Earth Science Week Update June 2016

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 14, No. 6: June 2016


* Your Summer Project: 'One Shared Place' Contest
* Earth Science Week Contests Detailed in New Webcast
* NASA Climate Kids See '10 Interesting Things'
* Make Connections With Earth Science Organizations
* How Are Your Students Visualizing Geoheritage?
* Ponder Paleontology Through PRI's Resources
* AIPG Aims to Educate Next-Generation Geologists
* Earth Science Calendar Offers Geoheritage Activities
* AGI Site Helps You Explore 'Critical Issues'
* Explore Geophysics During Earth Science Week 2016

Your Summer Project:
'One Shared Place' Contest

How will you spend your summer? AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, recommends exploring local links to Earth science by entering the new "One Shared Place" video contest!

Leading up to Earth Science Week 2016, AGI invites teams of educators and students to each 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, presented by AGI in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service, is open to teams 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 of any age. Videos can include footage shot on site, animations, computer images, drawings, data, and more.

The deadline for entries is August 16, 2016. Winners will be announced in October, during Earth Science Week, which this year celebrates the theme of "Our Shared Geoheritage." Prizes will include hundreds of dollars worth of field-based teaching supplies. AGI is grateful for the generous sponsorship of TGS.

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 ( ).

Earth Science Week Contests
Detailed in New Webcast

How will you celebrate Earth Science Week 2016? Maybe you or your students will win prizes in the four contests - including one new competition - described in the new webcast: "Contests of Earth Science Week 2016."

This free webcast, narrated by AGI Outreach Associate Brendan Soles, provides an overview of the photography, visual arts, and essay contests. The webcast includes online links, which viewers can click during the presentation to review detailed guidelines. The roughly four-minute tutorial includes information on prizes and recognition.

Each year, many science teachers encourage students to participate in the traditional Earth Science Week 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. In addition, the new One Shared Place contest calls for videos exploring geoscience and geoheritage.

To view the webcast, visit . In the coming months, look for additional webcasts on Earth Science Week 2016: "Our Shared Geoheritage." To learn more about the contests, visit .

NASA Climate Kids See
'10 Interesting Things'

Perfect for inspiring children young and old with a sense of wonder about Earth science, NASA's Climate Kids website offers a new feature just in time for Earth Science Week 2016: "10 Interesting Things About Earth."

Ever wonder why days are getting longer, why gravity isn't the same everywhere on Earth, or why our planet might be said to have more than one "moon"? Learn about all "10 interesting things" at .

As Earth Science Week participants know, NASA offers many learning resources for students and teachers interested in the geosciences. The agency, a major Earth Science Week partner, provides the Climate Kids website, for example. Targeting students in the upper-elementary grades, the site features interactive games, hands-on activities, and engaging articles. With a special section for educators, Climate Kids offers much for parents and teachers as well ( ).

Make Connections With
Earth Science Organizations

Want to organize a field trip or a classroom presentation led by a professional geoscientist for Earth Science Week? Start preparing by networking with local scientists, professors, employers, nonprofit representatives, environmental educators, and government leaders in the geosciences!

To facilitate partnerships between educators and others in the Earth science community, AGI has launched the Earth Science Organizations (ESO) database. ESO's national map pinpoints local contacts for AGI member societies, state geological surveys, agencies such as USGS and NASA, universities offering geology programs, parks, museums, and other Earth science groups.

Don't wait until autumn. Now is the time to reach out to potential partners and invite them to collaborate during Earth Science Week 2016 (October 9-15). Use this online tool ( ) to identify potential geoscience partners near you, access relevant information, and network with colleagues. To recommend an organization (or have one removed), contact AGI's Outreach Associate ( ).

How Are Your Students
Visualizing Geoheritage?

When you hear the term "geoheritage," what image does it conjure in your mind? Visualizations can be an effective way of exploring "Our Shared Geoheritage," the theme of Earth Science Week 2016 (October 9-15).

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

Now you can explore our planet's geoheritage through "Visualizing Earth Systems," a recent addition to the Earth Science Week website. The page links you to dozens of recommended visualizations dealing with energy, climate, minerals, water, hazards, and other topics linked to Earth's natural history and its relationship to society.

Visit the Visualizing Earth Systems page at .
In addition, the page links you to overviews of these topics provided by AGI's Critical Issues Program ( ), featuring additional information on timely topics.

Ponder Paleontology
Through PRI's Resources

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), an AGI member society, isn't just a natural history museum based in Ithaca, New York. PRI offers many education materials and opportunities for science teachers and students at all grade levels.

The online "Teacher Friendly Guide" gives brief geologic histories of every region of the United States. Also available online are photos and descriptions of the museum's fossil collections. Since 2003, PRI has offered the Museum of the Earth, which focuses on all of Earth's history and its life forms, with particular focus on the Northeastern United States.

Additionally, PRI has programs in research, publications, collections, and public outreach. Its paleontological research journal, "Bulletins of American Paleontology," first published in 1895, is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, email . The museum's website is a great place to learn about paleontology, geology, and the Earth. Check it out ( ).

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 Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 10-13, 2016. To learn more, visit .

Earth Science Calendar
Offers Geoheritage 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 "Our Shared Geoheritage" in addition to other geoscience topics throughout the 2016-17 school year and beyond.

Order your Earth Science Week 2016 Toolkit, including the new Earth Science Activity Calendar. The new kit is available now at !

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 .

Explore Geophysics During
Earth Science Week 2016

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 .

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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