The Bureau of Economic Geology recently hosted the 22nd Annual Austin Earth Science Week Career Day. After a two-year hiatus of in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, middle and high school students came to the Bureau’s facilities to meet face-to-face with scientists and learn about the wide range of geoscience careers. The theme for this year’s Earth Science Week was “Earth Science for a Sustainable World.” The goal of the event is not only to have students meet scientists, but also to have scientists interact with students.
Dr. Scott Tinker welcomed the group and challenged them to think carefully about the sustainability of renewable energy. The experiences of the day included presentations, demonstrations, hands-on activities and tours of the Austin Core Research Center, the Stoneburner Family Rock Garden, and the Mineral, Rock, and Fossil Gallery. Students visited an inorganic chemistry laboratory, core warehouse and viewing room, and a soil monitoring station. They learned about using rock core samples to collect data about the earth, measuring weather in the field, student data collection on the Texas Gulf Coast, putting carbon into geologic storage, creating a scientific cast of a dinosaur fossil, rainwater harvesting, virtual water, and geoscience careers in environmental consulting.
Linda Ruiz McCall, Information Geologist and Resource Center Manager, led the event, which was made possible by more than twenty volunteers from the Bureau of Economic Geology, the Jackson School of Geosciences, Antea Group, and Allan R Standen LLC. Special thanks to Chuck and Cathy Williamson and David and Nancy Pustka for their financial support of this program.