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K-12 Teacher Resources


Welcome to the Earth & Environmental Science Department! We want to help you teach your students more about earth science.  

Please look over the resources below, and if you have any questions, please contact Bruce Harrison, Associate Professor of Geology and Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator.

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Earthquakes... like ripples on water?

For grades 5-12: downloadable poster, lesson plan, videos. Courtesy of Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS). Details are here.

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Antarctic Research

The Polar Earth Observing Network--POLENET--is a project happening at both poles to study how the ice sheets are changing. Two members of our department, Professor Rick Aster and graduate student Julien Chaput, are researchers on this project in Antarctica.

The POLENET website http://polenet.org features short, informational, and engaging podcasts and opportunities for your students to interact with POLENET researchers.

POLENET can be an exciting addition to your classroom if you are teaching any of the following curricula:

  • Observation and Measurements
  • Models of the Earth
  • Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Plate Tectonics
  • Shaping the Earth's Surface
  • Earth History
  • Weather and Climate
  • Energy and the Environment
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Other Antarctic research that your students may find interesting is the ongoing study of the Mount Erebus Volcano. The website is http://erebus.nmt.edu. Professor Philip Kyle, locally known as Dr. Erebus, is the director of the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO), and he posts regularly on the MEVO Facebook website, which is mirrored on the MEVO website.

Why did you become a scientist?

KNME TV put this question to several faculty in the EES department and the NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. The results are interesting, short videos that may inspire your students to become geoscientists. Their videos are below.

Dr. Richard Aster: Watch the full episode. See more Why did you become a scientist?.

Dr. Penelope Boston: Watch the full episode. See more Why did you become a scientist?.     

 Dr. Nelia Dunbar: Watch the full episode. See more Why did you become a scientist?.

Dr. Bruce Harrison: Watch the full episode. See more Why did you become a scientist?.

Dr. William McIntosh: Watch the full episode. See more Why did you become a scientist?.

Dr. Dana Ulmer-Scholle: Watch the full episode. See more Why did you become a scientist?.

 

Free Rock Identification Kits for your Classroom

rock_closedThese kits are produced by the Earth Science Club at New Mexico Tech, and include an 18-page manual with detailed descriptions. The size of the kit is approximately 14 inches wide, so the rocks and minerals inside are large enough for your students to study. To see the inside of the kit, move your cursor over the picture.

If you would like one of these rock kits for your class, please email Bruce Harrison (bruce@nmt.edu) and include your name, school name, mailing address, and email address.

Funding and distribution of these kits has been made possible by Ricardo Maestas of NMT University Relations.

Consulting Scientist Program for New Mexico Teachers

New Mexico Tech scientists in Earth and Environmental Science are available to come to your classroom and talk to your students about the cutting-edge research they are doing. They are available at NO COST. Browse through the list below, select talks that interest you, and contact the professor directly. Please limit your requests to two visits per year. We suggest that you make the most of the visits by inviting other classes.

Professor Richard Aster

Contact Information: (575) 835-5924 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: High School and Middle School
Equipment Needed: Projection Screen

“Why Do Earthquakes Exist?”
An overview of global plate tectonics and its geological manifestations, with an emphasis on earthquakes around the world, including New Mexico.

Professor Andrew Campbell

Contact Information: (575) 835-5327 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: High School
Equipment Needed: Slide Projector and Screen

“Minerals”
Presentation will show many slides of minerals to discuss their physical properties, structure, and chemical variation. The significance of minerals in geologic studies and their industrial uses will be examined.

Professor Bruce Harrison

Contact Information: (575) 835-5864 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: High School
Equipment Needed: Slide Projector and Screen

“What Is the Use of Dirt?: The Soils Around Us”
This presentation will discuss the non-traditional uses of soil, climate record, and age determination, with examples from the local area.

Professor Jan Hendrickx

Contact Information: (575) 835-5892 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: High School
Equipment Needed: Slide Projector and Screen

“The Importance of Vadose Zone Hydrology”
Vadose zone hydrology deals with movement of water and contaminants from the soil surface to the groundwater. Several case studies of these transport phenomena will be presented.

Professor David W. Love

Contact Information: (575) 835-5146 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: Middle School
Equipment Needed: Table, Overhead Projector and Screen, Slide Projector and Screen, VCR

“Earthquakes and Earthquake Safety in New Mexico”
Relating earthquakes and faults to the geology of New Mexico and the preparation of students and teachers to deal with earthquake hazards.

Professor Virginia T. McLemore

Contact Information: (575) 835-5521 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: Middle School and High School
Equipment Needed: Slide Overhead Projector and Screen

“Use of Minerals in New Mexico”
You would not have electricity, drive a car, live in a house, or eat without minerals. New Mexico has many mineral resources which are essential to our lives.

Professor Peter Mozley

Contact Information: (575) 835-5311 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Target Audience: High School
Equipment Needed: Computer Projector and Screen

“Geological Carbon Sequestration”
A discussion of carbon sequestration, with emphasis on geological storage of CO2 in subsurface reservoirs.

Bring Your Class to New Mexico Tech

You can bring your class to the New Mexico Tech campus so your students can get a taste of the college experience. One of the departments you can request to visit is the Earth & Environmental Science Department. While there, your students will attend demonstrations on geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and hydrology in laboratory classrooms. During these demonstrations, your students will be able to interact with undergraduate and graduate students on a one-to-one basis. (See pictures and video below.)

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This is a very popular program, and we regret that we can only accept a limited number of visits each year. Please contact Allison Costello, Associate Director of Admissions and Minority Program Coordinator, at (505) 366-2560 for more information.

Created: ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 22:05 )
Last Updated: ( Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:04 )
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