Earth Science Week Update August 2017

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 15, No. 9: August 2017


How to Put Your Local Event on the Map - Online

If you're hosting an event for the public during Earth Science Week 2017 (October 8-14), 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 online. 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. 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!

Explore Interactions 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 "Earth and Human Activity," the 2017 kit includes:

  • 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
  • New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
  • NASA materials on Earth science and LandSat images
  • National Park Service posters on glaciers, fossils, and clean air
  • Geologic Map Day poster dealing with karst and sinkholes
  • Mineral Education Coalition's "What's In My Toothpaste" game
  • Association of American Geographers GeoMentors flyer
  • Bureau of Land Management dinosaur coloring page
  • CZO-sponsored The Earth Scientist newsletter
  • AmericaView board game using satellite imagery
  • Soil Science Society of America magnetic bookmark
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute posters on the biosphere
  • UNAVCO Tectonic Motions of Alaska poster
  • Switch Energy Project information on video resources
  • National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA postcard
  • Material on GSA's EarthCache in Education program
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service information on soils
  • CLEAN, AIPG, IRIS, NCKRI, Flyover Country information
  • Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

Past years' kits address other topics. "Our Shared Geoheritage," for example, explores geologic heritage.

Each kit contains materials to help you prepare for Earth Science Week (October 8-14, 2017) and teach Earth science all year long. For ordering, special shipping, bulk order discounts, and more information, visit AGI's Online Store or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

New Factsheets Show Geoscience in Your State

AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, now offers fifty new factsheets, which quantify the tangible contributions of geoscience - that is, Earth science - to the economy, environment, public health and safety of every U.S. state.

In addition to providing decisionmakers with facts about the role of geoscience and the government agencies that fund geoscience in their states, the factsheets offer educators and students information to help frame Earth science studies in terms of real-world concerns.

Importantly, the factsheets frame geoscience as a discipline that brings benefits to every state. Water, minerals, and petroleum - all natural resources that many of us take for granted - would not be safely available without geoscience. Further, geoscience brings jobs, attracts students and faculty to universities, and spurs research and innovation, while helping mitigate the risks of natural hazards. Find the factsheet for your state online.

Earth Science Week Begins With EarthCache Day

Earth Science Week 2017 will begin with the 10th annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 8. 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 8. Learn more online.

Energy Department Programs Empowering Teachers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an Earth Science Week partner, provides learning opportunities for teachers and students at all levels. For example, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy website offers classroom activities and materials for K-12 science instruction.

In "Geothermal Education," for example, online offerings include vivid infographics, lesson plans, energy literacy materials, and other educational resources.

With laboratories across the country, DOE scientists and instruments offer valuable resources. DOE programs for educators include the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, in which teachers work for a year in a congressional office or federal agency. See more on DOE programs for teachers and scientists. The annual National Science Bowl tests students' science knowledge.

Study Plate Tectonics, Rock Cycle Online at GSL

The Geological Society of London (GSL), an international Earth Science Week partner, offers a pair of online resources for learning about key geoscience topics.

Electronic map-based resources are the focus of GSL's Plate Tectonics page at . In addition, a site recently has been launched to accompany GSL's Rock Cycle online module.

Founded in 1807, GSL is the oldest geological society in the world. Learn more about GSL, the United Kingdom's national society for geoscience, online.

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 2017 theme of "Earth and Human Activity" with a variety of offerings. For example, teachers can find relevant 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 NAGT Teaching Resources.

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. Search over 3,500 science and math activities.

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 online to learn more.

Nature Conservancy Eyes Science of Earth Habitats

The Nature Conservancy offers informational resources ideal for educators aiming to teach about a wide range of geoscience topics, including the ecology of various habitats and ways that communities interact with them.

Videos and other materials convey the work of scientists engaged in conservation efforts around the world. For example, educational resources on floodplains explore the many ways that humans rely on floodplain areas for clean water, agriculture, and healthy ecosystems.

Throughout The Nature Conservancy website, you can find a wealth of resources on natural habitats, including webcasts on the environment, interviews with scientists, and articles explaining how habitats pose potential hazards to communities living there.

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