The week-long celebration of Earth Science Week has come to another yearly end at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Held from Oct. 10-14 the geology department at TAMUK encouraged the community to take a moment to learn about planet Earth. The events of Earth Science Week differed each day, allowing the public to enjoy a variety of displays, activities, and geology concepts.
The first day of Earth Science Week was held at Hill hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. With a joint collaboration from the physics and geology department at Texas A&M-Kingsville, the public enjoyed a documentary on volcanoes, a display of mineral collections, and a viewing of planets from TAMUK’s telescope observatory. Feature displays included demonstrations of electrical producing devices and university student research.
The celebration continued with Geosciences Open House, held on October 11 at Manning and Hill hall from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Open House had a number of presentations from Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Geoscience staff members. Professor Parker explained ocean circulation models; Dr. Su demonstrated a three-dimensional model of Texas A&M-Kingsville using Google Earth; Dr. Sanchez gave hands-on geology field demonstrations; and Dr. McGehee lectured on sedimentary environments from the past. Dr. Ford gave a demonstration on a gem’s ability to split light into two different pathways, thus creating an astonishing optical illusion. Poster boards from previous geoscience majors were also presented at Open House, providing more information on geology subjects and an opportunity to demonstrate university level work.
October 12 brought great opportunities for home-schooled children and parents, as they were able to enjoy earth science activities from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Host of the event, Dr. Sanchez, held presentations about void space in ground water systems and on the mineral composition of wooden pencils. The next day, on October 13, the geosciences department gave a Campus Geology Tour. The tour allowed the community to learn about local geology and receive news on the updated campus weather station “WeatherBug”, which allows Kingsville residents to get the latest campus weather station information.
On the last day of Earth Science Week, the geosciences department held a beautification campus clean-up from 3:00-4:00 p.m..
This gave community members the opportunity to keep their environment and planet clean, bringing a conclusion to the week-long celebration.
Dr. Mark Ford, professor of physics and geosciences at Texas A&M-Kingsville, coordinated Earth Science Week. When asked about promoting the event, Dr. Ford stated, “Come learn what Earth sciences is all about. See some of the great activities and events that are going on at the geology department at TAMUK.”
Student, Felipe Alarcon, commented, “I came to see everything that was going on at Earth Science Week. It’s very important to understand the geology in the area. I personally liked a lot of the field work and geology optics at the event. I think the geosciences department is doing great things and hope that they keep doing these types of events to get more people in the community involved.”