Workshop 1

Advancing Understanding of Ground-water Concepts Using Simulation and Role-Play in the Plume Busters Software

P. Allen Macfarlane, Kansas Geological Survey
Margaret Townsend, Kansas Geological Survey
Geoff Bohling, Kansas Geological Survey

Plume Busters is an innovative, "hands-on" educational software package in which students take on the role of an environmental consultant and apply ground-water principles to solve simulated ground-water contamination problems ranging from pipeline spills and industrial sites. This four-hour workshop is designed to provide instructors with experience in using the software and its built-in assessment features in undergraduate environmental science, environmental geology, and hydrogeology classes. Attendees are encouraged to bring lap-top computers and will be provided free of charge with the software and an instructor's guide.