Earth Science Week Update July 2015

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 13, No. 7: July 2015


* Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkit: Pre-Order Today!
* 'Visualizing Earth Systems' Online Just a Click Away
* Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 16!
* 'Visiting Geoscientists' Make Impact on Students
* EPA Site Boosts Environmental Education
* AGU: Apply to Present at GIFT Workshop
* Guidebook PDF Ensures 'No Child Left Inside'
* Offers News, Info on Earth Science
* More Geoscience Resources in Spanish and English
* NGWA: Learn How to Protect Your Groundwater

Earth Science Week 2015
Toolkit: Pre-Order Today!

Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 11-17, 2015), which celebrates the theme "Visualizing Earth Systems."

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkit includes:

* 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* Material on geoscience education and resources from USGS
* NASA visualization DVD and booklet on Earth science
* National Park Service posters on geologic and air resources
* GPS Adventures material from NOAA
* Soil science resource from Soil Science Society of America
* Anthropocene poster from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
* Educational material from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* Unavco resource on Earth's shape, gravity field, and rotation
* Mining, exploration, and reclamation resources from SME
* Material on climate science from U.S. Department of Energy
* Esri material on Global Positioning System technology
* Geologic Map Day poster with geologic mapping activity
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more!

The Toolkit will ship starting in mid-August 2015. 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.

'Visualizing Earth Systems'
Online Just a Click Away

As an educator, you know the power of a compelling visualization, one that graphically depicts data in a way that helps students grasp a challenging concept. Now you have a whole collection of them, right at your fingertips: "Visualizing Earth Systems" (

Supporting the Earth Science Week 2015 theme, this new page one the program website links you to dozens of recommended visualizations dealing with energy, climate, minerals, water, hazards, and other topics. In addition, the page links you to overviews of these topics provided by AGI's Critical Issues Program (

And you're invited to help improve the page by sharing your favorite Earth science visualizations. Please submit the URLs for your favorite online geosciences visualizations to Help strengthen Earth science education by sharing effective resources with fellow educators!

Geologic Map Day:
Celebrate on October 16!

On Friday, October 16, 2015, you are invited to join in the celebration of the fourth annual Geologic Map Day! The final major event for the school week of Earth Science Week 2015 (October 11-17), Geologic Map Day will promote awareness of the study, uses, and importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

The event will enable students, teachers, and the wider public to tap into educational activities, print materials, online resources, and other opportunities for participation. Check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in the Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkit ( The poster provides a number of geologic maps, plus step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity, encouraging students to explore what geologic maps can tell them about one of the Hawaiian islands - and their own area.

Geologic Map Day is hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the new Geologic Map Day web page (

'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

AGU: Apply to Present
At GIFT Workshop

You are encouraged to apply to present at the Geophysical Information For Teachers (GIFT) workshop! The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is currently seeking scientist/education and outreach professional teams to present at the GIFT workshop, an annual event at AGU's Fall Meeting in San Francisco, December 14-18, 2015.

The successful event allows K-12 science educators to hear about the latest geoscience research from the scientists making the discoveries, explore new classroom resources for students, and visit exhibits and technical sessions of the AGU meeting for free. Learn more at and apply here The deadline to apply is August 5, 2015.
Also, check out the new educational video series entitled Live Education Activity Resource Network (LEARN) with AGU. This series of short Earth and space science-related videos for K-12 educators gives educators the tools needed to try new hands-on activities with students, complete with teacher guides and other resources. For more information, see

EPA Site Boosts
Environmental Education

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a rich collection of education resources to boost public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. The aim, according to EPA's Environmental Education website, is to provide the public with "the necessary skills to make informed decisions and take responsible action."

The site features lesson plans, videos, project ideas, teacher training, funding opportunities, and information on children's heath and awards for students and educators. To learn more, visit

Guidebook PDF 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 website at Have a great NCLI Day!

**************************** Offers News
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

More Geoscience Resources
In Spanish and English

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

The site - a partnership of Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and AGI - provides 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 (

NGWA: Learn How to
Protect Your Groundwater

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) celebrates Protect Your Groundwater Day on September 8, 2015, promoting water conservation and contamination prevention as ways to protect groundwater resources.

"Every person can do something to protect local groundwater, from not polluting it to using water wisely," says NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens. "The good news is that for most people all it takes is a small adjustment in their daily habits."

Why bother? For starters, 99 percent of all available freshwater comes from aquifers underground, according to NGWA. The AGI member society that by focusing on actionable steps that every person can take, Protect Your Groundwater Day can spur people to protect this resource. For educational information and resources, see

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