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Earth Science Week Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is Earth Science Week?

Earth Science Week is an international event which takes place during the second full week of October. The American Geosciences Institute organizes the event for the geoscience community and publicizes the event, distributes materials, and provides guidance to those interested in participating in Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week is a "grass roots" effort that depends on local geoscience and education groups to plan those events.

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How do I participate in Earth Science Week?

There are many ways to get involved in Earth Science Week. The event is designed to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences, so we encourage you to celebrate Earth Science Week in whatever way works best for you. You can attend an event listed in our database of Events Near You or Plan an Event for others to attend. To participate, you don't have to be an Earth scientist or a teacher. You don't have to travel to Washington, DC (where Earth Science Week is coordinated). You don't even have to celebrate Earth Science Week during the official week: celebrate throughout the year! We encourage you to participate by doing something that helps you and others learn about the Earth sciences.

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How do I plan my own Earth Science Week event?

To learn about participating in Earth Science Week, please visit the Plan an Event page. You can run through all of the links to find ways to get involved.

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How can I get information about Earth Science Week events in my area?

Information about Earth Science Week events in your area can be found by clicking here. All you have to do is follow the link and click on the appropriate area- National, State, or International- about which you want learn more information and read all about it.

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Where do I go to find ideas about Earth Science activities that could be used in the classroom?

The best place to find ideas about Earth Science activities that can be used in the classroom is through this link. Here you will find many activities that are based on the National Science Education Standards.

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What are the Earth Science Week contests?

To find out more information about the contests, click here. Also on the site are downloadable application forms to turn in with your submission.

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What is the Earth Science Week Toolkit? How do I order one?

The Earth Science Week Toolkit is a collection of materials that provide information on planning an event for Earth Science Week. The Toolkit is designed for teachers interested in celebrating Earth Science Week with their students.

To order an Earth Science Week Toolkit, follow this link. Click on the text to "...order now!" Scroll down, click the "Add to Cart" button, and follow the instructions to Checkout. It's that easy. Unfortunately we are unable to send free materials to groups, schools and individuals.

U.S. Post Office "Library Rate" shipping and handling in the United States is included in the cost of your order. While Library Rate is the least expensive shipping method, 2-3 week delivery times are possible. Note: If you must receive your Toolkit(s) by a specific date, we strongly recommend that you request a faster delivery service, such as UPS or Federal Express (additional costs apply). For pricing, please contact AGI Publications by email (pubs@agiweb.org), by telephone at (703) 379-2480 ext 0, or by fax at (703) 379-7563.

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How do I order other AGI publications?

To order other AGI publications, go to http://www.agiweb.org/pubs/pubindex.html. This link will take you to the publications home page. Click on the item that you wish to purchase or to find out more information.

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How do I know if my home state has declared an official proclamation for Earth Science Week?

Just click here and select the year in which you wish to see if your state has declared an official proclamation. Then click on your state to view the proclamation, if available.

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What are the themes for future Earth Science Weeks?

All you have to do is follow this link to read about Earth Science Week themes in the future.

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How do I view a state geological survey from my state?

Follow this link and click on your state.

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How do I download the Earth Science Week logo for my own web site or publication?

To download the Earth Science Week logo for yourself, you will first need to click here. Right click on the image you would like and select "Save Picture As…" All you have to do now is to decide where you want to save the image. For a printable quality TIFF image, e-mail the Earth Science Week staff at info@earthsciweek.org and we will send it to you.

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Where can I read the Earth Science Week newsletter, The Earth Science Week Update? How do I subscribe?

To read the newsletter or subscribe via e-mail, follow this link.

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