On May 2, University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Natural Science Lecturer Dr. Alex Barnard led 24 oceanography students to the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, located on Galveston Island. The field trip provided insights into the lives of offshore workers, and the technology involved in accessing the wealth of natural resources buried deep beneath the seafloor.
“This kind of experiential education is an essential part of our students’ holistic understanding of the natural sciences,” said Barnard. “Galveston is a wonderful local natural laboratory that is complementary to our classroom/laboratory sessions. The proximity of Galveston is a major opportunity for students to experience and observe many of the processes, and their products, that we study in detail in the lab.”
A student commented that it was great to see a different view of Texas and how it correlates with the oceanography class, and it was also interesting to learn about the oil rigs in the ocean as well.