Girl Scouts Learn About Rock Science
The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas know first-hand there’s a lot to learn at a quarry. Scouts who attend Camp Metro in San Antonio get hands-on experience and explore skills in a variety of thematic areas, including STEM learning. Among other projects, Vulcan teams with the scouting organization to offer quarry tours, giving scouts an up-close look at aggregate mining with an emphasis on earth sciences and environmental awareness.
For the past two years, Vulcan has hosted more than 130 Girl Scouts at our Helotes Quarry for a driving tour, pizza and interactive presentations. Vulcan employees have stations set up to teach the girls about the geology we encounter, the technology we use and our safety and health practices. Vulcan also has a sand pit where the girls dig for fossils the plant staff found at the quarry.
John Cybriwsky, Assistant Plant Manager at Helotes, volunteered to take a group of the Camp Metro scouts on a tour of Heubner quarry, where he encouraged them to pursue future careers in mining. “Vulcan is all about having women do this,” Cybriwsky said.
Assistant Plant Manager John Cybriwsky with Girl Scouts Abigal San Miguel, Karina Martinez, Justice San Miguel, Mickayla San Miguel, Miriam Ortiz and Amanda Mendoza.
“The girls were just so fascinated. They couldn’t stop talking about it all day and we were like we need to go to the quarry every time. I learned a lot and so did the girls,“ said Cindy Lira, Camp Metro Director, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
Vulcan is proud of its continuing support for a number of scouting endeavors across all divisions.
To learn more, please visit girlscouts-swtx.org