University of Texas at Austin

Bureau Hosts 18th Annual Austin Earth Science Week Career Day

November 2, 2017
Earth Science Week

The Bureau of Economic Geology joined with area geoscience professionals to host the 18th Annual Austin Earth Science Week Career Day on October 6. Earth Science Week engages students in discovering earth sciences, encourages Earth stewardship, and motivates geoscientists to share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for our planet. Participants included 340 middle school students from Bastrop, Gorzycki, Ridgeview, and Bedicheck middle schools, joined by the Eco-Explorers and Austin Area Homeschool Science Team. 

Students were engaged by presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities showcasing exploration geology, hydrology, seismology, geophysics, paleontology, geologic mapping, meteorology, planetary and solar system studies, gems and minerals, archeology, and engineering, led by approximately 65 geoscience professionals from the U.S. Geological Survey, Texas Water Development Board, City of Austin, TxDOT, Lower Colorado River Authority, KOKE FM radio, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and others. Many thanks to all the volunteers and the financial sponsors: Statoil (underwriting sponsor), Parsley Energy, Austin Geological Society, and the Subsurface Library. 

Earth Science Week

Above: Earth Science Week organizer Linda McCall welcomes a packed house. Below: The Bureau's Earth Science Week Career Day Team.  

Earth Science Week team