Earth Science Week Update December 2016

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK UPDATE
American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 14, No. 12: December 2016

IN THIS ISSUE…


Earth Science Teaching
Award: See the Webcast

With a little more than a month left to apply, now is the time to go online and view a new webcast about the prestigious Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. The free, two-minute webcast provides an overview of the competition. To view the webcast, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/webcasts/EdRoy .

AGI has expanded the eligibility requirements. In addition to U.S. teachers, instructors in the United Kingdom may compete. The program, a major part of Earth Science Week, recognizes one full-time teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade, or the U.K. equivalent, for leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

To enter the 2017 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2017. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in March 2017 to accept the award. To learn more, teachers should visit http://www.americangeosciences.org/education/awards/roy .


NGWA Offers Sprinkling of
Ground Water Education

Besides advancing the expertise of ground water professionals, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), an Earth Science Week partner, is dedicated to furthering ground water awareness and protection. NGWA offers short courses on ground water, several conferences each year, an annual ground water expo, and ground water webinars.

Check out “Ground Water Adventures,” a website providing activities for young people in grade bands K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. Find fun facts about ground water, quizzes, and other information. Also featured are classroom experiments, an online ground water newsletter, pictures, and stories. For more information, visit http://www.groundwateradventurers.org . To learn about NGWA, see http://www.ngwa.org .


National Fossil Day
Contest Names Winners

Winners of the 2016 National Fossil Day Art Contest were recently announced by the National Park Service, a major Earth Science Week partner. To view the artworks of winners in four categories - ages 5 to 8, 9 to 13, 14 to 18, and 19 and up - please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/art_contest_2016_res... .

The National Park Service teamed up with AGI to launch the first annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week 2010. Since then, the program has grown enormously in reach and resources for students and teachers. Plans already are being made for the next National Fossil Day on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Learn more at http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/ .


More Classroom Activities
Now Searchable Online

Ever wish you could go online to search for a classroom activity tailor-made to match the Earth science topic you’re teaching? Visit the Earth Science Week Classroom Activities page - continually updated and recently redesigned - for more than 120 free learning activities, most of them contributed by the leading geoscience agencies and groups that are Earth Science Week partners.

Activities are organized and searchable by various criteria, including specific Earth science topics. To find the perfect activity for your lesson, just click on “Search Classroom Activities.” Search by grade levels and Next Generation Science Standards. Maybe most useful, you also can search among 24 categories of Earth science topics, from energy and environment to plate tectonics and weathering.

This database-driven resource is ideal not only for supplementing a prepared curriculum, but also for generating activities that address in-the-news events such as fossil discoveries and volcanic eruptions. See the Classroom Activities page at http://www.earthsciweek.org/classroom-activities .


AAPG Recognizes Top
Geoscience Teacher

Submit your entry now! The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, a longtime Earth Science Week partner, will award $6,000 at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition in Houston in April 2017 to its Teacher of the Year (TOTY).

The award will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. Six teachers across the country will be identified as finalists, each from one of six U.S. geographic regions (Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent, Southwest, Gulf Coast, and Eastern).

After final nominations are decided, the TOTY Committee will convene to pick the final winner of the 2017 Teacher of the Year Award. The runner-up section finalists will each receive an honorable mention and a $500 cash award for their nomination.

The application deadline is January 31, 2017. To learn more, see http://foundation.aapg.org/programs/toty/index.cfm .

Geoscience Policy Links
Show Real-World Relevance

AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, has a Geoscience Policy Department that works with AGI member societies and policy makers to provide a focused voice for the shared interests of the geoscience profession in the federal policy process.

Geoscience Policy tracks and analyzes policy issues; updates the geoscience community through news briefs that cover federal legislation, appropriations, and hearings; organizes meetings, briefings, testimony and written submissions on geoscience policy issues. Find out more (http://www.americangeosciences.org/policy-critical-issues).

The department’s Critical Issues program provides a portal to decision-relevant, impartial geoscience information. By aggregating material from multiple organizations in one place, the Critical Issues website makes it easier for users to find comprehensive information from across the geosciences.

Critical Issues features easy-to-digest peer-reviewed summaries, answers to common questions, and links to more detailed resources. Learn more online (http://www.americangeosciences.org/critical-issues ).

NSF Offers Online
Climate Change Resources

For Earth science teachers and students searching for the latest, most up-to-date information on climate change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) now offers a useful website.

“Our planet’s climate affects - and is affected by - the sky, land, ice, sea, life, and people found on it. To understand the entire story of climate change,” according to the site, “we must study all of the natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth’s climate system.”

Go to http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/climate/ to find an NSF report summarizing the current state of knowledge about climate change, as well as resources dealing with related news, discoveries, statistics, and publications.


