a logging form, and with selected research papers on textures, structures, and fossils found in the core, regional paleogeography, and on the tectonics and paleooceanography at the time of deposition. Each group gives a 15-minute presentation of their core interval to the entire class and submits a graphic log for the interval. All students submit a two-page report summarizing their own observations and interpretations of the core interval. Assessment is based on a combination of the group presentation and individual report.

Events and Communities

The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education Workshop 2010

Early Career '05 Participants: Leader

Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers: PI

SAGE2YC TX 2013 Workforce Workshop: PI

GSA 2012 Preparing Workforce and Transfer Students in 2YC: PI

Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges: PI

GSA 2013 Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges: PI

SAGE 2YC Texas 2014 Workshop: PI