Earth Science Week Update June 2014

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 12, No. 6: June 2014


Earth Science Week 2014
Toolkit: Pre-Order Today!

Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 12-18, 2014), which celebrates the theme “Earth’s Connected Systems.”

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* Material on geoscience resources from USGS
* NASA education materials on Earth system science
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* GLOBE activity material from NOAA
* National Park Service poster on caves of the national parks
* Soil science resource from Soil Science Society of America
* Planetary change material from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
* Educational material from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* Energy4Me poster on energy science
* A poster explaining aggregates from SME
* Material on climate from the Department of Energy
* A “Geographic Groceries” poster from National Geographic
* Dinosaurs flyer from Bureau of Land Management
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

The Toolkit will ship starting in August 2014. 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.

Plant a SEED of
Earth Science Learning

SEED (Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development) is a volunteer-based, nonprofit education program that empowers Schlumberger employee volunteers and educators to share their passion for learning and science with students aged 10 to 18. The SEED “learning while doing” methodology draws on the technology and science expertise of volunteers to engage students in global issues such as water, energy, and climate change.

SEED’s School Network Program invites qualified underserved schools to apply for grants that provide various resources, typically including funding for computer hardware and software, and Internet connectivity. Educational programs offer students and educators in SEED network schools hands-on workshops and online activities and projects using a project-based approach.

The Online Science Center provides educational resources and opportunities to learners and educators in seven languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Learning materials include ready-to-go SEED experiments, activities, and articles from the Online Science Center. Find out more at

Earth Science Week Contests
Detailed in New Webcast

How will you celebrate Earth Science Week 2014? Maybe you’ll win a prize in one of the three contests described in the new webcast: “Earth Science Week Contests.” This free webcast, narrated by AGI Outreach Assistant Katelyn Murtha, provides an overview of guidelines for the Earth Science Week 2014 photography, visual arts, and essay contests.

Many science teachers encourage students to participate in the visual arts contest, open to students in grades K-5, or the essay contest, which is open to those in grades 6-9. The photography contest is open to all ages. The roughly four-minute tutorial includes information on prizes and recognition.

To view the webcast, visit In the coming months, look for additional webcasts on Earth Science Week 2014: “Earth’s Connected Systems.” To learn more about the contests, including how to enter, visit

Field Notebook for Students
Featured in 2014 Toolkit

Just one of dozens of educational materials in the Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit - from posters and calendars to activities and a DVD - is the Field Notebook specially designed for young people who want a taste of real geoscientists’ fieldwork.

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.

For information on Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more, please visit

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 providing 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

Environment Something
To ‘Shout’ About

Excited about environmental science? Grab your mouse and surf over to the Smithsonian Shout Online Conference Series. “Shout” invites educators and students to connect online with experts in the field and collaborate with people around the world.

Online events hosted by the Smithsonian Institution feature some of the world’s leading scientists and environmental experts. Access to Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network, a global community of educators, allows school partners to share environmental education resources, experiences, and best practices. TakingITGlobal’s online community provides students with resources, including content-rich virtual classrooms and collaboration spaces designed to deepen environmental understanding.

Learn how Shout connects students and teachers to live events, teacher networking, and student collaborations - and presents students with challenges designed to deepen their learning and engagement (

Online Videos Show
‘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 “Faces of Climate Change - Introduction,” visit To view more Alaska COSEE Resources, go to

Earth Science Calendar
Offers Additional Activities

Looking for classroom activities? Educators who obtain an Earth Science Week Toolkit each year know that one of the most valuable components is the Earth Science Activity Calendar.

This attractive wall calendar traditionally features an activity for each month of the school year, as well as information on important dates in geoscience history and other fun facts. Brimming with 15 learning activities, the new Earth Science Activity Calendar provides a great way for teachers and students to explore the celebration theme of “Earth’s Connected Systems” throughout the 2014-15 school year and beyond.

To order the Earth Science Week 2014 Toolkit, including the new Earth Science Activity Calendar, please visit

Explore Geophysics During
Earth Science Week 2014

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), an Earth Science Week partner and AGI member society, offers programs for educators and students. For example, a distinguished lecturer series and an honorary lecturer series both enable students to meet professional geophysicists, learn about groundbreaking research in the field of seismology, and obtain valuable career information.

Short courses offered through SEG not only enable seismologists to continue their education, but also help teachers to study seismology with introductory courses on seismic data processing. Meetings, forums, and workshops are also available.

SEG members have access to journals, an online digital library, reference publications, meetings, workshops, networking, and employment referral. To learn more, visit

GeoConnection Network:
Join on Facebook

You are invited to join the AGI Geoscience Workforce Program’s GeoConnection Network on Facebook. Allow the network to link you with related university departments and AGI contacts as you prepare to celebrate the theme of Earth Science Week 2014 (October 12-18): “Earth’s Connected Systems.”

Become a “fan” of GeoConnection, and you can receive updates about geoscience events, new data from the workforce program, and other intriguing geo-tidbits in your Facebook news feed. You can become a fan of GeoConnection at

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 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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