A Field Camp for 5th - 12th Grade Science Teachers

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What is G-Camp?

G-Camp is a 17-day field camp for 5th - 12th grade science teachers that provides first-hand experience with the principles of geology in the field, helps you develop new curriculum and virtual fieldtrips for your classroom, and makes learning fun and exciting out-of-doors. This field experience puts you on the outcrop, on the slope of a volcano, on the footwall of a fault, in a spectacular glacial valley, at the toe of a landslide, and in a pristine flowing stream - to mention just a few of the experiences of G-Camp. Our itinerary takes us through Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado.

Participants must arrive in College Station on Monday, June 29, 2020, Orientation, check out equipment, introductory lectures and labs will be Tuesday, June 30. We will depart on Wednesday, July 1 at 7:00 AM. We will return to College Station in the late afternoon of Thursday, July 16th. Participants should plan to depart on Friday, July 17.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from College Station; however, all travel expenses (bus, hotels) during G-Camp will be covered, and teachers who complete the requirements will receive a stipend to cover meals during G-Camp.

G-Camp will provide teachers with an introduction to the principles of geology, as well as the opportunity to develop and share curriculum materials to teach the standards required for grades 5 - 12. During the trip we will explore geologic landscapes, volcanic features, ancient marine deposits, sand dunes, faults, glacial landscapes, streams, landslides, energy resources and mineral resources. G-Camp will travel from College Station through north Texas to New Mexico, Colorado and back through New Mexico and west Texas. We will go from slightly above sea level to locations higher than 13,000 feet. The views and knowledge will take your breath away!

We travel by commercial bus to each field location and stay in motels along the way. Although we will not be walking long distances each day to reach outcrops and landforms, being able to walk several miles during the day at high elevations is a requirement for participation in G-Camp.

Applying for G-Camp

The first step is completing the online application (link below) and submitting it along with two (2) letters of recommendation. Please give your references as much time as possible to respond to your request for references - apply early!

Applications are now open for summer 2020. Application deadline is March 15, 2020. Thirty-six teachers will be selected for G-Camp. A selection committee will evaluate the applications and determine the teachers selected.

So, what are you waiting for? Complete your application for G-Camp today! The exciting world of geology awaits you.

2020 G-Camp Application

Proposed 2020 G-Camp Schedule

G-Camp Staff

John R. (Rick) Giardino

Rick has been teaching geology and geomorphology since 1972. He is a field-orientated geologist who has undertaken research around the world. He has also been involved with teacher education for many years. He is currently professor of geology and geophysics, as well as professor in the water management and hydrological science program at Texas A&M University. Prior to retuning to the department as department head, he was dean of graduate studies for nine years at A&M, and prior to that he served as department head for 7½ years. He is involved in numerous international geological organizations. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the British Royal Geographical Society. Rick is also on the editorial boards of Geomorphology published by Elsevier, The Open Geology Journal published by Benthem Science and AIMS Geosciences published by AIMS Publishers. He has won several teaching awards.

Mike Pope

Mike Pope was born and raised in California, he earned a B.S. in Earth and Space Sciences at UCLA, an M.S. in Geology from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Mike studied Precambrian carbonates during a post-doc at MIT then worked at Mobil for one year. Mike taught at Washington State University for 10 years before moving to Texas A&M. Mike teaches courses in sedimentology, stratigraphy, field methods and field camp and his research focuses on carbonate rocks and their climate and oceanographic records. Mike recently stepped down as department head of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M and he is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. Mike likes being involved in G-Camp because both his parents were long-time elementary teachers and he values the hard work and dedication of teachers.

Carolyn Schroeder

Carolyn taught Earth Science in Texas public schools for 30 years before returning to Texas A&M to earn her PhD in science education. She currently is a research scientist in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education in the office of the Dean of the College of Science. She authored a paper describing the conduct and results of a meta-analysis of science teaching strategies that was published in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching and wrote a booklet for Texas classroom teachers on effective science teaching strategies. She is also Project Director of the TAMU Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching and very active in providing professional development for teachers in the region, particularly in the Earth Sciences. Carolyn was Texas Earth Science Teacher of the Year in 1986 and is a charter member of the Texas Earth Science Teachers Association. For 11 years, she worked as teacher consultant and lab instructor for NSF Summer Earth Science Teacher Institutes in the Geology Department at TAMU. She also taught a summer geology course for 5 years at Bryan High School that involved an 11-day camping field trip to West Texas.

Kevin Gamache

Kevin received his PhD in Water Management & Hydrological Sciences from Texas A&M in 2014 where his research focus was on water scarcity in the Western United States. He has been documenting G-Camp in pictures and video since 2009. Kevin retired from the United States Air Force in 2005 and currently works full-time for the Texas A&M University System, and teaches part time at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. His wife Rita teaches 5th Grade in Bryan, Texas.

Merlin Lawson

Merlin is Emeritus Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and Emeritus Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After teaching one year at Northeastern University, he joined UNL in 1968. His bachelor’s degree was earned in the Department of Geology & Geography at SUNY-Buffalo, followed by masters & doctoral degrees at Clark University in Massachusetts. His master’s thesis involved the interpretation of glacial and pro-glacial geomorphology. Intrigued by the environmental changes associated with the Pleistocene, he concentrated his research interests in meteorology/climatology with an emphasis on climate change throughout the Pleistocene and Holocene Epochs. Having served as Chair of the Department of Geography at UNL for 8 years, Merlin entered administration in 1986, becoming Dean of Graduate Studies as well as Dean of International Affairs. In 2003, he returned to the Department of Geosciences (currently Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) as Chief Undergraduate Advisor to majors in meteorology/climatology at UNL. Throughout his 43-year tenure at UNL, Merlin published in a diverse spectrum of interests: climate change, seasonal weather forecasting, historical climatology, dendroclimatology and most recently, the remote sensing of corals (in situ, airborne, and satellite).

Unfortunately, Merlin has forgotten all that he ever knew about rocks, minerals and fossils, although people have referred to him as a “fossil.”

Fran Boltezar

Fran taught grades 2-5 for 25 years in the Bryan Independent School District. Most of her years were at 5th grade in Math/Science. She coordinated lessons that she experienced with NASA workshops and incorporated earth science in her lessons always striving to have students be aware of how science impacts and is part of their daily lives. One of her classes also had the honor of serving as junior principal investigators for a shuttle mission. (She has hauled too many rocks back from Colorado.)

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