On June 3, 2016, students from the NANA region with their parents, instructors, and sponsors gathered at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) campus to celebrate the first of four years of the GeoFORCE program.
GeoFORCE Alaska is a week-long summer academy geoscience program designed to engage students from the Northwest and North Slope regions in science and math with the goal of promoting graduation and the pursuit of higher education. Eleven local eighth and ninth-graders traveled from Northwest Alaska to Fairbanks and Anchorage for this educational program.
The program started at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF). Students attended geology lectures, stayed in college dorms, and experienced a little of “college life”. Next, students visited field sites around Fairbanks including the Fort Knox Gold Mine, Trans- Alaska Pipeline, and the Chena River. The group then headed south to study the geology of the Alaska’s glaciers, mountains, and rivers near Denali where they hiked on a glacier and rafted down river. During the last day of their program, students analyzed the invasive sands at Kincaid Sand Dunes in Anchorage, Alaska.
All of the students received passing marks and were invited to attend the second year of the summer academy geoscience program held in the Southwest region of the United States.
NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. provided funding for the program and provided logistic support for the students.
For more information on GeoFORCE, visit www.geoforce.alaska.edu. ■