Earth Science Week Update June 2015

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 13, No. 6: June 2015


* Earth Science Week Contests Detailed in New Webcast
* AGI Site Helps You Explore 'Critical Issues'
* How Are Your Students Visualizing Earth Systems?
* Plant a SEED of Earth Science Learning
* AIPG Aims to Educate Next-Generation Geologists
* Environment Something to 'Shout' About
* Online Videos Show 'Faces of Climate Change'
* Earth Science Calendar Offers Additional Activities
* Explore Geophysics During Earth Science Week 2015
* GeoConnection Network: Join on Facebook

Earth Science Week Contests
Detailed in New Webcast

How will you celebrate Earth Science Week 2015? Maybe you or a student will 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 2015 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 2015: "Visualizing Earth Systems." To learn more about the contests, including how to enter, visit

AGI Site Helps You
Explore 'Critical Issues'

The Critical Issues Program of AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, offers a potential informational resource for use in your classroom lessons and instructional planning. The Critical Issues website provides introductory information on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society, such as energy, climate, water, natural hazards, and mineral resources.

Users can start with our geoscience basics and primer pages, which offer summaries of topics like drought, mining, renewable energy, and earthquakes. These introductory pages provide links to more detailed information in a variety of formats, from frequently asked questions, interactive maps, webinars, and case studies to a database of in-depth research publications.

Explore the Critical Issues website ( And consider whether the information at the site is appropriate for your students, perhaps by using the "informational text" strategies ( prepared by AGI's Center for Geoscience and Society ( If you have questions, please contact

How Are Your Students
Visualizing Earth Systems?

Visualizations are graphic depictions of data. Using technologies ranging from on-site data collection to satellite-based remote sensing, scientists investigate Earth systems. And geoscientists display their findings in visual media such as charts, diagrams, illustrations, videos, computer-generated animations, and 3D-printed creations.

As you prepare to celebrate the theme of "Visualizing Earth Systems" during Earth Science Week 2015 (October 11-17), you are invited to share your favorite Earth science visualizations. What online resources do you use to show students how scientists monitor and represent information about Earth systems including land, water, air, and living things?

Please submit the URLs for your favorite online geosciences visualizations to And look for the debut of a new "Visualizing Earth Systems" page on the Earth Science Week website ( this fall. Help strengthen Earth science education by sharing effective resources with fellow educators!

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

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."

In addition, registration is open for AIPG's annual conference, being held in Anchorage, Alaska, September 19-22, 2015. 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 12 learning activities, the new Earth Science Activity Calendar provides a great way for teachers and students to explore the celebration theme of "Visualizing Earth Systems" throughout the 2015-16 school year and beyond.

Order your Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkit, including the new Earth Science Activity Calendar. The new kit is coming soon to Stay tuned!

Explore Geophysics During
Earth Science Week 2015

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 2015 (October 11-17): "Visualizing Earth 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