SSA Resources Produce
Seismic Shift in Learning

Want to shake up education? Start with the Seismological Society of America (SSA), the international scientific association devoted to advancing seismology and applications in imaging Earth’s structure and understanding and mitigating earthquake hazards.

SSA, an AGI member society, offers a number of links to educational websites, including geoscience activities related to seismic science and earthquakes. Sponsored by Purdue University, the site ( http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile/indexlinks/educ.htm ) features seismic eruption models, wave animations, plate tectonics simulations, information on tsunamis, and much more.

SSA also offers publications, information on seismology careers, a distinguished lecturer series, and an electronic encyclopedia of earthquakes. Learn more about SSA online ( http://www.seismosoc.org ).


Is Earth Science Education
At Risk in Your State?

Many public schools have dropped Earth science from the required curriculum in recent years. Some colleges have closed geoscience departments. Employers have said they need more qualified candidates for geoscience jobs. How well does your public education system ensure that all students are taught important Earth science content?

“The Pulse of Earth Science: An Advocacy Guide,” launched in connection with Earth Science Week, offers step-by-step recommendations for educators, parents, and other advocates wishing to ensure strong Earth science education in their local area, state, and nation.

Learn how to build coalitions, influence policymakers, and shape education at every level. View the guide online at http://www.agiweb.org/education/statusreports/advocacy/index.html .


Offshore Energy Center
Offers Career Resources

The Offshore Energy Center (OEC) aims to expand awareness of the vast energy resources beneath the world’s oceans - and chronicle the heritage and technological accomplishments of the industry that discovers, produces, and delivers these resources in a safe and environmentally responsible way.

Based in Houston, Texas, OEC offers a range of educational resources for Earth science teachers ( http://www.oceanstaroec.com/education.htm ). For example, if you click on “Education” in the top banner and pull down the menu, you’ll find a Career Interest Profile that students can fill out to learn which energy careers dovetail with what they enjoy doing.

For hands-on exploration, check out OEC’s Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum and Education Center, located near Houston. To learn more, visit OEC online ( http://www.oceanstaroec.com ).


Find Your Photos Online
For Earth Science Week

Want to see yourself and your students on the Earth Science Week website? Simply send us photographs from your Earth Science Week celebrations and activities (along with any required permission forms). We’ll post selected images on the Earth Science Week Photo Gallery ( http://www.earthsciweek.org/photo-gallery ).

By submitting a photo, you represent that the image is an original work, and you are the sole owner of all rights to the photo. You also agree to allow AGI to use your name to post on the AGI website, without compensation unless prohibited. You retain your rights to the photo but grant to AGI a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, nonexclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the photo, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any AGI purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion. AGI will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

You can snap shots with your digital camera or cell phone, or scan regular photos for electronic transmission. JPEG files are preferred. Download permission forms from the website and send your photos to info@earthsciweek.org. See you online!


AEG Promotes Environmental
And Engineering Geology

The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), an AGI member society, not only provides leadership, advocacy, and applied research in environmental and engineering geology - the association also encourages educators to join and make use of its abundant resources.

Resources for members include technical publications, section and chapter meetings, and special educator sessions at the annual meeting. Opportunities for professional geologists to speak to classes are also available to members, as well as resume writing workshops and scholarships for students. To find out more about what AEG has to offer or become a member, visit http://www.aegweb.org .


OERB Provides Info on
Energy ‘Career Paths’

Formed by industry leaders working in cooperation with state legislators, the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board (OERB) provides materials and services to improve the lives of Oklahomans and others through education and restoration.

Since its inception over 20 years ago, OERB has shared its exciting energy curricula and safety messages with more than one million Oklahoma students. OERB educational resources such as the “Career Paths” web page provide information on careers in the Earth sciences.

As in many other parts of the country, Oklahoma oil and natural gas producers are aggressively seeking qualified professionals - geologists, geophysicists, environmental specialists, and more. Learn more about the many professional careers in the petroleum industry nationwide ( http://www.oerb.com ).


See Yourself in an
Earth Science Career

Earth Science Week can help you explore career opportunities in the geosciences. If you became an Earth scientist, for example, what would you actually do? What funds are available to help pay for your studies? How could you get real-world work experience while still being a student?

For the answers to questions like these, look no further than “Geoscience Career, Scholarship, and Internship Resources.” This recent addition to the Earth Science Week website can help you learn how to build a geoscience career - in fields such as oceanography, paleontology, seismology, mineralogy, meteorology, geophysics, petroleum geology, environmental science, and space science.

The site includes dozens of links to online resources offered by AGI member societies, program partners, and other governmental, corporate, and nonprofit organizations in the geoscience community. To learn more, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org/career-resources .

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