David Voorhees

Earth Science / Geology

Waubonsee Community College

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Activities (2)

The Oil Game: Problem-based learning exercise in an Environmental Geology lecture-format class part of Geoscience in Two-year Colleges:Activities
In a capstone exercise in a unit on energy in an Environmental Geology class of non-science majors, students participate in a 'field-based' simulation of oil exploration and exploitation which uses readily available supplies and easily constructed equipment. The class is divided into oil companies of no more than 4 'employees', in which they are asked to explore and model an oil prospect in a 'field area' set up in the classroom. Along the way, they are using the scientific method, and are exposed to skills and tools used by professional geologists. They are asked to (1) acquire 'field data', (2) construct a subsurface geologic model of the field area, (3) 'drill' an exploration well, (4) calculate the economics associated with a simulated development plan of the newly discovered oil field using the current price of oil, and (5) discuss and recommend to management (you, the instructor) the economic viability of the prospect by suggesting to proceed with development, or to wait for a particular scenario (i.e., price of oil).

Aurora Mastodont Project - Matrix Analyses Project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
This is a laboratory based assignment that is for Introductory level geoscience classes (Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Earth Science) that brings an authentic research experience to your students. In the assignment, students are asked to process and interpret screenwash from the 2004 Aurora Mastodont Project, and to contribute authentic research results to the ongoing post-dig analyses. Students then contribute their results to a database to compare theirs to their colleagues around the country. This is an ongoing and free exercise available by requesting samples of screenwash (details below). This is one of several exercises that I ask my Earth Science students to complete as an introduction to the nature of science and the geosciences, that I call GSI (GeoScience Investigations) which was presented as a poster during the 2013 GSA in Denver.

Essays (3)

Supporting Student Success part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
The reason I became a geology instructor is that I want to instill the passion I have for the earth in my students. I want to be able to give to my students some of the understanding of how the earth works, because they are to become the stewards of this planet long after I am gone. I feel that I am not able to bring this passion and understanding to many of my students, and I continually try to engage all of my students, just as the geosciences engage all of them in their everyday lives. Most all effective instructors have a 'bag of tricks' through which they engage their students that evolves, as it should, as we get different populations of students in our classrooms. As most of my General Education, Survey of Earth Science students are millennials, engaging them is one of my biggest challenges as a geoscience educator. I have developed several ways that I think, bring to my students the nature of science, scientific inquiry, and along the way, make the content relevant to their lives. They fall into two groups: place-basedintegration and mentoring.

The Geo2YC Division of NAGT part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Essays
David Voorhees, Associate Professor Earth Science / Geology, Waubonsee Community College Download this essay (Acrobat (PDF) 21kB Sep27 12) 1. From your perspective, what are the two things that your disciplinary ...

Identifying geoscience 'majors' at Waubonsee part of SAGE 2YC:Workforce, Transfer, and Careers:Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers:Essays
I have been teaching Earth Science, Geology, Astronomy and Geography full time at Waubonsee Community College for 10 years. As most of my teaching is the General Education Survey of Earth Science class, a 3-­‐credit lecture course covering physical geology, oceanography, meteorology and astronomy, I don't have many, or know of many, geoscience majors in my classes, although I have identified several over the years using various techniques, four of which are described below.

Other Contributions (2)

David H. Voorhees part of Supporting Community College Faculty Across the Disciplines:Fall 2012 Workshop:Participant Profiles
Associate Professor Earth Science / Geology Waubonsee Community College Rt 47 @ Waubonsee Drive Sugar Grove, IL 60554 dvoorhees@waubonsee.edu Phone:630.466.2783 Background Information David Voorhees has been ...

Dolomite part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Rock and Mineral Exchange:Postings
Dave Voorhees, Waubonsee Community College dvoorhees@waubonsee.edu Description of Available Specimens How many pieces are available: Large Collection I can provide hand specimens (and larger) of Sugar Run ...

Events and Communities

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

Preparing Students in Two-year Colleges for Careers

SAGE2YC Chicago Local Workshop 2013: Leader

Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges

Cutting Edge 2014 Undergrad Research