Earth Science Week Update Special Alert!

American Geosciences Institute - October 2015

* Celebrate Earth Science With NASA Resources
* Join USGS in Upcoming #GeoViz Hackathon
* Help Educators Use Standards-Based Resources

Celebrate Earth Science
With NASA Resources

NASA's contribution to this year's Earth Science Week is a great collection of Earth science visualizations, educational resources, first-hand stories (blogs) for learners of all ages by NASA visualizers, scientists and educators, and a quick start guide for educators. It's our hope that your understanding and use of NASA's visualizations will only increase as your appreciation grows for the beauty of the science they portray, and the communicative power they hold. Visit NASA's Earth Science Week webpage ( ).

Designed to be evergreen and useful well beyond Earth Science Week in both classroom and informal settings, these new resources for Earth Science Week 2015 are not to be missed:

* Teacher's Guide to Inquiry-Based Teaching with Visualizations - Build on your students' prior knowledge, observational skills, and inferential abilities by following this guide to Inquiry-Based Teaching. Encouraging students to think, interpret, and digest visualizations opens up the large collection of NASA visualizations selected for Earth Science Week this year ( ).

* Educators' Quick Start Guide to Visualizing Earth Systems - Dozens of hand-selected Earth Science Visualizations produced by NASA have been categorized by cross-cutting concepts as a scaffold for introducing your students to Earth science ideas. Together with the Teacher's Guide to Inquiry-Based Teaching with Visualizations, these visualizations offer ample opportunity for discussion ( ).

* Teacher's Reading Strategies Guide - Engage your students with the broad range of blog posts contributed this year by NASA scientists, visualizers, and educators using this strategies guide. Presenting guiding questions, reading comprehension exercises, and summarization activities, this guide makes it easy to bring NASA blogs into the classroom ( ).

* Interview with NASA Visualizer Kel Elkins - In this video interview, Kel introduces three separate visualizations that he has created, discusses his education and career, and offers advice to help students create their own paths ( ).

* NASA Wavelength Educational Activities - This selection of visualization-related activities includes work with actual data to help students create their own visualizations to answer scientific questions ( ).

Join USGS in Upcoming
#GeoViz Hackathon

To celebrate the Earth Science Week 2015, which focuses on the theme of "Visualizing Earth Systems," the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is organizing a weekend #GeoViz Hackathon on October 16-18, 2015.

How can USGS communicate science and visualize data in a more engaging and interactive way? USGS needs your help to develop interactive visualizations and stories on three projects related to:

* Energy - the water and chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing,
* Minerals - the lifecycle of critical minerals and rare earth elements, and
* Environmental health - the toxic contamination sources after Hurricane Sandy.

Produce proof-of-concept visualizations or interactive stories with USGS data as well as provide recommendations on how USGS datasets could be better organized, architected, and presented. USGS is looking for developers, designers, data scientists, mappers, journalists, subject matter experts, as well as curious and concerned citizens.

Online "virtual" participants are welcome. Those who wish to participate in person are invited to SynGlyphX, 2001 Jefferson Davis Highway, #1107, Arlington, VA 22202. Enjoy the free food and schwag from sponsors. There is also free public parking in the underground garage near Row C (220 20th St S, Arlington, VA).

Please register as soon as possible for the #GeoViz Hackathon, taking place from 5pm ET Friday, October 16, until 1pm ET Sunday, October 18. Register at .

Help Educators Use
Standards-Based Resources

Register now for this essential webinar, taking place 4pm ET Thursday, October 22, 2015: "Helping Educators Use Your Resources for Implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards."

Fifteen states, the District of Columbia, and many school districts have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Earth system science (ESS) organizations have existing repositories of learning resources and are developing new resources. Many investigators are considering how best to present those resources for use in NGSS implementation.

This webinar will include presentations of different strategies currently being used by organizations to align and display resources for NGSS ESS standards. It will include opportunities to discuss the possibilities offered by different methodologies and draw out common practices. Come to discuss the projects that are underway, learn how to present your own resources, or find resources aligned for ESS NGSS Implementation.

The program includes:

* Theresa Schwerin (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies) presenting NASA Wavelength;
* Anne Egger (Central Washington University) presenting the InTeGrate project; and
* Kristin Wegner (GLOBE Implementation Office) presenting GLOBE Resources.

The registration deadline is October 20, 2015. To register or learn more, visit . For questions, please contact AGI's Ed Robeck at or703-379-2480 x245.

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