Earth Science Week Update May 2011

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 9, No. 5: May 2011


Earth Science Week 2011
Toolkit: Pre-Order Now!

Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 9-15, 2011), 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
* Educational material 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

The Toolkit will ship in August 2011. Bulk discounts are available for orders of 10 or more. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

NASA's Online Training
Targets Science Teachers

Middle and High-School teachers (both pre- and in-service) are invited to register for an online professional development course sponsored by several different NASA missions exploring the universe across the electromagnetic spectrum.

Participants will learn to use astronomical examples - images, phenomena, telescopes - to describe the nature of light and color in terms of the regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. They will also learn why NASA uses a variety of telescopes and space-based instruments to make observations of the universe, identify NASA resources for the classroom, and to understand how NASA resources can be used to address common student misconceptions about light and color.

The course is offered for academic or continuing education credit through Sonoma State University. For more information and to register, visit

Get Ready Now for
National Fossil Day 2011

Time travel is in your future! The National Park Service and AGI are collaborating to kick off the second annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week 2011. On Wednesday, October 12, you and your students can participate in events and activities taking place across the country at parks, in classrooms, and online.

Ever look at a fossil and see into the past? Know what fossils can tell you about climate change? Understand why paleontologists protect the locations where fossils are found? National Fossil Day resources and activities help you answer these questions, celebrating the scientific and educational value of fossils, paleontology, and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

Look for fossil-themed activities and materials, such as information on the NPS Junior Paleontologist program, in the Earth Science Week 2011 Toolkit. And stay up to date on emerging resources and events through the National Fossil Day web site at

Ponder Paleontology
Through PRI’s Resources

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), an AGI member society, isn’t just a natural history museum based in Ithaca, New York. PRI offers many education materials and opportunities for science teachers and students at all grade levels.

The online “Teacher Friendly Guide” gives brief geologic histories of every region of the United States. Also available online are photos and descriptions of the museum’s fossil collections. In 2003, PRI opened a new museum, the Museum of the Earth, which focuses on all of Earth’s history and its life forms with particular focus on the Northeastern United States.

Additionally, PRI has programs in research, publications, collections, and public outreach. Its paleontological research journal, “Bulletins of American Paleontology,” first published in 1895, is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, email The museum’s web site is a great place to learn about paleontology, geology, and the Earth. Check it out (

Make Connections With
Earth Science Organizations

Want to organize a field trip or a classroom presentation led by a professional geoscientist for Earth Science Week? Start preparing by networking with local scientists, professors, employers, nonprofit representatives, environmental educators, and government leaders in the geosciences!

To facilitate partnerships between educators and others in the Earth science community, AGI has launched the Earth Science Organizations (ESO) database. Use this online tool ( to identify potential geoscience partners near you, access relevant information, and network with colleagues.

Don’t wait until autumn. Now is the time to reach out to potential partners and invite them to collaborate during Earth Science Week 2011 (Oct. 9-15). The ESO map pinpoints local contacts for AGI member societies, state geological surveys, agencies such as USGS and NASA, universities offering geology programs, parks, museums, and other Earth science groups. To recommend an organization (or have one removed), contact AGI’s Filla Baliwag (

Help NESTA Gauge Needs
In Earth Science Education

To better serve Earth and space science teachers, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), an AGI member society and longtime Earth Science Week partner, is conducting an anonymous survey about needs and concerns regarding Earth and space science education.

Although you may receive notice about the survey from multiple sources, please be sure to complete the survey only once. You can take the survey online at

Online Videos Depict
'Faces of Climate Change'

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.

To view “Introduction to Climate Change,” “Disappearing Sea Ice,” and “Life on the Ice,” visit To view more Alaska COSEE Resources, go to

Become a Proud Sponsor
Of Earth Science Week

Would your organization like to join longstanding Earth Science Week Sponsors such as the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Park Service, the AAPG Foundation, ExxonMobil, and ESRI in supporting Earth Science Week? If so, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this year’s campaign as a Program Sponsor.

Reaching more than 46 million people a year, Earth Science Week is the geoscience community’s premier outreach campaign, promoting awareness of Earth science among audiences such as science educators, students, and professionals. Program Sponsors receive visibility through recognition on Earth Science Week’s web site, poster, kit, and other materials. To learn more, please visit


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 49 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, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit


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