2014 Summer Geoscience Experience for students entering grades 9-12

Summer Geoscience Experience - A 2 week summer camp for students entering grades 9-12

Application deadline extended until June 20, 2014

Program Overview

Geoscientists are people who study the Earth: its surface, interior, oceans, and atmosphere. They apply their knowledge to locate natural resources and to mitigate the effects of natural disasters. Geoscientists are stewards and caretakers of the Earth’s Resources and Environment. Because of dwindling resources, a growing population and a changing environment, career opportunities in the Geosciences are growing rapidly. Geoscience requires strong analytical skills and a career in Geoscience requires a background in mathematics and sciences such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Students who are interested in pursuing a degree in Geoscience in college should plan on taking these courses in High School.

The FIU Summer Geoscience Experience is a 2-week summer program held at the FIU MMC campus on July 14-18, 21-25 for exploring the science, careers and educational opportunities in the Geosciences. The program will include laboratory demonstrations and exercises at FIU and field trips to the National Hurricane Center, Virginia Key, an Everglades Air Boat ride, water treatment facilities, local limestone quarries and other geologically interesting sites. In addition, the program will demonstrate commonly used Earth Science technology: Geographic Information Systems, Scanning Electron Microprobe, instruments for water flow and chemical analysis.

Schedule for Summer Geoscience Experience (Tentative, subject to change):

Day 1: Registration and distribution of materials; Pre camp survey of attitudes and knowledge of Geosciences; Introductory lectures on Geoscience Careers. Tour of FIU

Day 2: Focus on Coastal Processes and Sea Level Rise: Field Trip the shores of Biscayne Bay and the Barrier Islands;

Day 3: Focus on Earth Observation: On Campus GIS, Remote Sensing and GPS exercises

Day 4: Focus on Water: Groundwater Monitoring at FIU; Everglades Field Trip & Airboat Ride

Day 5: Focus on Earth Materials: Laboratory Experience with Rocks, Fossils and Geologic time

Day 6: Focus on Weather: Weather and Climate Based Investigations at FIU. Tour of National Hurricane Center and the FIU Wall of Wind.

Day 7: Focus on Hydrogeology and Habitats: Exploring the FIU Nature Preserve

Day 8: Focus on the Environment: Field Trips to the CEMEX limestone quarry and the Covanta Waste to Energy Plant.

Day 9: Geo-caching and team activities

Day 10: Parents Day: Student presentations including of photos from field trips; planning your final year in high school; tips on applying to college and financial aid, Geoscience Careers.

This program is supported from a grant from the National Science Foundation and is Free of charge. Lunch and is provided as part of the program. Students must provide own transportation to campus. FIU parking passes will be provided as needed for the participants Space is limited to 20 participants.

Eligible Applicants

The Geoscience Experience is open to all Miami-Dade County High School students entering their freshman year or higher at the time of the program who:

• Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

• Have an interest in a career in mathematics, science or engineering.

Download the application packet here!