Iowa's Geological Resources Workshop for Teachers

Applications DUE: Feb. 1, 2014
Online via Adobe Connect: March 4 – May 17, 2014
On the UNI campus: July 13–15, 2014 

Earn two units of graduate credit and learn about Iowa's geological resources through an activity-based short course through the University of Northern Iowa.  

The course begins with an online component in the spring to prepare you for the hands-on workshop visiting various geological sites and preparing curricular materials in July.

  • Develop rock and mineral collections while obtaining a basic proficiency in their identification. 
  • Focus on the significance of these items in understanding and interpreting Earth’s history and the geology of Iowa.
  • Learn the various economic and environmental aspects of Iowa geology.

Network with fellow geology educators

Participate in several exciting, hands-on activities in the field, and meet other Earth science teachers from across the state. Discuss what’s working and what’s not in your classrooms and share your tried-and-true methods for teaching about the geology of Iowa.

Download 2014 workshop brochure and printable application

This workshop is sponsored by the Iowa Limestone Producers Association, in conjunction with the UNI Department of Earth Science and with assistance from the Iowa Geological and Water Survey.

Application     

Class size is limited. Please apply early to reserve your seat.
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Schedule

The online component of the workshop is offered via video conferencing Tuesdays, March 4–May 17, 2014, through a series of two-hour classes covering the principles of geology in Iowa.

The on-campus component begins at noon on Sunday, July 13, 2014, with a reception and check-in on the University of Northern Iowa campus. The workshop ends in the early evening on Tuesday, July 15.

Each day begins with announcements and an overview of the day's planned activities. There may also be evening sessions, which consist of special presentations, laboratory work, and/or a review of the day's activities. This is an intensive course, and everyone is expected to participate in all workshop sessions.

If you are accepted for the workshop, further workshop details will be sent in February.

Cost

Due to the generous support of the Iowa Limestone Producers Association (ILPA) we are able to offer this workshop for a $200 registration fee, plus a technology fee of $32.25 (billed upon acceptance). This includes two units of UNI graduate credit, lunches and dinners, transportation in the field and instructional costs.

Housing

Students who desire housing at the University of Northern Iowa may make arrangements with the UNI Department of Residence. For information and to reserve a room, visit their website or contact David Schmid, UNI Department of Residence, at 319-273-2333 or 866-207-9411.

Cancellations

If your plans change and you must cancel, please contact UNI Continuing and Distance Education at 319-273-5970 or 800-648-3864 as soon as possible so we may allow those on the waiting list the opportunity to attend. Cancellations must be received no later than Feb. 17, 2014, in order to receive a refund of the $200 registration fee.

Activities & Topics

HISTORY

  • Processes at work in the formation and shape of the landscape and the sediments beneath the surface
  • Environments past and present of the landscape and the subsurface
  • Rocks, minerals and fossils in the geological record
  • Collection and classification of rocks, minerals and fossils

PROCESSES AND PRINCIPLES

  • Stratigraphy, sedimentation, sedimentary environments
  • Field activities as classroom events; taking students to the field for learning activities
  • Geologic origin of limestone

GEOLOGY AND LAND USE

  • Agriculture, environmental geology; drainage tile, ag wells, aquifers
  • Landfills and waste management issues
  • Land use and landscape; glacial topography and land use issues
  • Resource management and land use

ECONOMIC GEOLOGY

  • Aggregate production and product application
  • Sand and gravel operations and product applications
  • Relationship of geological processes to locations of aggregate and sand and gravel locations
  • Site visits to various economic geology facilities

GEOSCIENCE CURRICULUM

  • Latest curricular resources available online
  • Development of lesson plans for and Earth Science unit or for the incorporation into an existing Earth Science/Environmental Geology unit in the current curriculum materials