The 9th grade Summer Academy is the beginning of the GeoFORCE Texas adventure! It is here that 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 then bus to the Texas Coast, where students begin their study of the Texas Gulf Coast and learn about geology. We will spend time at Texas beaches measuring the beach profile, trenching to investigate different layers of sediment and studying longshore drift. We will also visit the Texas State Aquarium and take a trip on the KATY Research Vessel at the UT Marine Science Institute. 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.