STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 Conference

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceSTORE, in partnership with the TXESS Revolution, provided the keynote speakers on Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Technology, along with workshops for teachers and science specialists, at the 2011 Florida Association of Science Teachers Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (October 19-22, 2011). Over 800 people participated in the conference.

Photo: Drs. Katherine Romanak (Bureau of Economic Geology), Kathy Ellins (Institute for Geophysics), Hilary Olson (Institute for Geophysics) and Jon Olson (Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering) were part of a team of scientists and engineers from The University of Texas at Austin at the recent FAST meeting. 

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferencePlenary Session (October 19, 2011):

The TeXas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution

Dr. Kathy Ellins, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hilary Olson, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: This presentation explores the impact of the TeXas Earth and Space Science (TXESS) Revolution program in Texas and possible extensions to Florida for Earth and Space Science education. The audience for this presentation was science specialists, administrators and educators at the annual meeting for the Florida Association of Science Supervisors.

Photo: Kathy Ellins discusses the TXESS Revolution with members of the Florida Association of Science Supervisors.

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceWorkshop (October 19, 2011):

Earth Science Education - Approaches for 21st Century Learning

Dr. Kathy Ellins, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hilary Olson, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: This workshop explored the types of educational programs and activities in Texas that are making an impact on Earth Science literacy for both teachers and students. The workshop is was toward science specialists, administrators and educators and explored a specific activity on Climate Change and its impact on Mayan Civilization.

Resources: Click here to view the activity on the TXESS Revolution website.

Photo: Teachers analyze data on Titanium to interpret periods of drought and increased runoff as part of the activity on climate change and the Mayan civilization.

 



STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceKeynote (October 20,2011):

Energy, Engineering and the Environment

Dr. Jon Olson, Dept. of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: The presentation reviews this country’s energy usage and what role it plays in our way of life. There is some light-hearted quizzing to assess the audience’s energy IQ. Fossil fuels and alternatives are compared. Also, the latest headline in the news, hydraulic fracturing for shale gas, is briefly discussed in the context of its impact on water resources and the potential for earthquakes. Finally, the opportunity for energy careers in petroleum and geosystems engineering is discussed.

Resources: Download the presentation

Photo: Dr. Jon Olson (STORE) from the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at UT Austin pulls teachers up for a short quiz during his plenary session on 'Energy, Engineering and the Environment' at the annual FAST Conference in Orlando.

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceKeynote (October 20, 2011):

Climate Change and Climate Mitigation Technology

Dr. Katherine Romanak, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: This presentation will look at integrating science, technology, engineering and math to solve an issue of global societal concern: global climate change. Carbon is an essential building block of life. Carbon-based fuels are valuable sources of deportable, storable energy. Can we use too much carbon based fuel? Why does it matter to the atmosphere, and what we can do to balance our carbon footprint as we transition from fossil-based fuels to other energy sources over the next several decades.

Resources: Download the presentation

Photo: Drs. Jon Olson and Katherine Romanak of STORE visit with FAST President Marsha Winegarner (center) at the recent annual conference in Orlando.

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceWorkshop (October 20, 2011):

 

Hot Showers and Potatoes - What do they have in common?

Dr. Jon Olson, Dept. of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: Where do hot showers come from? How do we as a society in America experience 'energy on demand'? Find out about the difference between energy and power as we explore heating the water for a hot shower using alternative energy supplied from a 'potato power plant'. Appropriate/Adaptable for: Middle, High School levels.

Resources: Click here for a link to the activity page on Energy Sources and Challenges. Find out about what petroleum and geosystems engineers do to benefit society.

Photo: Dr. Jon Olson from the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at UT Austin presents Marsha Winegarner, President of the Florida Association of Science Teachers, with an 'I am the natural resource' t-shirt after his plenary session on 'Energy, Engineering and the Environment' at the annual FAST Conference in Orlando.

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceWorkshop (October 20, 2011):

What to do with CO2?

Dr. Katherine Romanak, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: Where does the energy you use for food, light, air conditioning, travel and fun come from? More than 90% comes from burning fossil fuel. What can be done to minimize the carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere as we look forward to the world's energy needs for the future. In this activity we will explore options to reducing our carbon footprint. Link to online classroom curriculum aligned to TEKS will be provided at workshop. Appropriate/Adaptable for: Middle, High School levels.

Resources: Click here for the activity page.

Photo: Katherine Romanak (STORE) and two groups of teachers work on compromising between their various energy strategies to come up with one strategy and set of policies that will govern both groups.

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceWorkshop (October 21, 2011):

Faunal Succession

Dr. Hilary Olson, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: From the study of time to the study of climate, microfossils hold a wealth of information about the geologic record. This hands-on activity emphasizes pattern recognition and the earliest concept of 'deep time' using faunal succession.

Resources: Link here to the activity on the TXESS Revolution website.

Photo: Teachers hang their interpreted succession of microfossils to compare answers and see if there is only one unique, or, in fact, multiple solutions.

 

STORE at the Florida Association of Science Teachers 2011 ConferenceWorkshop (October 21, 2011):

Earth Science Education - Approaches for 21st Century Learning

Dr. Kathy Ellins, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin

Description: This workshop will explore both formal and informal educational programs in Texas that are making an impact on Earth Science literacy for both teachers and students. The workshop is geared toward science specialists, administrators and educators.

Photo: Kathy Ellins discusses Earth and Space Science instruction with Winnie Wilson and Stephen Crandall, past presidents of the Florida Association of Science Teachers.