The 9th grade Summer Academy is the beginning of the GeoFORCE Texas adventure! It is here, students are introduced to geology. The trip focuses on coastal processes and sedimentary environments. We begin at the University of Texas at Austin, where students stay in university dorms to experience a taste of college life. They will visit McKinney Falls State Park and other geologic sites around Austin.
We will fly to Florida, where students begin their study of the Florida Gulf Coast, the Everglades and learn about carbonate geology. We spend a morning on the Spirit of Pennekamp and a glass-bottom boat ride to see a live coral reef. Students will be able to compare and contrast the live coral reef with an ancient fossilized coral reef at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Returning home, students will be able to use their geologic knowledge and the confidence they have gained on this field trip as incoming high school freshman. They can better prepare for their school year and look forward to their 2nd summer in GeoFORCE.