EARTH SCIENCE WEEK UPDATE
American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 11, No. 6: June 2013
IN THIS ISSUE…
- Contests Add Fun, Learning to Earth Science Week 2013
- Earth Science Calendar Offers More Activities
- Encourage Your Students to Be Junior Paleontologists
- Plant a SEED of Earth Science Learning
- Field Notebook for Students Featured in 2013 Toolkit
- AIPG Aims to Educate Next-Generation Geologists
- Environment Something to ‘Shout’ About
- Online Videos Show ‘Faces of Climate Change’
- Explore Geophysics During Earth Science Week 2013
- GeoConnection Network: Join on Facebook
AGI is sponsoring three national contests for Earth Science Week 2013. The photography, visual arts, and essay contests - all focused on the event theme of “Mapping Our World” - allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and compete for prizes.
The photography contest, open to all ages, focuses on “Mapping My Community.” Open to students in grades K-5, the visual arts contest is titled “Making Maps Through the Ages.” Finally, students in grades 6-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest: “How Geoscientists Use Maps.” Essays of up to 300 words should describe how geoscientists use maps to monitor interactions of Earth systems.
Entries may be submitted any time up to the Friday of Earth Science Week, October 18, 2013. The first-place prize for each contest is $300 and a copy of AGI’s “Faces of Earth” 2-DVD package. To learn more about these contests, including how to enter, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests.
Looking for classroom activities? Educators who obtain an Earth Science Week Toolkit each year know that one of the most valuable components is the Earth Science Activity Calendar. This attractive wall calendar traditionally features an activity for each month of the school year, as well as information on important dates in geoscience history and other fun facts (http://www.earthsciweek.org/calendar/index.html).
The new Earth Science Activity Calendar contains more activities than ever before! Brimming with 20 learning activities, the calendar provides a great way for teachers and students to explore the Earth Science Week 2013 theme of “Mapping Our World” throughout the 2013-14 school year and beyond.
The calendar includes mapping and other Earth science activities provided by longtime program partners, plus new ones from groups such as the National Geographic Society and the Association of American Geographers. To order the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit, including the new Earth Science Activity Calendar, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/index.html.
The National Park Service’s Junior Paleontologist program seeks to engage young people in activities that allow them to discover the significance of fossils and the science of paleontology, introduces them to the national park system, and to the mission of the National Park Service.
Besides learning about Earth’s history, ancient life, and past changes to climate and environments, Junior Paleontologists explore the ways paleontologists work and protect fossils found in more than 230 national park areas that preserve these scientific resources. This is a great way to prepare for the third annual National Fossil Day, taking place on Wednesday, October 16, during Earth Science Week 2013 (October 13-19).
The Junior Paleontologist Program is a part of the National Park Service Junior Ranger Program, which aims to connect young people to their national parks. Download the Junior Paleontologist Activity Booklet for children ages 5 to 12 at http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/jrpaleo.cfm.
SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit education program that empowers Schlumberger employee volunteers and educators to share their passion for learning and science with students aged 10 to 18. The SEED “learning while doing” methodology draws on the technology and science expertise of volunteers to engage students in global issues such as water, energy, and climate change.
SEED’s School Network Program invites qualified underserved schools to apply for grants that provide various resources, typically including funding for computer hardware and software, and Internet connectivity. Educational programs offer students and educators in SEED network schools hands-on workshops and online activities and projects using a project-based approach.
The Online Science Center provides educational resources and opportunities to learners and educators in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Learning materials include ready-to-go SEED experiments, activities, and articles from the Online Science Center. Find out more at http://www.planetseed.com/home.
Just one of dozens of educational materials in the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit - from posters and calendars to activities and a DVD - is the Field Notebook specially designed for young people who want a taste of real geoscientists’ fieldwork.
Rite in the Rain, which makes notebooks for fieldwork by professional geoscientists, has created this miniature Field Notebook - with “all-weather writing paper” and charts on types of clouds, soils, and geological map symbols - for students. By recording their observations and conclusions here, students get a taste of the work performed by professional geoscientists.
For information on Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more, please visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/index.html.
The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), an AGI member society, was founded to advocate for geologists and certify their credentials. Today AIPG is reaching out to Earth science students and educators.
Available online for free download, AIPG offers several PowerPoint presentations presenting relevant career information for young, newly graduated geoscientists. These presentations also enable K-12 teachers to convey what geoscientists do for a living.
Students who become AIPG members can establish professional contacts, attend meetings and field trips, receive mentoring from professionals and potential employers, access undergraduate scholarships, tap resources on careers in geology, and submit papers to the journal “The Professional Geologist.” To learn more, visit http://www.aipg.org.
Excited about environmental science? Grab your mouse and surf on over to the Smithsonian Shout Online Conference Series. “Shout” invites educators and students to connect online with experts in the field and collaborate with people around the world.
Online events hosted by the Smithsonian Institution feature some of the world’s leading scientists and environmental experts. Access to Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network, a global community of educators, allows school partners to share environmental education resources, experiences, and best practices. TakingITGlobal’s online community provides students with resources, including content-rich virtual classrooms and collaboration spaces designed to deepen environmental understanding.
Learn how Shout connects students and teachers to live events, teacher networking, and student collaborations - and presents students with challenges designed to deepen their learning and engagement (http://www.smithsonianconference.org/shout/).
Three short online videos depict the dramatic changes in Alaska’s marine ecosystems through interviews with scientists and Alaska natives. The videos were produced by the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Alaska, the Alaska Sea Grant program, the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, and the Alaska Ocean Observing System.
The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), an Earth Science Week partner and AGI member society, offers programs for educators and students. For example, a distinguished lecturer series and an honorary lecturer series both enable students to meet professional geophysicists, learn about groundbreaking research in the field of seismic research, and obtain valuable career information.
Short courses offered through SEG not only enable seismologists to continue their education, but also help teachers to study seismology with introductory courses on seismic data processing. Meetings, forums, and workshops are also available.
SEG members have access to journals, an online digital library, reference publications, meetings, workshops, networking, and employment referral. To learn more, visit http://www.seg.org.
You are invited to join the AGI Geoscience Workforce Program’s GeoConnection Network on Facebook. Allow the network to link you with related university departments and AGI contacts as you prepare to celebrate the theme of Earth Science Week 2013 (October 13-19): “Mapping Our World.”
Become a “fan” of GeoConnection, and you can receive updates about geoscience events, new data from the workforce program, and other intriguing geo-tidbits in your Facebook news feed. You can become a fan of GeoConnection at http://www.facebook.com/geoconnection/.
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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