‘Facilitating Effective STEM Learning and Public Engagement in Paleontology,’ Short Course @ GSA 2016


On September 23, 2016, in Denver, CO, the FOSSIL team offered a 4-hour short course for attendees of the annual national meeting of the Geological Society of America.  We were pleased to have 15 participants in our course, ranging from amateur paleontologists to PhD students to tenured professors.  The course was fast-paced and accidentally had no bathroom breaks (!), but all of the participants appeared to have had a good time and learned something new.  The FOSSIL team presented a hands-on program covering four “case studies” on (1) the value of metadata, (2) digitization, (3) citizen science (and utilizing social media), and (4) NGSS-aligned paleontology themed lesson plans.

  1. PDF copy of the short course presentation slides
  2. Fossil identification guide for the Aurora, NC, matrix
  3. Chewing on Change’ curriculum on fossil horse teeth
  4. See photos from the short course
  5. Contact GSA programs coordinator Jennifer Nocerino for information about the CEUs you earned by attending this short course



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