The Earth Science classes taught by Laramie High School Earth Science teacher Erin Klauk will be switching units from geological rock studies to studying the layers of the Earth.

After spending about a month on the unit studying rocks, minerals, rock processes and rock formations the classes are ready to move on to a new unit where look more into what’s underground and what causes things like volcanoes and earthquakes.

They spent a couple weeks at the beginning of the year going over basic scientific principle as well as things like the scientific method, and then started their first unit of the year-long class where they studied rocks and minerals. They spent some class time looking at different rocks and identifying them as either igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rocks.

“We had hands-on labs, you had to identify what the mineral or what kind of rock it was, if it was sedimentary, igneous, or metamorphic,” Earth Science student Glory Hicks said, “It’s an interesting class, you do some weird stuff.”

The class also spent some of the unit studying rocks processes.

“Weathering, erosion, mountain building, stuff like that,” Erin Klauk said.

Erin Klauk went to college in New York and Montana but moved to Laramie for the teaching job, which she has enjoyed thus far.

The next unit will cover the layers of the Earth, such as the crust, mantle, and core. “And that brings us to earthquakes, and volcanoes, and plate tectonics,” Klauk said.

The class took two field trips throughout the unit, one to Vedauwoo and one around Laramie, learning about the rock types at each as well as how they were formed.

Glory Hicks enjoyed the field trips.

“They’re fun, we went up to Vedauwoo for the first one and the second one we went around town like studying rocks and the formations. I don’t remember all the places,” Hicks said.

Hicks has liked the class so far this year and is excited for the new unit studying earth layers and other geological phenomena not covered in the first unit.

“Ms. Klauk is fantastic,” Hicks said.

Student Martin Brown also enjoyed the field trips but has found the class to be a little difficult.

“It’s a challenge,” Martin Brown said.

“They’re doing mostly really well,” Klauk said.

“We don’t have another level of Earth Science class. The only other class like this would be Space Science, but you don’t need this class to take it,” Klauk said.