Earth Science Week Update July 2012

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 10, No. 7: July 2012


Geologic Map Day:
Celebrate on October 19!

On Friday, October 19, 2012, you are invited to join in the celebration of the first-ever Geologic Map Day! This special event will promote awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

The final event for the school week of Earth Science Week 2012 (October 14-20), Geologic Map Day is being hosted by the United States Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week. Students, teachers, and the wider public can tap into the various educational activities, print materials, online resources, and public outreach opportunities for active participation.

Check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in the Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkit ( The poster provides a geologic map of the United States, plus step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the new Geologic Map Day web page (

NASA Equips Educators
For Earth Science Week

Science teachers are invited to use a wealth of NASA resources to educate students about the work of Earth scientists:

* NASA education resources for grades K-5 and 6-12 focus on discovering Earth science and engineering careers, including blogs, multimedia, apps, games, contests, classroom activities and more.

* The new NASA "Be an Earth Explorer!" poster includes a teacher guide with profiles of real NASA Earth Explorers - an oceanographer, a meteorologist, a polar scientist, a satellite project manager, a flight software engineer, a teacher, students, and more - as well as ideas for the classroom.

* The NASA "Engineering a Satellite" hands-on activity enables students to select scientific instruments for their satellite, calculate power requirements for subsystems, and construct a scale model of their very own Earth observing satellite.

All of these resources are available in the Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkit, available for order now (

'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.

Plan now for a school visit in the fall. 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

EarthScope Speaker Series
Explores Quakes, Eruptions

The 2012-2013 EarthScope Speaker Series is presenting scientific results of EarthScope research to faculty and students at colleges and universities. EarthScope explores the structure and evolution of the North American continent and the processes that cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Speakers, who present science-based lectures on their own EarthScope-related projects, are selected based on their outstanding research accomplishments involving EarthScope and their abilities to engage various audiences.

Travel and lodging expenses for speakers are provided by funds from the National Science Foundation. To apply for an EarthScope Speaker, go to For more information, contact EarthScope at

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 summer or fall, when young people 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!

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And Info on Earth Science
****************************, a major Earth Science Week partner, provides a variety of geoscience materials including daily Earth science news, maps, an online dictionary of Earth science terms, and information on geoscience careers.

Also on ( are resources for teachers, including links to lesson plans from major Earth science organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, the Geological Society of America, and NASA. To view the teacher page, visit

Don’t Delay: Order Your
Earth Science Week Toolkit

Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkits are available now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2012), which celebrates the theme "Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences."

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2012 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* National Park Service materials on geologic time and careers
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* NASA education resources on climate, careers, and contests
* A geoscience careers poster from Soil Science Society of America
* A detailed cloud chart by GLOBE
* Educational material from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* A GIS-in-science-education resource from Esri
* A temporary tattoo of the JOIDES Resolution research ship
* Activity sheets from the Association for Women Geoscientists
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

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.

SMILE for Activities
Online for Science Teachers

Looking for activities? Those seeking new ways to teach young people about math and science may need little more than SMILE. The nonprofit group aims to collect the best educational materials on the web and create learning activities, tools, and services - all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.

SMILE is a national partnership of science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and engaging for all learners.

SMILE is the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway of the National Science Digital Library. To learn more, see SMILE online (

More Geoscience Resources
In Spanish and English

Nearly 30 educational activities and resources have been added to the recently updated SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit. If you’re looking for Earth science education resources in both Spanish and English, this is the web site for you.

The site - a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and AGI - has been created to provide educational materials, activities, and other resources for Spanish-speaking students and teachers, as well as English speakers, in U.S. and SEED schools around the world. The resources featured on the site have been developed by SEED, AGI, and other geoscience organizations.

Visitors now can view 76 lessons, posters, fact sheets and other materials, each offered in both Spanish and English. Materials provide users with introductory information on Earth science, as well as in-depth items on earth, water, air, and life science. Find the free toolkit online (

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