Visiting a Classroom
Interacting with students and teachers is an essential part of Earth
Science Week. Since Earth science is such a broad discipline, it may
be difficult to narrow your topic enough for a short presentation. These
are just a few of the possible angles and ideas you can focus on for
Geoscience Careers - Use a geoscience
careers poster and/or video to show what geoscientists do.
A Day in the Life of One Earth Scientist -
Be sure to include anecdotes about interesting job experiences you've
Stewardship for the Earth - Explain
how environmental issues and Earth science are closely linked.
Earth Science Benefits Us - Discuss
the contributions that Earth science makes to society.
Earth Science Is All Around Us -
Discuss Earth science issues that relate to your community or state.
Why I Became an Earth Scientist
Tips for Giving Presentations
Conversational Tone - Kids respond
to speakers who are interesting, approachable, understandable, and never
Appropriate Level - Your presentation must be appropriate
for the grade level of the students. It will help to familiarize yourself
with the Earth Science Education Standards so that you know what types
of Earth science concepts students learn in each grade level.
Tell Your Story - Kids are most
impressed with an anecdote of an exciting experience you had. They are
more inclined to listen to all you have to say if they are initially
captured by a good story. Remember to keep your story short; however
exciting your fieldwork in Zimbabwe was, if you ramble for too long,
kids are apt to tune out.
Show and Tell - Use visual aids
during your presentation. Rock, mineral, or fossil specimens are great
visual aids. For other topics, you may have to work a little harder
to come up with appropriate visual accompaniments.
Answer Questions - Be prepared
to answer questions and allow time for them. Inquisitive students will
definitely ask questions; they may ask you anything from where you went
to college to if you have kids to why you decided to become a geoscientist.
Kids enjoy asking questions, especially when they feel at ease with
the speaker. Juniors or seniors in high school will be especially interested
in how you decided on your career and what education is required. Answer
ALL questions, however trivial; kids are most disappointed when a speaker
either cannot or does not answer their questions.
Wrap Up - Before leaving the school,
please give the teacher an Earth Science Week evaluation form and request
that the completed form be faxed or mailed to the Earth Science Week
Program Manager at AGI.