‘G-Camp’ offers invaluable geology experience for U.S. educators

Thirty American science teachers recently went on an educational trek across the southwestern U.S. in a geology program that combines classroom learning with real world experiences sponsored by Houston-based Aramco Services Company (ASC).

Founded in 2007, the annual Geology Camp (G-Camp) is a Texas A&M University program investing in the professional development of teachers, and in turn, enriching the classroom experience for students. “I could not have asked for a better teaching laboratory than this field camp,” said Bonnie Keller, a G-Camp participant from Virginia.

Trip of a lifetime

Teachers for grades 5-12 from all around the U.S. traveled to College Station, Texas and spent 17 days trekking to national parks in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Along the way, they learned about geologic mapping, gathered rock specimens for their classrooms, and visited sites of geologic phenomena. During the journey, the group started at 300 feet above sea level and ascended to altitudes of more than 12,000 feet.

Texas A&M University’s Rick Giardino (geomorphology), and Mike Pope (carbonate sedimentology), Department of Geology and Geophysics, selected locations designed to equip teachers with knowledge to meet national school curriculum standards.

For four days, Timothy Diggs, a senior geological consultant with ASC Upstream, joined G-Camp participants to offer industry insights. “Aramco is very passionate about having students develop through time to become potential geoscientists in any number of fields,” said Diggs. “G-Camp is part of Aramco’s extensive efforts to support and enable STEM education programs around the world to empower the next generation of researchers and scientists.”

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