Earth Science Week Update October 2017

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 15, No. 10: October 2017


Earth Science Week Celebrates 'Science Friday'

Earth Science Week 2017 is making some noise about geoscience with the help of National Public Radio's popular call-in talk show, Science Friday. Award-winning host Ira Flatow today kicks off a Science Friday Science Club that invites listeners and geoscience enthusiasts to share their favorite rocks online in a "virtual rock collection" Neat Rock Challenge.

Throughout October, AGI geoscientists and other experts will chat with people from across the country who share their favorite rocks, delve into their stories, and learn about the amazing world of geoscience. The Science Club will connect participants with informative articles, scientific expertise, and a webinar on ways that students and educators can explore their #neatrock collections together.

Listen to Science Friday on NPR and take part in the Science Club online! To learn more, visit Science Friday's Science Club.

View New Webcast on Earth Science Week 2017

Go online today to view a new webcast detailing resources, events, and opportunities available through Earth Science Week, the annual worldwide celebration of the geosciences! Find the "Get Involved: Earth Science Week 2017" webcast online now for viewing at your convenience.

This free webcast, narrated by AGI's Sequoyah McGee, provides an overview of learning activities, instructional materials, career resources, upcoming events, networking opportunities, contests, videos, and other programs available through Earth Science Week. The tutorial provides a tour of online links and resources for more information.

The roughly eight-minute webcast focuses on Earth Science Week 2017 (October 8-14), which celebrates the theme "Earth and Human Activity." View the webcast online now. In addition, see webcasts describing the Earth Science Week contests, special days during the week, and AGI's geoscience teacher award competition.

Implement NGSS With STEM Teaching Tools

Tune in for a free webinar, "STEM Teaching Tools: Resources for Equitable Science Teaching and Learning," by education researcher Dr. Deb Morrison during Earth Science Week at 1 p.m. PT2 p.m. MT3 p.m. CT4 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Educators implementing the vision of "3D equitable science instruction" described in the Next Generation Science Standards' Framework for k-12 Science Education face many problems of practice. The STEM Teaching Tools collection of resources - a pool is researcher- and practitioner-designed materials that continues to grow - are available freely to support educators in addressing such implementation challenges. Participants will explore the collection, engage in some example uses of these resources, and discuss other options for supporting educators in this critical moment of shifting instructional goals and norms.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. The registration deadline is October 10. For more information, visit online.

This webinar is part of a broader effort to support NGSS implementation. If you are involved with a curriculum development project related to NGSS in Earth and space science, we'd like to hear from you. We are interested in the "lesson learned" from NGSS development efforts in local and state contexts. Please contact Ed Robeck, AGI's director of education and outreach, by email to share your experiences and insights.

NESTA Offers Resources for This Year's Event

The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) has assembled an incredible Earth Science Week Collection of teaching resources for you to use.

Day by day, the collection offers instructional resources tailored for each of Earth Science Week's Focus Days,  from Sunday's International EarthCache Day through Saturday'sInternational Archaeology Day. Read all about this year's event in NESTA's The Earth Scientist.

In addition, you are invited to join the NESTA community at the close of Earth Science Week for a virtual celebration on Saturday, October 14. Call-in details are online.

'Geologic Open House' at Great Falls Park

Come one, come all! To celebrate Earth Science Week and Geologic Map Day, the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, is pleased to announce a "Geologic Open House" on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Great Falls Park, near McLean, Virginia.

The event will offer an exciting opportunity to discover the geologic history of Great Falls Park. Attendees will learn about the natural forces that have shaped this landscape over billions of years, explore the park's rocky terrain, waterfalls, and more in a guided tour led by an expert geoscientist. Morning and afternoon sessions will include a Science Talk led by USGS Research Geologist Scott and a Guided Geologic Walking Tour of the park led by USGS Research Geologist Daniel Doctor.

While the event is open to the public, there is a park entrance fee of $10 per vehicle and all passengers (excluding organized groups) and $5 per individual entering the park on foot or bicycle. Individuals 15 years old and younger are admitted free of charge.  Organizers ask that you RSVP via the website if you plan on attending.

