“Geology of the Mojave” Teacher Workshop Scholarships

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“Geology of the Mojave” Teacher Workshop Scholarships

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MEEC is pleased to announce that teacher scholarships for the NEW“Geology of the Mojave” Teacher Workshop are now available!!  20 scholarships are available for the two-day workshop taking place on October 29-30, 2016 throughout the Mojave National Preserve.

Scholarships are available to teachers who teach within MEEC’s boundaries.  MEEC’s boundaries consist of the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County, the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County and the High Desert Region of North Los Angeles County, including the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale. 

Sponsored by The Boeing Company, the “Geology of the Mojave” teacher workshop has been developed to aid teachers in understanding the unique geological evolution and diversity that the Mojave Desert region has to offer.  Teachers will be experiencing place-based learning throughout the Mojave National Preserve and neighboring locations in the Mojave Desert. Utilizing these unique environments, participants will learn about the geological process that has shaped the Mojave Desert landscape into what we know today.   This workshop will demonstrate to teachers the basic geological processes and provide a timeline as to when they occurred.  Covering the topics of erosion, weathering, fault lines, and volcanic activity, teachers will be able to share with their students examples of how these occurred and shaped the landscape they are familiar with in the High Desert.

We are pleased to be working with Dr. David Miller. Dr. Miller is a Research Geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA. After obtaining a Ph.D. in geology at UCLA, Dave has mapped and studied bedrock geology in northern Utah and the Mojave Desert, publishing numerous geologic maps and related articles. Over the last 20 years, he shifted his expertise to Quaternary geology, focusing mainly on the Mojave Desert, and publishing surficial geologic maps, maps on earthquake fault hazards, and studies showing the linkages among surface deposits, plant communities, and surface hydrology. Dave is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and was awarded the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.

The workshop will be conducted throughout the Mojave National Preserve and surrounding areas.  Lengths of drive-time between stops will vary.  Overnight accommodations will be provided by MEEC at the Aquarius Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, NV.

20 Teacher Scholarships will be awarded to attend the two-day training session.  Scholarships include all meals, lodging and curriculum materials. Transportation during the workshop will be provided by MEEC.Storage space in vehicles is limited and attendees will be allowed one (1) under-the seat bag.  

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please complete the attached application and submit to MEEC by 5:00 PM October 6.  Application may be mailed to MEEC at 14306 Park Ave, Victorville, CA 92392.  You may also email them to smurray@mdaqmd.ca.gov or fax at (760) 241-6721

2016 Geology of the Mojave Announcement and Application