The community will celebrated the natural wonders of Earth at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Oct. 10-14,
The Physics and Geosciences programs collaborated for their second annual event. With a variety of activities and displays, the event attracted over fifty people, including Kingsville community families and Texas A&M-Kingsville students. The week-long event opened with An Earth & Space Evening, in which community members were treated to a movie night, a gem and mineral display, and a view of the planets through the Texas A&M-Kingsville telescope observatory.
The first day of the event was held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Hill Hall. As the audience walked into the movie showing room, they were asked to vote on a geology subject. Volcanoes were the highlight of the night, as the audience voted on a documentary following the events of the Krakatoa volcano eruption. As the night continued, the public viewed a variety of displays, including a collection on meteorites, shark teeth, tektite stones, and Russian gems. The Russian Gem collection featured a number of stones, including quartz, magnetite, and amethyst. The event ended with a view of the surrounding planets in our solar system, primarily Saturn and Mars.
Texas A&M-Kingsville students were able to demonstrate electrical producing devices and investigative research. Student Andrew Duncan presented his engineering team’s idea for a tool and method for an in-the-field installation of electrical bulkheads on an orbiting spacecraft. His team will be working closely with NASA engineering mentors and university engineering teaching professionals.
Most of the students who participated at the first day of the event were university students majoring in either physics or geology. Mark Ford, assistant professor of geosciences, and co-coordinated the even explains, “If you’re interested in geology, it will be an especially great event because you get
to meet others who also share the same interest.” For her first time coming to the event, university student Rachael commented, “I liked the event a lot and am very glad that I came.”
Although the collaboration event of the physics and geosciences departments is barely going into its second year, both departments have been hosting earth science events for years. Movie nights have been hosted by the geosciences department for seven years, while the physics department has been promoting science awareness events for thirty years. It wasn’t until recently that both departments came together to make the event a week-long celebration.
The event is expected to be held again later in the fall or spring, giving the community a second chance of learning about the planet earth and space. As Ford states, “Geology is all around us and natural events are always occurring. It helps to learn about them because these events shape our world”
Earth Week will continue until Friday Oct. 14.