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Ideas | Themes
Here are a few ideas for how to celebrate Earth Science
Week. If you have any of your own ideas, please submit them on our reply
Earth Scientists in the Classroom
Volunteer to visit a classroom, lead an Earth science activity, conduct
a demonstration, or talk about your career.
Earth Scientists at Work
Invite local high school and university Earth science students to attend
an open house at an Earth science related company, association, or agency.
Sponsor a workshop that gives educators the opportunity to perform
Earth science activities under the guidance of experienced demonstrators.
Adopting a school is one great way to celebrate Earth Science Week
and is also a valuable contribution to the community and an investment
in the future. P. E. LaMoreaux & Associates (PELA), a consulting
firm in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has "adopted" Rock Quarry Elementary
School, a math and science magnet school. Activities that PELA helps
carry out throughout the year include setting up a science display in
the school's main entrance, sponsoring a child for a field trip, sending
professional scientists to speak to classes, and passing curriculum
ideas to the school's media specialist.
Arrange to have a film festival at a local school - advertise, get
sodas and popcorn, and showcase some films with Earth science themes.
Check out videos from a local geological society or the geoscience department
of a university, or show some big screen blockbusters to examine how
Earth science is a part of popular culture and entertainment. (Examples:
"Jurassic Park," "Twister," "Dante's Peak,"
"Volcano," "Deep Impact," "The Abyss.")
Earth Science Essays
Organize an essay contest on the topic "How Earth science affects
our community." Get local businesses and companies to donate prizes
or scholarship awards for the contest. Make the project interdisciplinary
by having students illustrate their work.
Earth Science Career Fair/College Fair
Hold a career fair and invite geoscientists and college and university
geoscience departments to participate.
Earth Science Fair
Host an Earth science fair at a local school. A science fair can be
a great opportunity for students to practice Earth science, especially
after hearing a geoscientist speak about his or her current research
projects. Invite teachers and local geoscientists to be the judges.
Encourage students to participate in the fair by offering awards such
as posters, geoscience books, or even savings bonds to the top projects.
Recognize the young Earth scientists by publishing the names of participating
students in a local paper.
Shopping Mall Demo
Join with other geoscientist to set up a tabletop display at the local
shopping mall. The display can be of local rocks, a fossil collection,
or minerals and products. Include hands-on demonstrations.
Earth Science for Commuters
Hold an annual poster contest for area school students as part of Earth
Science Week. Arrange for the winning entry to be displayed in buses
and other public transportation during the month of October.
Local Field Trips
Conduct a field trip in a park or on a campus.
Hold a tour or open house at a mine, quarry, water works, or utility
plant. Invite elementary, middle, and high school students to learn
about natural resources and mining on-site.
A Day at the Beach
Visit beaches to watch erosion processes and wave energy in action,
then pick up the trash washed ashore.
Earth Science and Earth Movers
Earth Science is important in construction - from digging foundations
to tunneling, Earth science plays a role. Check with your local Chamber
of Commerce about new construction projects in your area and plan a
field trip to the site.
Building Stone Tour
Conduct an urban walking tour to observe the many different types of
building stones in use. Create maps and corresponding descriptions of
the building stones at each site.
Getting Earth Science on the Books
Arrange an Earth Science Week display at your local library, and create
a book list of Earth science books available all year round. You can
also have an Earth Science Book Fair at a school.
Picturing the Earth
Organize an Earth theme photo contest and display the photos at a local
library, community center, or business. Prizes could be free photo equipment
During Earth Science Week a number of state geological surveys, geoscience
societies, and businesses will host open houses for the general public.
Set up an Earth-related exhibit or display of minerals, rocks, or fossils
in a public location such as a shopping center, museum, library, or
Whole Earth Place Mats
Design educational place mats that feature information highlighting
the importance of Earth science in everyday life and arrange to have
area restaurants use the place mats throughout Earth Science Week.
Arrange with a local youth theater organization to prepare a skit about
community issues relating to Earth science. The students can perform
the skits during Earth Science Week at local museums or community centers.
Earth Science Artists
Artistically inclined volunteers, both young and old, may paint a mural
on a building in town, showing how Earth science is integrated into
the town landscape.
Earth Science Weekend
Devote a weekend of activities to Earth science. For example, the North
Dakota Geological Survey and the North Dakota Historical Society hosted
a two-day Earth Science Fair to celebrate Earth Science Week. Events
will include lectures and demonstrations by geologists, video demonstrations,
a walking tour, and slide presentations about geologic hazards and the
prehistoric life of the area.
Scouts, Campfire, 4-H and Other Youth Leaders
Focus on the Earth and geoscience-related badges and projects to celebrate
Earth Science Week. For example, the staff at Vulcan's Manassas, Virginia,
quarry invite local Boy Scout troops to use the quarry property to work
on three merit badges.
After School Activities
Organize after school activities at day care centers, schools, or YMCAs
around an Earth Science theme. Students at Wesleyan University plan
to conduct after school activities at YMCA-organized programs at five
Incorporate the national Earth Science Week theme of "Understanding Climate" or use your own theme! A theme can provide a
focal point for your Earth Science Week events and activities. You may
want to use a broad theme, such as evolution in Earth history, or a
specific theme, such as minerals in our lives. If you use a theme, please
tell us where and how you used it to celebrate Earth Science Week.
- Advances in Earth Science
- Contributions of Earth Science
- Earth Science is for Everyone
- Earth Science Matters
- Earth Science of the Season
- Earth Science Everywhere
- Earth Science in Daily Living
- Earth Science Improves Our World
- Earth Science in Our Community
- Earth Science is All Around Us
- Earth Science Benefits Our Lives
- Earth Science in Your Backyard
- Geologic Time
- Fossils and Earth History
- Local Quarrying Companies and their rocks
- Building a Road: Rocks Needed!
- Lakes, Rivers and Streams
- What is Soil?
- Karst and Caves
- Erosion: Wind and Water vs. Rock