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Spotlight: Things Got a Little Rocky for Some of Our Secondary Science Teachers

Group photo of teachers in the mountains

Pictured from left to right are: Michele Duan (student teacher), Kaitlyn Swift (student teacher), Rob Goettler (science teacher, SMHS), Kim Miller (science teacher, GVJH), Nellie Hill (science TOSA), Dr. Tanya Atwater (Geology Prof. Em., UCSB), Jarrod Bradley (science teacher, SMHS), Peggy Lubchenco (UCSB Gevirtz School of Education), Marilyn Garza (science teacher, SBJH), and Steve Gaines (UCSB Bren School)

 Dr. Tanya Atwater, Prof. Em., UCSB recently volunteered to lead a local geology field trip for Santa Barbara Unified School District secondary science teachers. Teachers explored local rock formations: their characteristics and physical properties, their place in the geologic time scale, and the tectonic movements that have caused the formations to fold into our unique topography. This opportunity helped add a local perspective to science education that will benefit classroom learning. The trip started with a drive up Gibraltar road to look at the Sespe, Coldwater sandstone, Cozy Dell shale, and Matilija sandstone formations. A highlight of the trip was lunch on top of La Cumbre Peak which included a lesson about the tectonic plate movements that created our special East-West trending coast line and Transverse Range.