Earth Science Week Update October 2015

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 13, No. 10: October 2015

* Watch Exciting New Video on Earth Science Week!
* Citywide Celebrations Add Local Focus to Event
* Visit DC's Smithsonian for National Fossil Day Event
* Don't Delay: Order Your Earth Science Week Toolkit
* 'No Child Left Inside' Day Comes to Your Area
* Explore 'Big Ideas' in Videos, Classroom Activities
* Act Now to Win Award for Earth Science Teaching
* Contest Winners to Be Announced Next Month
* AAPG Recognizes Top Earth Science Teacher
* Geologic Map Day Boosts Mapping Education
* Thanks to Earth Science Week's Generous Sponsors
* Earth Science Week Closes With Day of Archaeology

Watch Exciting New Video
On Earth Science Week!
Kicking off Earth Science Week 2015 in style, AGI is pleased to release a new promotional video trumpeting the importance of the Earth sciences and the celebration's role in promoting public awareness.

Why is Earth science a big deal? How does Earth Science Week help promote learning and teaching about the subject? And what can you do to get involved? Find out in this brief, exciting, eye-popping video.

To view the new "Earth Science Week" video, please go to To see additional AGI videos relating to Earth Science Week, check out our Videos page online at

Citywide Celebrations
Add Local Focus to Event
Two city-specific celebrations will serve as major centers of public awareness activities during Earth Science Week 2015, taking place October 11-17. "Earth Science Week Houston" and "Earth Science Week Denver" both will extend and deepen the reach of the successful Earth Science Week campaign with special events, educational materials, online resources, and activities in schools and other settings.
In the Denver area, partners include Susan Morrice of Belize Natural Energy, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, and Newmont Mining Corporation. In Houston, major partners include ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, and Anadarko.
New to this year's Citywide Celebrations, AGI is conducting Stakeholder Receptions to gather, honor, and facilitate continuing partnerships among government, nonprofit, and private-sector organizations in the geosciences in Denver and Houston. Speeches, presentations, and discussions are designed to explore issues relevant to the geoscience community.

To support these celebrations, AGI is donating hundreds of Earth Science Week Toolkits to schools in the Houston Independent School District and Denver Public Schools. Each kit contains dozens of study guides, posters, disks, and other resources for Earth science education, which school officials are working with teachers to use in inspiring activities in the classroom.
In addition, AGI has launched an official Citywide Celebrations website to provide educators, students, and families with links to additional educational resources as well as other offerings in participating cities. Why not partner with local geoscience organizations to launch a Citywide Celebration in your area? For more information, visit
Visit DC's Smithsonian for
National Fossil Day Event

Join paleontologists and park rangers for the sixth annual National Fossil Day event in Washington, D.C. The National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution are collaborating to host the National Fossil Day Celebration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2015.

The event, which takes place in advance of National Fossil Day celebrations elsewhere nationwide, is free and open to the public. For information, see

The official National Fossil Day will take place on Wednesday, October 14. The celebration is organized by the National Park Service as part of Earth Science Week to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of paleontologists and fossil enthusiasts.

National Fossil Day resources and activities celebrate the scientific and educational value of fossils, paleontology, and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations. To learn more about National Fossil Day, please see

Don't Delay: Order Your
Earth Science Week Toolkit

Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkits are available now! The kit contains everything you need to celebrate Earth Science Week (October 11-17) and explore Earth science education throughout the year.

Focusing on the theme "Visualizing Earth Systems," the 2015 kit 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
* Google material on online mapping and other topics
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more!
Bulk discounts are available. For ordering, special shipping, bulk order discounts, and more information, visit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

'No Child Left Inside' Day
Comes to Your Area
On the Tuesday of Earth Science Week, October 13, you can make sure there's "No Child Left Inside" (NCLI). Dedicate a day to outdoor activities enabling young people to experience the geosciences firsthand - during Earth Science Week or any time throughout the year.
To help, 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 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Plan your own NCLI Day event, where educators and young people can wade into ponds, climb hills, or search the skies to learn Earth science. Find the NCLI Day Guide, including the PDF version, at Have a great NCLI Day!
Explore 'Big Ideas' in
Videos, Classroom Activities

AGI now offers award-winning videos and related classroom activities to help students, educators, and others explore the "big ideas" of Earth science during Earth Science Week 2015 (October 11-17) and all year long. Recently added are dozens of additional activities selected specifically to help educators teach about core concepts of Earth science.

Big Ideas videos are brief video clips that bring to life the big ideas of Earth science - the nine core concepts that everyone should know. The Earth Science Literacy Initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, has codified these underlying understandings of Earth science which form the basis of the Big Ideas videos.

View the Big Ideas videos on YouTube ( or TeacherTube ( The Earth Science Week website provides related resources. Educators can find a total of more than 100 classroom activities online to help students build understanding of the "big ideas" (

Act Now to Win Award
For Earth Science Teaching

Earth Science Week 2015 (October 11-17) wouldn't be so successful without the efforts of amazing Earth science teachers. That's why AGI is announcing details for its upcoming award competition, the 2016 Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. Each year, this award recognizes one full-time U.S. teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in March 2016 to accept the award. To be eligible for the 2014 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 20, 2016.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a past president of AGI, who was a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. To learn more, visit

Contest Winners to Be
Announced Next Month

Friday, October 16, is the deadline to email and mail your submissions! AGI thanks the many hundreds of students, educators, and others who are entering this year's Earth Science Week photo, visual arts, and essay contests (

Winners will be announced in November 2015. AGI will contact winners directly and recognize their success both on the Earth Science Week website ( and in this electronic newsletter.

AAPG Recognizes Top
Earth Science Teacher

Start preparing your entry now! The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, a longtime Earth Science Week partner, will award $6,000 at the AAPG Annual Convention in Calgary, Alberta, in June 2016 to its Teacher of the Year.

The award will once again be granted to a K-12 teacher within the United States who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of geoscience education. Six teachers across the country will be identified as finalists, each from one of six U.S. geographic regions (Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Mid-Continent, Southwest, Gulf Coast, and Eastern). After final nominations are decided, the award committee will convene to pick the final winner.

Entries must be submitted by January 15, 2016. To learn more, see

Geologic Map Day
Boosts Mapping Education

The fourth annual Geologic Map Day is being celebrated with learning activities across the country onFriday, October 16. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, this special event promotes awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in the Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkit ( The poster provides a geologic map, 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 (

Thanks to Earth Science
Week's Generous Sponsors

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Earth Science Week is able to promote awareness and appreciation of the geosciences among over 50 million people every year. AGI would like to express its appreciation to the many government agencies, nonprofit groups, and corporations that make the program possible.

Earth Science Week couldn't do its important work without the support of organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey; National Park Service; AAPG Foundation; NASA; American Geophysical Union; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; Geological Society of America; Association of American State Geologists; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Archaeological Institute of America; and Esri. In addition, year after year, Earth Science Week Toolkits are purchased in bulk for distribution to educators by organizations such as NASA and Schnabel Engineering.

To learn how your organization can become an Earth Science Week Sponsor, visit online. To order Earth Science Week Toolkits for teachers in your area, go to
Earth Science Week Closes
With Day of Archaeology

Earth Science Week 2015 reaches its climax with International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 17. The event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery!

Every October, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - an Earth Science Week partner - and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner "Indiana Jones."

Check out educational resources on the International Archaeology Day website ( In addition, see the "Space Archaeology" learning activity in this year's Earth Science activity Calendar, included in the Earth Science Week 2015 Toolkit (
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