The PYES Booth

What is the PYES Booth?

  • The “Picture Yourself as an Earth Scientist” (PYES) pop-up booth is a photo op setup including a green screen that allows participants to picture themselves in a geology field site.

  • Participants can try on the available geologist gear, learn about the tools of the trade and have a photo taken of themselves as geologists in front of a virtual backdrop. All while engaging with geology students and career scientists. 

  • The facilitator will take a photo of the individual or group using an iPad, and the image is sent to a wireless printer on site so that participants can take home a souvenir photo of themselves in the "field site".

Why the PYES Booth?

  • To raise awareness for geoscience careers and the importance of earth and environmental science literacy in our everyday lives. 

  • To increase diversity within the geosciences (one of the least diverse STEM fields) by engaging K-12 students in areas with a high population of underrepresented groups.

  • Photo booths have gained popularity at events like weddings and birthday parties with the rise of camera phones and social media platforms like Instagram. They attract a wide variety of audiences from young students to college, and they are particularly popular with families for group photos.

  • More engaging than just reading a pamphlet with information, and the “souvenir photo” can be used to spark a conversation beyond the event itself.



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PYES Drawing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the first edition of our "Picture Yourself as an Earth Scientist" drawing contest.





Supported by

The newest, high-tech version of the PYES booth using the green screen was funded through a grant provided by the American Geophysical Union. The project is also supported in part by the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University and Vulcan Materials Company.