Earth Science Week Update July 2016

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 14, No. 7: July 2016


* Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 14!
* 'One Shared Place' Contest Wants Your Videos
* EPA Site Boosts Environmental Education
* Guidebook PDF Ensures 'No Child Left Inside'
* See What Climate Means Locally, Nationally
* Environment Something to 'Shout' About
* 'Visiting Geoscientists' Make Impact on Students
* Offers News, Info on Earth Science
* NGWA: Learn How to Protect Your Groundwater
* Online Videos Show 'Faces of Climate Change'

Geologic Map Day:
Celebrate on October 14!

On Friday, October 14, 2016, you are invited to join in the celebration of the fifth annual Geologic Map Day! The final major event for the school week of Earth Science Week 2016 (October 9-15), 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 2016 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 geoheritage, Mesa Verde National Park, 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 Geologic Map Day web page ( ).

'One Shared Place' Contest
Wants Your Videos

Now is the time for teams of educators and students to enter the new "One Shared Place" contest hosted by AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week. Each team will 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 ( ).

A contest overview is provided in a brief One Shared Place Introduction video available via social media and YouTube ( ). For contest guidelines, see the One Shared Place page on the Earth Science Week website ( ). For more information, contact Celia Thomas, AGI's Center for Geoscience & Society, Program Associate, at .

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!

See What Climate Means
Locally, Nationally

If you've got a computer with Internet access, then you can conduct a new activity called "Climate at a Glance: From Local to National Scale" that the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has contributed as part of the education materials collection of Earth Science Week 2016.

Created by AMS in cooperation with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, the activity introduces students to the NOAA Climate at a Glance website, which allows real-time analysis of monthly temperature and precipitation data nationwide. Find the activity at .

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 ( ).

'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 .

**************************** 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 .

NGWA: Learn How to
Protect Your Groundwater

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) celebrates Protect Your Groundwater Day on September 6, 2016, 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 organization says 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 .

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 .

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