Earth Science Week Update July 2011

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 9, No. 7: July 2011


Don’t Delay: Order Your
Earth Science Week Toolkit

Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkits are available now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 9-15), which celebrates the theme “Our Ever-Changing Earth.”

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* American Chemical Society global water experiment materials
* National Park Service items on fossils, air, and geologic heritage
* NASA education resources examining Earth from space
* A poster on earthquakes and seismology from IRIS
* A GIS-in-science-education resource from ESRI
* A poster by SPE on renewable and nonrenewable energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* An activity from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* A USGS poster on the bicentennial of the New Madrid quake
* Activity sheets from the Association for Women Geoscientists
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit

Earth Science Week Begins
With EarthCache Day

Earth Science Week 2011 will begin with the fifth annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 9. The public is invited to join the Geological Society of America (GSA), which runs the global EarthCache program, and AGI, which organized Earth Science Week, in exploring this exciting and educational Earth science experience.

International EarthCache Day is a time when EarthCachers around the globe organize small gatherings where people learn about the Earth. An EarthCache is a place that people can discover with a GPS device while participating in a “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 9. To view the locations for EarthCaching events, go to For more information, contact Lewis, Senior Director of GSA Education and Outreach, at 720-201-8132.

New PDF Guide Ensures
‘No Child Left Inside’

Wouldn’t it be great to dedicate a day to “No Child Left Inside,” a time for outdoor activities enabling young people to experience Earth science firsthand? To help you do just that, the NCLI Day Guide is now available in PDF format for easy printing and outdoor use.

This free guide provides everything you need to start planning your own NCLI Day event, including any of 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students. Begin now to plan your NCLI Day event for fall, when educators and young people perhaps can wade into ponds, climb hills, and search the skies to learn Earth science.

Find the NCLI Day Guide, including the new PDF version, on the Earth Science Week web site at Have a great NCLI Day!

Field Notebook for Students
Featured in Toolkit

Just one of dozens of educational materials in the Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkit - from posters and calendars to activities and a disk - is the Field Notebook specially designed for “No Child Left Inside” Day (see above).

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.

“No Child Left Inside” has become a rallying cry for a growing movement. Efforts by government agencies and nonprofit groups are helping young people experience the joys of outdoor activity. For Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkit ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more, visit

See Earth Science Week
At Outreach Conference

Geoff Camphire, program manager of Earth Science Week, will be a featured speaker at the “Connecting People to Science” national conference presented on July 31-August 3 in Baltimore by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), in partnership with the American Geophysical Union and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Camphire will be one of five outreach program leaders participating in a panel discussion entitled “Examining Large Public Education/Public Outreach Events: Defining, Achieving, and Measuring Success.” He also will offer a brief oral presentation titled “Making the Most of Your Annual Outreach Event or Campaign: Lessons Learned from Earth Science Week.”

The conference is one of the few nationwide focusing on public engagement in science. For more information, visit

‘Visiting Geoscientists’
Make Impact on Students

Are you an Earth scientist who wants to help educate young people about the field - but you’re just not sure how to start? Check out “Visiting Geoscientists: An Outreach Guide for Geoscience Professionals,” a handbook co-produced by AGI and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists’ Youth Education Activities Committee.

Professional geoscientists such as geologists and geophysicists who visit schools and lead field trips, especially at the K-12 level, provide unique enrichment opportunities, based on their education, experience, and firsthand knowledge of the workplace. Whether you work in a resource or environmental company, a research institute, a state or federal agency, or a college or university, you can make a difference.

The handbook offers strategies and resources. Various sections discuss how students learn science best, issues in Earth science education, recommendations for volunteers, sample activities, and more. To download the handbook, see

Check Out Revamped
Earth Science Week Site

The Earth Science Week web site delivers essential resources for educators throughout the year - and now delivery is more efficient than ever! A new “redesign” streamlines the site and makes it easy to identify and find the programs, publications, and educational tools you want.

Teachers can find news, activities, contest guidelines, event planning tips, potential collaborators in the community, resources in Spanish, and other resources. Students and others can find information on scholarships, internships, and networking opportunities.

To order an Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkit, receive the newsletter, or view the Facebook Group page, see

Prepare for Third Annual
Women in Geosciences Day

Please join the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG), an AGI member society, in celebrating the third annual Women in the Geosciences Day - Thursday, Oct. 13 - during Earth Science Week 2011! Women in the Geosciences Day offers you a chance to share the excitement and advantages of geoscience careers with women of all ages, especially those early in their education.

What can you do? If you’re an educator, invite a female geoscientist to speak in your classroom or institution. If you’re a female geoscientist, visit a local school or volunteer at a science center. Organize a scout event for badges, lead a 4H field trip, or hold a special “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” focusing on the geoscience workplace. No matter who you are, you can help show young women what it means to be a geoscientist.

Watch for additional information and resources online in the coming months at Earth Science Week ( and AWG ( Have a great Women in the Geosciences Day!

Geoscience Webinar Focuses
On Careers for Women

Are you a female student considering career paths? Or a professional woman considering a career change? Learn about opportunities in the geosciences in a webinar during Earth Science Week 2011.

The half-hour webinar, hosted by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), an AGI member society, begins at noon Eastern, October 13, 2011. Four women working in various areas of the geosciences will discuss their unique perspectives.

Participating are: Rula Deeb, a vice president and technical director at ARCADIS in Emeryville, California, whose expertise includes groundwater and soil remediation; Sandra Eberts, who has been with the U.S. Geological Survey for 25 years and currently is team leader of a USGS national water-quality study; Michelle Whitman, an environmental scientist and manager of business development with BESST Inc.; and Kathleen Wiseman, who works for Water Systems Engineering.

NGWA, a major Earth Science Week partner, is a nonprofit organization of groundwater professionals. To learn more about the webinar and other NGWA educational programs, visit or call 800-551-7379.

AIPG Aims to Educate
Next-Generation Geologists

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


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