Earth Science Week Update January 2008

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 6, No. 1: January 2008

* New Award Offered for K-8 Earth Science Teacher
* Earth Science Week Resources Online Year-Round
* Videoconference to Explore ‘Our Changing Planet’

New Award Offered for
K-8 Earth Science Teacher

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the AGI Foundation have announced creation of the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award recognizes one classroom teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and an additional grant of $1,000 to enable the recipient to attend an AGI member society conference. To be eligible for this year’s competition, applications must be postmarked by March 1.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a past president of AGI, who was a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. To learn more, visit

Earth Science Week
Resources Online Year-Round

Earth Science Week is more than one week of the year. If you’ve got Internet access, you can teach and learn about Earth science all year long.

The Earth Science Week website, at, features classroom activities, theme-based resources, research projects, local events and organizations, and careers. Most importantly, the site features dozens of recommended lessons that teachers and parents can conduct with children. All are aligned with the National Science Education Standards. Check it out!

Videoconference to Explore
‘Our Changing Planet’

Tune in for a new interactive, online videoconference on March 13, the third annual International Polar Year (IPY) Day. The theme of the event is “Our Changing Planet: Past and Present.”

International Action on Global Warming (IGLO) is collaborating with IPY and NASA to organize the second in this series of videoconferences. During last year’s Earth Science Week, schools and science centers in the United States and Italy took part in the successful pilot event.

This time, up to five science centers will be selected as “active sites,” where scientists will give brief presentations on topics such as the poles, climate change, and local impacts. Afterward, students will offer observations on the environment, and a Q&A session will allow discussion among students and active sites.
IGLO invites science centers wishing to become active sites to email by January 15. Participants at other centers will be able to watch the webcast and email questions to scientists. To learn more, visit IGLO at

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 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 and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit


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