Teacher Program – More! Rocks in Your Head
Date/Time: Saturday, 10 April, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Workshop 1)
Date/Time: Sunday, 11 April, 8:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m. (Workshop 2)
Location: Sheraton New Orleans
Leader: Janie Schuelke
Fee: $25 SOLD OUT
Includes: Continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch and course materials (see list below)
Limit: 60 people per workshop
Educators are invited to participate in More! Rocks in Your Head (MRIYH), a full-day earth science workshop for 3rd–8th grade teachers of the greater New Orleans area. The community outreach program is dedicated to the memory of Brian J. O’Neill, a Shell Biostratigrapher, who spent many hours bringing Earth Science education to students in New Orleans. Brian passed away in 2008 at the age of 54.
MRIYH covers a full scope of earth science topics for elementary and middle school teachers, who will be guided in each section with background information, vocabulary and projects, plus crosscurricular segments and ideas for the gifted and talented students. All projects are hands-on, making earth science a fun and memorable learning experience.
Each teacher participant will receive:
- More! Rocks in Your Head manual
- Rock Samples (labeled and bagged) of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
- Mineral Samples (labeled and bagged) and Test Kit
- Hunt for Fossil Fuels oil exploration game on CD
- USGS Tapestry of Time and Terrain map (AAPG grant)
- "Oil and Natural Gas” book (SPE funding)
- “Louisiana Rock and Mineral Kit” with 9 specimens and the accompanying booklet “A Guide to the Rocks and Minerals of Louisiana” (Shell)
- Additionally, 20 schools will receive a laminated, framed USGS Tapestry of Time and Terrain map (funded by an AAPG Foundation grant)
Janie Schuelke, MRIYH creator and presenter, holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from University of Houston. After working for GSI, Geophysical Services, Inc., from 1977–81, Janie was a substitute teacher and taught a geology class at College for Kids, a summer program for Gifted/
Talented 3rd through 8th graders. Many of the activities taught in the MRIYH workshops were
created for College for Kids. Janie has been producing the workshop for 11 years, enhancing and
increasing the teaching of earth science across America, and training more than 2600 teachers.
For additional information about the program, contact Al Melillo by email or at +1 985 773 6756.