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2020 Conference Field Trips

  • 01 Jan 2020
  • 9:00 AM
  • 11 Feb 2020
  • 11:30 PM
  • Columbus, GA

Registration

  • Tour the Water Treatment Plant and see the chemistry behind water treatment.
  • Looking to connect your STEAM program with history? This is the field trip for you! This guided tour will take you through the technological advances in Civil War era Naval technology. See the USS Monitor and CSS Albemarle ironclad warships!
  • Learn about the different STEAM LABS available. Participants will take part in the popular lab, Hop to It! During this lab, participants will learn about invasive species and will engineer a solution for preserving native species.The trip will include animal presentations, as well as a scenic walk on the TreeTop Canopy Trail. Suspended 35 feet above the ground, and linked to three platforms surrounding magnificent oaks, hickories, and sweet gum trees, the Canopy Trail offers views of diverse flora, and creatures native to our region.
  • A driving tour of Columbus including Flat Rock Park, whitewater course in downtown Columbus, and other locations. Participants will be provided with an overview of local 600 million-year-old metamorphic and igneous rocks exposed in Lindsay Creek that formed at the "roots" of the ancient Appalachian Mountains, as well as overlying 100 million year old Cretaceous sediment and paleosol (ancient soil) that formed on top of that deeply eroded mountain range following the "birth" of the Atlantic Ocean. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Field trip participants will learn about the available STEAM LABS for older students. They will take part In the Cleaning up an Oil Spill LAB, participants will learn about how humans impact the environment and will design a tool to clean up an oil spill. The trip will include animal presentations, as well as a scenic walk on the TreeTop Canopy Trail. Suspended 35 feet above the ground, and linked to three platforms surrounding magnificent oaks, hickories, and sweet gum trees, the Canopy Trail offers views of diverse flora, and creatures native to our region.
  • A half-day trip to FDR State Park and a proposed impact crater (the "Woodbury" structure or "Cove") near Woodbury, GA. The trip will cover the geology of the region around FDR State Park, including the origin of the rocks that hold up Pine and Oak Mountain ridges. After a stop at the park, participants will then travel to Woodbury, GA to discuss a circular topographic structure that has been alternatively referred to as the Cove dome or Woodbury Impact Structure. While there, we will examine two competing models for the structure - a large fold in the local rock layers vs. an asteroid impact crater - in the context of the geology of the region and try to understand why different geologists looking at the same data often come to differing conclusions. Bring lunch money, we will get lunch in Manchester, GA on the return trip. Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Join Bill Waggener as he discusses how geology can be experienced everywhere in Georgia even right outside the Columbus Conference Center!  This is a walking tour so bring comfy shoes and a jacket.
  • The Coca Cola Space Science Center offers a premier space science and astronomy hands-on experience. Visit the Westrock observatory, the Challenger Learning Center, and see more than $17 million in NASA artifacts.

Registration is closed

2020 GSTA Conference Field Trips

NOTICE:  Several field trips have been cancelled.  If you do not see them in the list below, it has been canceled.  If you paid for a trip that has been cancelled, we will contact you to refund your money.

Field trips to unique local destinations can fulfill your own scientific  curiosity, help you learn about career opportunities for your students, and expose you to authentic phenomena that can connect your students' learning to the real world.  Register early to be sure you don't miss out!  If you would like to register for multiple trips, you will need to complete the registration form separately for each trip.  All trips meet at the bottom of the stairs in the main atrium at the conference.

 Destination Schedule   Cost
Columbus Water Works Thursday, 9:30 - 11:45am  $20
Geology of the Columbus Region  Thursday, 2:00 - 4:30  $10
FDR State Park and the Cove  Friday, 8:30 - 12:45pm  $10
Coca Cola Space Science Center Friday, 12:45 - 3:00pm  $0

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All field trips must have a minimum of 10 participants or they will be cancelled - in this case a full refund will be issued.
  • No refunds can be given unless GSTA cancels the trip.
  • Tickets can also be purchased during the conference at the GSTA store in the Exhibit Hall (Booths 61-63).

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