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After 13 years of taking teachers into the field, this year’s G-Camp was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers said. The program is aimed at 5th through 12th-grade teachers and offers supplemental material for the teachers’ science curriculum. The goal is to have teachers return to the classroom with new knowledge and excited about what they are teaching, and ultimately for “the kids to come to college saying, ‘I want to enroll in geology.’”

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Despite advancing technologies that have almost completely digitized most aspects of the oil and gas industry, a geoscientist’s ability to understand hands-on concepts and details from the field perspective is still coveted by employers. A person might have easy access to a calculator to perform basic math functions, so to speak, but the need to understand the concepts of multiplication and division remains paramount. Yet, a 2018 AGI Status of the Geoscience Workforce study found that undergraduate field camp attendance for geoscience students has been decreasing. In addition to obstacles related to time and cost, universities are encountering a new hurdle: a growing bias among students against field work, she added. So how do educators steer students back into the field?

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AAPG’s Latin America and Caribbean Region started 2020 with a strong lineup of technical and business events. The year 2020 was the year of promise. The Hedberg Conference went well in February, but one of the participants from China canceled travel plans because of a coronavirus outbreak in the country. One month later, the world turned upside down. Countries closed their borders, companies sent workers home, and sponsors canceled support. In-person conferences were not just risky but prohibited in most cases. It was time to go back to the drawing board.

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Latin America Blog

The Venezuela Student and YP Chapters held a 2-week conference and AAPG held the inaugural Energy Opportunities Executive Forum.

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Recipients of 2020 AAPG Student Chapter Awards, encompassing recognition for student and volunteer achievements around the entire world, have been announced by AAPG. In a year that has seen its share of hardship, it makes it all the more special to present the awards to these deserving students, student chapters and volunteers who have risen to meet – and overcome – the challenges facing them.

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Call it unprecedented, call it exciting and unpredictable, call it historic – and you’re right each time. The 2020 Imperial Barrel Award global finals competition was one for the record books – for the first time ever, the entire competition, impacted by the global pandemic that threatened to end it before it began, was held virtually in early June, adding a new chapter in the program’s illustrious history. Indeed, this year’s competition had many firsts – a global pandemic, an entirely virtual competition and the introduction of the IBA Exploration Leadership Series.

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Preparing for hurricanes, creating scripts with Python and responding to pandemics are just a few of the job functions of Johann Sidial, 31-year-old geologist and AAPG Member who works with the government of Sint Maarten’s Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure. In his role as geographic information systems officer, Sidial is responsible for managing and executing the acquisition, analysis and visualization of datasets across Sint Maarten, a constituent country for the Kingdom of the Netherlands located in the Dutch Caribbean.

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Latin America Blog

The first-ever AAPG LACR Young Professionals Conference took place May 18-29 and connected 763 unique participants from 26 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa.

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The Imperial Barrel Award program has been associated with the AAPG and coordinated by a volunteer committee of AAPG members since 2007. With the objective of introducing geoscience students in graduate school to real world data and workflows in the oil and gas industry, the core of the annual IBA competition is the people – all volunteers, industry leaders and subject-matter experts willingly taking time to judge and coordinate competitions as well as network with the hard-working, eager and promising future industry leaders. The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent crash of crude oil prices presented the IBA Committee with unique challenges for continuing with the 2020 IBA competition while ensuring the safety of all participating teams and volunteers.

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AAPG LACR members jumped into the virtual space a series of virtual talks, conferences and meetings held throughout the region.

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