Have you ever seen an actual T. Rex dinosaur up close and personal? How about a Triceratops or Hadrasaur? There’s a group of paleontologists who have — or at least they’ve seen their fossilized bones — and you can go on a dig with them this summer and learn STEM field techniques. So if your STEM type is an Investigator or an Explorer, you can go on one of these digs via the 2014 STEM Field Experience program run by Elmhurst College.
The 2014 Summer Program for high school and college students is run via an eight-week entirely online course about STEM Field techniques. It culminates with a trip to the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Ill., for a safety and orientation program of Sat., June 28, followed by an expedition with the paleontologists to a dig in Montana. “They’ve come upon some very unique finds to the point where the Discovery Channel was out there one year,” Dr. Richard B. Schultz, who runs the Elmhurst program says of the expedition team. “A couple of years ago I went on one and thought this would be great for high school students. They’ve had students on them before and some of those students ended up becoming interested in various STEM fields.”
High school students can earn college credit from the course, and there is still time to register at Elmhurst College via the Registration Office. Schultz says the program is open to students from anywhere since the learning is online and then they meet up in Montana for the expedition Aug. 4-8..
3 Course Types
- Undergraduate course: GEO 468: Geography/Geosciences Internship/Field Experience (0.5 credits; P/F); to be used as Summer Field Experience and not an internship. For traditional undergrad. students.
- Dual-credit course: (High School Students): GEO 100: Field Methods for the Prospective STEM Student (0.25 credits)– to be used as a dual credit course for high school students – college credit if they come to Elmhurst College.
- Graduate course: MTL 580: Comparative Studies – Montana (2 graduate semester hours) – to be the graduate course for secondary educators interested in STEM Teaching in the field.
What You Need to Know
- All students are responsible for their own transportation to/from the field site in Southeast Montana.
- Students in GEO 468 and GEO 100 would receive an Experiential Learning credit.
- GEO 468 students would pay $375 (0.5 credits) tuition to Elmhurst College for the online portion of the courses.