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The Earth Science Week Update


EARTH SCIENCE WEEK UPDATE
American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 11, No. 7: August 2013

IN THIS ISSUE…

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Save With Bulk Order of
Earth Science Week Toolkits
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Thinking of buying multiple copies of the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit for local educators or organization members? Save money by placing a bulk order!

Get 10-25 kits for $7.70 each, 26-100 kits for $7.45 each, or over 100 kits for $7.20 each. At these prices, the savings add up. The 2013 kit (ordinarily $7.95 each) includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* National Park Service items on geologic maps of national parks
* NASA education materials on map technologies and resources
* A poster on careers in mapping and GIS from Esri
* A DVD of the Switch Energy Project documentary on energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* The Energy Outlook highlights report from ExxonMobil
* A poster on how GPS works from NOAA
* Energy4Me material on energy science
* A poster on minerals that make up our world
* A soil science poster from Soil Science Society of America
* A dinosaurs flyer from Bureau of Land Management
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2013), which celebrates the theme “Mapping Our World.” For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/index.html or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

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Geologic Map Contest
Invites College Students
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As part of Earth Science Week (October 13-19) and Geologic Map Day (October 18), the U.S. Geological Survey invites university-level students to enter its 2013 Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The contest will be judged at the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Denver, October 27-30. While judges select three winners, students will network and share their experiences and techniques.

The competition is open to any student earning a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. degree who has created a geologic map through recent field work. Winning students will be recognized at the meeting, receive field tools such as a Brunton compass or rock hammer, and get an opportunity to publish their maps in the student edition of the “Journal of Maps.”

To be considered, students should contact the official U.S. Geological Survey representative by September 6. To learn more, visit http://community.geosociety.org/2013AnnualMeeting/Conference/StudentInfo/MapCompetition.

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Earth Science Week Begins
With EarthCache Day
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Earth Science Week 2013 will begin with the sixth annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 13. The public is invited to explore this exciting and educational geoscience experience along with the Geological Society of America (GSA), which runs the global EarthCache program, and AGI, which organizes Earth Science Week.

International EarthCache Day is a time when EarthCachers around the globe learn about the Earth. Each of these individuals hunts for an EarthCache, a place that can be found with a GPS device. EarthCachers participate in a kind of “treasure hunt” called geocaching. “The treasure you find at an EarthCache is a lesson about the Earth itself,” says EarthCaching Director Gary Lewis of GSA, a longtime Earth Science Week partner.

EarthCache events are being held around the world on October 13. To view the locations for EarthCaching events, go to http://www.earthcache.org. For more information, contact Lewis, Senior Director of GSA Education and Outreach, at 720-201-8132.

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Find New Resources at
National Fossil Day Online
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Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits are available now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19), which celebrates the theme “Mapping Our World.”

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* National Park Service items on geologic maps of national parks
* NASA education materials on map technologies and resources
* A poster on careers in mapping and GIS from Esri
* A DVD of the Switch Energy Project documentary on energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* The Energy Outlook highlights report from ExxonMobil
* A poster on how GPS works from NOAA
* Energy4Me material on energy science
* A poster on minerals that make up our world
* A soil science poster from Soil Science Society of America
* A dinosaurs flyer from Bureau of Land Management
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

Bulk discounts are available for orders of 10 or more. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/index.html or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

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NASA Resources Bring
Mapping Into Focus
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NASA educational materials are a big part of the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit! If you’re preparing for Earth Science Week (October 13-19), you’ll want to check out these resources focusing on mapping:

* The NASA Mapping Our World poster uses data from over a dozen NASA Earth science missions to show a unique mosaic-like pattern of our world. Also included is a student section with tools and resources for exploring and creating maps.

* The 16-page NASA Earth Science Images and Data booklet illustrates multiple NASA sources that allow educators to incorporate real data and images in their teaching.

* The education sampler on NASA mapping-related resources features lesson plans, blogs, multimedia, apps, games, and classroom activities to show how NASA contributes to the world of mapping. Resources in Spanish are also featured.

* The NOVA postcard highlights a collection of Earth system science resources and videos from PBS.

