Earth Science Week Update August 2016

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 14, No. 8: August 2016


* Explore Geoheritage in Earth Science Week Toolkit
* How to Put Your Local Event on the Map - Online
* Earth Science Week Begins With EarthCache Day
* Find New Geoheritage Teaching Material Online
* Last Chance to Enter 'One Shared Place' Contest
* Show Artistic Talent in National Fossil Day Contest
* NAGT Ramps Up for Earth Science Week
* SMILE for Activities Online for Science Teachers
* SPE's Energy4me Sparks Energy Education
* EPA Has Climate Resources for Teachers, Students

Explore Geoheritage in
Earth Science Week Toolkit

Every year, Earth Science Week tackles a different topic in its toolkit of materials for educators. Choose the kit that best fits your instructional needs. Focusing on the theme "Our Shared Geoheritage," the 2015 kit includes:

* 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* NASA DVD and material on Earth observation, energy, and more
* National Park Service posters on geologic and air resources
* Ecology DVD and more from Howard Hughes Medical Institute
* UNAVCO ruler on Earth's shape, gravity, and rotation
* Mining, exploration, and reclamation resources from SME
* Material on energy science from Student Energy
* AmericaView Memory Game poster (Earth Observation Day)
* Exploring Earth and Space coloring book by AGU
* Geologic timescale bookmark from AIPG
* Dinosaur worksheet from the Bureau of Land Management
* Esri flyer on Topography and Our National Heritage
* Geologic Map Day poster with geologic mapping activity
* Climate worksheet from American Meteorological Society
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

Past years' kits address other topics: "Visualizing Earth Systems" explores ways of seeing. "Earth's Connected Systems" illuminates natural systems' interactions. "Mapping Our World" covers maps. "Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences" targets careers. "Our Ever-Changing Earth" focuses on change processes.

Each kit contains materials to help you prepare for Earth Science Week (October 9-15, 2016) and teach Earth science all year long. For ordering, special shipping, bulk order discounts, and more information, visit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

How to Put Your Local
Event on the Map - Online

If you're hosting an event for the public during Earth Science Week 2016 (October 9-15), let people know about it! The best way is to post your event details on "Events in Your Area" ( ). This web page provides information on events taking place through program partners in each state.

The new Earth Science Week Event Registry enables you to promote your event more effectively than ever. To register your event, simply provide a few key details at . Fill out the easy-to-use online form, and let the Earth Science Week team and the world know about your event.

In addition, your organization can be listed in "Earth Science Organizations" ( ), a site that offers clickable links to geoscience organizations such as parks, museums, science and technology centers, university geology departments, local geological societies, and other nearby locations.

To post your event, please contact AGI at . Be sure to provide a brief description of the event, time and date, street address, phone number, email address, and URL. We'll be happy to direct Earth Science Week participants to your event!

Earth Science Week Begins
With EarthCache Day

Earth Science Week 2016 will begin with the ninth annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 9. The public is invited to explore this exciting and educational geoscience experience along with the Geological Society of America (GSA), which runs the global EarthCache program, and AGI, which coordinates Earth Science Week.

International EarthCache Day is a time when EarthCachers around the globe learn about the Earth. Each of these individuals hunts for an EarthCache, a place that can be found with a GPS device. EarthCachers participate in a kind of "treasure hunt" called geocaching. The treasure that is found at an EarthCache is a lesson about the Earth science.

EarthCache events are being held around the world on October 9. To view the locations for EarthCaching events, go to . Learn more at .

Find New Geoheritage
Teaching Material Online

Science teachers and students can go online today to use a new educational resource of the Earth Science Week website, the "Our Shared Geoheritage" page, which features educational material on our geoscience heritage. Educators know that geoheritage, which touches on topics ranging from energy science to climate change, shows students the relevance of Earth science.

Supporting the Earth Science Week 2016 theme of "Our Shared Geoheritage," this new page on the program website links educators and students to recommended resources including downloadable reports, articles, blogs, geoheritage locations, and learning activities.

