TMRA offers free workshops to Texas teachers during the summer. These workshops provide educators science-based information to help educate students about the availability, importance, development and use of our natural resources. During the 5-day workshops, teachers tour mining facilities, visit reclamation areas and participate in hands-on labs, returning to the classroom able to provide their students with real-world, problem solving activities - such as designing a surface mine, restoring land or reclaiming water. These hands-on activities are designed to help students use critical thinking skills while applying earth science facts to real-life situations. Designed to be used in grades 4-12, all activities are TEKS and STAAR correlated.
Workshop participants receive the curriculum, geologic samples, additional materials and equipment needed for use in the classroom. Teachers will also receive Professional Development hours:
- 45 hours SBEC approved
- 40 hours TEEAC credit (coal workshops)
- 12 hours Gifted & Talented
"I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful week of educational information and relaxation. I've been to many programs and this is the best." Seventh grade science teacher
"I can't say thank you enough for the Resources and the Environment workshop. I enjoyed the active learning labs; actual hands-on experience is the best learning tool of all." Eight grade science teacher
"I never enjoyed teaching earth science, but after attending the R&E workshop, suddenly the earth sciences came alive for me." Fifth grade science teacher
WORKSHOP APPLICATIONIf you are a Texas science teacher, grades 4-12, Apply today to join us for a free workshop! Don't like online forms? Click here for fillable word document to fill out and email to TMRA.
WORKSHOPS FOR 2018
- June 10-15, North American Coal's Sabine Mine - near Longview, TX
- July 8-13, Walnut Creek Mine - Kiewit Group - near College Station, TX
- June 25-29, based in Round Rock, TX
- July 15-20, based in Corpus Christi, TX
*Teachers are responsible for personal transportation to and from the workshop location.
For more information, contact:
Francye Hutchins, TMRA