* The Exploring Color Maps activity in the school-year activity calendar allows students to create their own color maps and learn how to interpret data in a color-mapped image of the ozone hole.

All these resources - plus many more - are available in the Earth Science Week 2013 “Mapping Our World” Toolkit, which is available now. For ordering, special shipping, bulk discounts, and more, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/index.html or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

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Earth Science Week 2013
Contest Extends Globally
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Earth Science Week is expanding eligibility for its annual photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies to participate for the first time. Previously open only to residents of the United States and members of AGI’s three International Associate Societies, the photo contest has always been a major part of Earth Science Week, which this year is being celebrated October 13-19.

“By celebrating the theme of ‘Mapping Our World,’ Earth Science Week 2013 focuses attention on the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences around the world,” says AGI Outreach Manager Geoff Camphire. “This is the perfect time to invite our colleagues and friends worldwide to join this celebration of Earth science.”

International members of AGI Member Societies are encouraged to enter this year’s Earth Science Week photography contest, “Mapping My Community.” These individuals are invited to use a camera to show how maps are used in their communities. Learn more at http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/photography/index.html.

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EARTH Cover Story
Explores ‘Mapping’ Theme
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This month’s EARTH Magazine cover story delves into the experience of “field camp,” one of the most important college courses a geoscience student can take. Thousands of students nationwide participate in field camps each year, staying in accommodations from lodges with running water to nomadic tent camps, where they backpack to the middle of nowhere to study landforms that other people take for granted.

Field mapping often is the main point of the field camp experiences. The theme of Earth Science Week 2013 - “Mapping Our World” - encourages development of this skill set.

By mapping the composition and stratigraphy of rock units, students can determine the structure and history of a field area and how that relates to mining, hazards, and other human concerns. While the traditional skill of mapping rock units and structures onto a blank topographic map still represents a foundational skill set, faculty and industry professionals are finding ways to integrate relevant technology to make students workforce-ready.

Read the article at http://bit.ly/124d77x. Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Earth, energy, and environment news with EARTH Magazine online at http://www.earthmagazine.org/. The magazine is published by AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week.

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District Visit Days
Link You to Lawmakers
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Want to talk with your congressional representative about the importance of the geosciences? Meet with your senator or representative in your local area during Geoscience Congressional District Visit Days (GEO-DVD), October 13-19, 2013!

GEO-DVD encourages participants to talk with lawmakers while they are in their home districts during Earth Science Week 2013. Let them know how Earth science is relevant - at the local, national, and global levels - to issues such as natural hazards, resources, energy, the economy, and the environment.

AGI and partner geoscience organizations offer materials to help you contact your legislators and explain the importance of geoscience understanding. To learn more about GEO-DVD, please visit http://www.agiweb.org/gap/events/dvd13/index.html.

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NAGT Maps Out
Earth Science Week
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Nearly 30 educational activities and resources have been added to the updated SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit. If you’re looking for Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English, this web site is for you.

The site - a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and AGI - provides educational materials, activities, and other resources for Spanish-speaking students and teachers, as well as English speakers, in U.S. and SEED schools around the world. The resources featured on the site have been developed by SEED, AGI, and other geoscience organizations.

Visitors now can view 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets and other materials, each offered in both Spanish and English. Materials provide users with introductory information on Earth science, as well as in-depth items on earth, water, air, and life science. Find the free toolkit online (http://www.earthsciweek.org/seed/).

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SMILE for Activities
Online for Science Teachers
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Looking for activities? Those seeking new ways to teach young people about math and science may need little more than SMILE. The nonprofit group aims to collect the best educational materials on the web and create learning activities, tools, and services - all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.

SMILE is a national partnership of science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and engaging for all learners.

SMILE is the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway of the National Science Digital Library. To learn more, see SMILE online (http://howtosmile.org).

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EPA Has Climate Resources
For Teachers, Students
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a climate education web site for students, teachers, and school administrators, including information and activities related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In one activity, for example, middle school and high school students estimate and conceptualize their schools’ emissions and explore ways to mitigate them. Also, teachers can learn from climate experts and search a database of lesson plans, videos, books, and tools. See the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/

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The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contactus/index.html.
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