Great Falls Park is located at 9200 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22102. For more information, see the press release. If you have any additional questions, contact USGS's Mike Marketti by email or phone  703-648-6976.

Watch Exciting Video on Earth Science Week

To kick off Earth Science Week 2017 in style, watch the promotional video recently produced by AGI to trumpet the importance of the Earth sciences and the celebration's role in promoting public awareness.

Why is Earth science a big deal? How does Earth Science Week help promote learning and teaching about the subject? And what can you do to get involved? Find out in this brief, exciting, eye-popping video.

View the new "Earth Science Week" video online. To see additional AGI videos relating to Earth Science Week, check out videos online.

Citywide Celebrations Add Local Focus to Event

How is your town celebrating Earth Science Week? AGI is pleased to announce city-specific celebrations of its annual geoscience awareness campaign, Earth Science Week, taking place October 8-14, 2017. Major American cities such as Houston, Denver, and Washington, D.C., will serve as major centers of public awareness activities.

In all these cities, AGI is collaborating with geoscience organizations and public schools to extend and deepen the reach of the successful Earth Science Week campaign with special events, educational materials, online resources, and activities in schools and other settings.

To support these "Citywide Celebrations," AGI is donating hundreds of Earth Science Week Toolkits to schools and educators in Houston, Denver, and D.C. Each kit contains dozens of study guides, posters, disks, and other resources for Earth science education, which will be used to inspire activities in the classroom. Many materials focus on this year's theme of "Earth and Human Activity."

In addition, AGI has launched the official Citywide Celebrations website to provide educators, students, and families with links to additional educational resources as well as other offerings in participating cities. Why not partner with local geoscience organizations to launch a Citywide Celebration in your area? For more information, visit Earth Science Week Citywide Celebrations online.

Earth Science Week 2017 Contest Extends Globally

Earth Science Week has expanded eligibility for its annual photography contest to allow international members of all AGI Member Societies and members of AGI's three International Associate Societies to participate. Though previously open only to residents of the United States, the photo contest has always been a major part of Earth Science Week, which this year is being celebrated October 8-14.

International members of AGI Member Societies and members of AGI International Associate Societies, as well as U.S. residents, are encouraged to enter this year's Earth Science Week photography contest, "Earth and Human Activity Here." These individuals are invited to use a camera to show how earth systems interact in their communities. Learn more online.

Don't Delay: Order Your Earth Science Week Toolkit

Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkits are flying off the shelves! The kit contains everything you need to celebrate Earth Science Week (October 8-14) and explore Earth science education throughout the year.

The Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit focuses on the theme "Earth and Human Activity," including:

  • 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

Under a new price structure, copies of the toolkit are free and available for the cost of shipping and handling ($8.50 for the first kit, $2.25 for each additional kit in the United States). For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more, visit online or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

'No Child Left Inside' Day Comes to Your Area

On the Tuesday of Earth Science Week, October 10, you can make sure there's "No Child Left Inside" (NCLI). Dedicate a day to outdoor activities enabling young people to experience the geosciences firsthand - during Earth Science Week or any time throughout the year.

To help, 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 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Plan your own NCLI Day event, where educators and young people can wade into ponds, climb hills, or search the skies to learn Earth science. Find the NCLI Day Guide PDF online. Have a great NCLI Day!

Explore 'Big Ideas' in Videos, Classroom Activities

AGI now offers award-winning videos and related classroom activities to help students, educators, and others explore the "big ideas" of Earth science during Earth Science Week 2017 (October 8-14) and all year long. Recently added are dozens of additional activities selected specifically to help educators teach about core concepts of Earth science.

Big Ideas videos are brief video clips that bring to life the big ideas of Earth science - the nine core concepts that everyone should know. The Earth Science Literacy Initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, has codified these underlying understandings of Earth science which form the basis of the Big Ideas videos.

View the Big Ideas videos on YouTube or TeacherTube. The Earth Science Week website provides related resources. Educators can find more than 100 classroom activities online to help students build understanding of the "big ideas."

Act Now to Win Award for Earth Science Teaching

Earth Science Week 2017 (October 8-14) wouldn't be so successful without the efforts of amazing Earth science teachers. That's why AGI is announcing details for its upcoming award competition, the 2018 Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching.

