GeoPaths Earth Science Teacher Workshop (Grant Objective #4)

  1. GeoPaths Teacher Workshop held June 20-24, 2022 on UNLV campus
    1. An important part of the GeoPaths Legends program is our teacher’s workshops which we will hold each summer.  The goal of the workshops is to provide a means for UNLV faculty and CCSD High School Geoscience teachers to engage with each other around teaching Geoscience in the context of the earth process on display in the Las Vegas area. The content and materials presented are specifically designed to support the development of lesson plans so that the CCSD teachers can use local examples in teaching concepts outlined in the Nevada Academic Content Standards for Science. The workshops are planned collaboratively by UNLV Geoscience and College of Education faculty in consultation with CCSD curriculum experts. Our first workshop took place June 20-24, 2022 on UNLV campus. We took several field trips to notable geological localities around Las Vegas Valley, including Ice Age Fossils State Park (not open to the public quite yet), Whitney Mesa, and the Great Unconformity at the base of Frenchman Mountain. The teachers were presented to by a number of local scientists talking about their career journeys and research interests, particularly by UNLV Geoscience faculty and other Geoscience professionals involved in the workshop. The teachers were also able to work on curriculum ideas and activities, some example materials can be found on the curriculum page. The following images show the itinerary of activities for the week of the workshop, a group photo of participants, and a collage of images taken during the field trips:

Group photo