Bureau of Economic Geology is dedicated to providing geoscience
opportunities to the K-12 community. We invite your participation
in these and other programs.
in the classroom. Bureau researchers volunteer to visit
classrooms from kindergarten to high school to give classroom presentations
on various geoscience topics. Please contact our Public Information
Geologist Sigrid Clift for more information.
We will need two months advance notice so that we can work with
our staff to accommodate your request.
visits to the Bureau. Scientists at the Bureau provide
hands-on presentations about their current research and teachers
can make an appointment to have a customized tour for their students.
The Virtual Imaging and Visualization Environment
(VIVE) and the Core
Research Center are popular stops. Please contact
Sigrid Clift for more information.
The number of tours is limited so please contact us well in advance.
training. Teacher training is a focus of our outreach
program. We work with about 600 teachers each year to increase teacher
experience with scientific inquiry and current applied science content.
Training is offered at short courses associated with conferences
as well as by special arrangement. We seek additional long-term
grant-funded partnerships with teachers to meet their needs. This
includes internships, summer continuing education, and collaboration
throughout the school term. Contact Sue Hovorka or Sigrid Clift for more information.
Science Week (ESW). The Bureau, in cooperation with over
30 Central Texas organizations, hosts an annual Earth Science Week
career fair. This event, as well as others that are being coordinated
by the Austin ESW Committee, is being held in conjunction with National
Earth Science Week. Please contact Chair Sigrid Clift for more information
about ESW in Austin or visit the Texas
Earth Science Week website.
Fun Day. The Bureau sponsors one or two elementary classes
for this rewarding program sponsored by the College
of Natural Sciences, UT
Austin, and the Texas
Memorial Museum. Researchers and students together explore
a topic during the school year and prepare and staff a booth at
Fun Day, where it is visited by thousands of students and families.
Previous years we have developed and tested the projects Flood! , Is Dirt Just
Dirt?, and Aquifer
in a Tank. Contact Research Scientist Sue Hovorka for more information
or visit the Science
Fun Day website.