Given annually, this award is presented to one teacher of grades K-8 in the United States or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom each year. The award recognizes leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

The winner of the Edward C. Roy Award will receive a cash prize and an additional travel grant to attend the National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference in Atlanta in March 2018. To be eligible, applications must be submitted by January 22, 2018.

The Edward C. Roy Award is given in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. For more information on requirements, application procedures and deadlines, please visit online.

Contest Winners to Be Announced Next Month

Friday, October 13, is the deadline to email and mail your submissions! AGI thanks the many hundreds of students, educators, and others who are entering this year's Earth Science Week photo, visual arts, and essay contests.

Winners will be announced in November 2017. AGI will contact winners directly and recognize their success both on the Earth Science Week website and in this electronic newsletter.

Earth Science Week Prompts 'Climate Conversations'

PBS Education currently is partnering with Independent Television Service Inc. and WGBH to deliver a 3-part virtual professional development series focused around climate change and climate science.

The goal is to offer support to teachers across the country who are struggling to overcome preconceived notions around climate change and climate science which are a part of the middle and high school Next Generation Science Standards. This series of virtual professional development will introduce educators to high-quality, science and media-based educational materials and introduce them to scientists, film producers, and other educators who are successfully navigating these complex issues in the classroom.

The series consists of one webinar and two Independent Television Service OVEE eventsand is scheduled to coincide with AGI's annual Earth Science Week. A virtual event, "Climate Conversations: Cross Curricular Connections," an OVEE event, is coming up on October 24, 2017. Go online to learn more!

Earth Science Week Accepts 'WHERE Challenge'

Canadian residents are invited to take part in the 2017 WHERE Challenge sponsored by Teck Resources Limited. The Challenge is a national contest endorsed by the Canadian Earth sciences community that asks students aged 9-14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff, and WHERE on Earth does it come from?

WHERE stands for the places where Earth scientists work: Water, Hazards, Energy, Resources, and Environment. There are thousands of dollars in prizes to be won and you can enter as a group, an individual or a school. All you have to do is use your imagination and dig up some interesting facts about your stuff. The 2017 WHERE Challenge runs from September 18, 2017 to March 8, 2018.

Pick a favorite object in your home, school or playground, identify one or more non-renewable Earth resources needed to make that object and tell us WHERE on Earth those resources come from. You may be surprised by how many are found in Canada. Your story can be told through an essay, a poem, a song or a play, a painting or a poster, an audio, video or multimedia presentation or anything else you can dream up. Learn more online.

Geologic Map Day Boosts Mapping Education

You're invited to take part in the sixth annual Geologic Map Day by conducting learning activities along with teachers and students across the country on Friday, October 13. New online is this year's geologic mapping activity, entitled "Karst, Sinkholes, and Human Activity."

Check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in the Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit. The poster provides a geologic map, plus step-by-step instructions for the classroom activity.

Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, NASA, and Esri in partnership with AGI, this special event promotes awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page.

Thanks to Earth Science Week's Generous Sponsors

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Earth Science Week is able to promote awareness and appreciation of the geosciences among over 50 million people every year. AGI would like to express its appreciation to the many government agencies, nonprofit groups, and corporations that make the program possible.

Earth Science Week couldn't do its important work without the support of organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey; National Park Service; AAPG Foundation; NASA; American Geophysical Union; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; Geological Society of America; Association of American State Geologists; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Archaeological Institute of America; ExxonMobil; and AmericaView. In addition, year after year, Earth Science Week Toolkits are purchased in bulk for distribution to educators by organizations such as NASA and Schnabel Engineering.

To learn how your organization can become an Earth Science Week Sponsor, visit here. To order Earth Science Week Toolkits for teachers in your area, go online.

Earth Science Week Closes With Day of Archaeology

Earth Science Week 2017 reaches its climax with International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 14. The event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery!

Every October, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - an Earth Science Week partner - and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner "Indiana Jones."

Check out educational resources on the International Archaeology Day website. In addition, see the "Humans and Water, Past to Present" learning activity in this year's Earth Science activity Calendar, included in the Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit.

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 online.