Users are invited to help improve the page by sharing their favorite geoheritage materials. Submit the URLs for favorite online materials to . To view the "Our Shared Geoheritage" page, please visit .

Last Chance to Enter
'One Shared Place' Contest

Next week is the deadline for entries to the new "One Shared Place" contest hosted by AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week. Teams of educators and students are invited to submit a 30- to 90-second original video informing viewers about an outdoor place that is special in terms of geoheritage (natural features, settings, and resources formed over vast periods) and geoscience (the study of Earth systems).

The contest is open to teams of interested persons anywhere in the world. Each entry must be submitted by a "team captain" who is an educator at least 21 years old working with a team of 4-10 students. Videos may include footage shot on site, animations, computer images, drawings, data, and more. Technology tools for creating video entries are recommended on the contest website.

The deadline for entries is August 16, 2016. Prizes will include hundreds of dollars worth of field-based teaching supplies. All eligible entries must be submitted through the official entry website ( ). For contest guidelines, see the One Shared Place page on the Earth Science Week website ( ).

Show Artistic Talent in
National Fossil Day Contest

A major focus of Earth Science Week 2016 will be National Fossil Day (October 12), and one of the best ways for you or your students to participate is by entering the National Park Service's National Fossil Day Art and Photography Contest. Entries should address the theme "Your Favorite Fossil from a National Park."

Think of the fossils you've seen from National Parks. More than 260 units of the National Park Service have fossils of some kind. Out of all of these, can you choose just one as your favorite?

The contest is open to any U.S. resident. Entries must be received by October 5, 2016. For full contest guidelines, see . If you have questions, please email .

NAGT Ramps Up for
Earth Science Week

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), an AGI member society, is getting ready for Earth Science Week's 2016 theme of "Our Shared Geoheritage" with a variety of offerings. For example, teachers can find geologic mapping lessons online for kindergarten through grade 12.

NAGT's Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards are given for "exceptional contributions to the stimulation of interest in the Earth Sciences at the pre-college level." Any K-12 educator who covers a significant amount of Earth science content with students is eligible.

NAGT also offers Dorothy Stout Professional Development Grants. These grants of $750 go to faculty and students at two-year colleges and K-12 teachers in support of participation in classes or workshops, attendance at scientific or science education meetings, participation in Earth science field trips, and purchase of Earth science materials.

NAGT strives to educate all people on the importance of geoscience to communities. The association runs the technical program at Geological Society of America Annual Meetings and publishes the "Journal of Geoscience Education." To learn more, visit and .

SMILE for Activities
Online for Science Teachers

Looking for activities? Those seeking new ways to teach young people about math and science may need little more than SMILE. The nonprofit group aims to collect the best educational materials on the web and create learning activities, tools, and services - all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.

SMILE is a national partnership of science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math exciting and engaging for all learners.

SMILE is the Science and Math Informal Learning Educators pathway of the National Science Digital Library. To learn more, see SMILE online ( ).

SPE's Energy4me
Sparks Energy Education

Through its Energy4me program, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) offers teachers a collection of tools for teaching about oil, gas, and other energy sources, including classroom activities, experiments, and presentations, as well as teacher workshops and energy education materials for the classroom.

Teachers are invited to request classroom speakers, science fair judges, and career fair exhibitors from roughly 80,000 SPE members worldwide. Free one-day teacher workshops, held at select SPE conferences, cover grade-specific energy lessons. The Energy4me Kit, available from SPE, offers teaching aids, speaker resources, sample presentations, and activities for teaching about energy. Teachers are encouraged to visit the program's website for PowerPoint presentations, career information, and more.

SPE, a longtime Earth Science Week partner, is a nonprofit professional association whose members are energy professionals in 110 countries. Visit to learn more.

EPA Has Climate Resources
For Teachers, Students

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a climate education website for students, teachers, and school administrators, including information and activities related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In one activity, for example, middle school and high school students estimate and conceptualize their schools' emissions and explore ways to mitigate them. Also, teachers can learn from climate experts and search a database of lesson plans, videos, books, and tools. See the EPA website at .

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 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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