Bringing Geophysics to Introductory Science Courses: Using IGUaNA and GETSI Modules in Your Classroom
Laramie, Wyoming, August 8-10, 2023
Optional field trip on August 11
Applications for this event have closed.
During field data collection activities, participants can expect to gain experience and understanding of measurement procedures sufficient to be able to collect similar datasets with students at their home institutions. Participants will contribute to the measurement of ground penetrating radar (GPR), seismic refraction, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), magnetics, and gravity datasets. After learning the basics of instrument operation on day 1, participants will switch to 'instructor' mode on day 2 and practice how to teach effective data acquisition.
In the classroom, participants will gain experience with the IGUaNA teaching materials and some of the GETSI teaching materials under the guidance of the module authors. We will guide discussions about how to include IGUaNA and GETSI materials in participants' courses, and consider how to overcome possible roadblocks and limitations. Participants will each come away with a specific plan for how to incorporate IGUaNA and GETSI materials and concepts into their courses and an understanding of how to access equipment used in the workshop for their own teaching.
There will be no cost to participants for participating in the workshop. All expenses, including travel expenses, will be covered by the National Science Foundation's Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) Award under Cooperative Support Agreement EAR-1851048.
See the workshop overview and draft program for more information.
About the location
The workshop will take place at the University of Wyoming campus and in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Tutorials and discussions will be hosted in accessible active-learning classroom spaces and training on software related to field measurements will be done in the Geology & Geophysics Department computer labs. Field activities will take advantage of a long-term research site ~15 min drive from campus in the Laramie Mountain range.
- Andrew Parsekian, University of Wyoming, lead author of Measuring Depth to Bedrock using Seismic Refraction
- Sarah Kruse, University of South Florida, lead author of Pipes, Tree Roots, or Unmarked Graves? Using GPR for Forensic Geophysics
- Klaudio Peshtani, Rutgers University - Newark, co-author of Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland using Electrical Resistivity
- Beth Pratt-Sitaula, EarthScope Consortium
- Lee Slater (in absentia), Rutgers University - Newark, lead author of Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland using Electrical Resistivity
- Danielle Sumy, EarthScope Consortium
Workshop Support Staff
- John McDaris, Science Education Resource Center (SERC), Carleton College
The facilities of the EarthScope Consortium are supported by the National Science Foundation's Seismological Facilities for the Advancement of Geoscience (SAGE) Award under Cooperative Support Agreement EAR-1851048.