Earth Science Week Update August 2018

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 16, No. 9: August 2018


How to Put Your Local Event on the Map - Online

If you're hosting an event for the public during Earth Science Week 2018 (October 14-20), 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 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 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!

Art Contest Spotlights National Fossil Day

The National Park Service and National Fossil Day partners are sponsoring an art contest to celebrate the eighth annual National Fossil Day. National Fossil Days is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018, during Earth Science Week. The theme for this contest is "The Age of Reptiles - More Than Just Dinosaurs."

There are many other reptile species that lived with dinosaurs during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. Artists are encouraged to select what they consider the most extreme, weirdest, coolest, or just their favorite non-dinosaur reptile as their subject.

Artwork should focus on other Mesozoic reptiles that lived with dinosaurs. Dinosaurs, including birds, can be present in the art piece but cannot be the main focus of your art. The artwork can be in the form of a photograph (black-and-white or color), a painting, a drawing, or a sketch. All artwork must be 2-D and flat.

For more information please visit National Fossil Day online.

Find Inspiration With Earth Science Week Toolkit

Every year, Earth Science Week tackles a different topic in its toolkit of materials for educators. Focusing on the theme "Earth as Inspiration," the 2018 kit includes:

  • 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
  • New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
  • NASA materials on school resources and planetary exploration
  • National Park Service posters on caves, plants, and geology
  • Geologic Map Day poster dealing with artistic inspiration
  • Mineral Education Coalition "Quarry to Crop" postcard
  • IRIS material on seismology and earthquakes
  • AmericaView poster on exploring America through LandSat
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute poster on global change
  • UNAVCO materials on Geodesy and websites to explore
  • Fact sheet from Critical Zones Observatories
  • Switch Energy Project information on energy science
  • Bureau of Land Management dinosaur coloring page
  • Material on Constructing the Rock Cycle from GSA
  • Water Footprint Calculator information on water science
  • EarthScope material on what it means to be an Earth scientist
  • CLEAN, AMS, TERC, and GPS information and more

The kit contains materials to help you prepare for Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018) and inform Earth science teaching and learning all year long.

The Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit is free and available for the cost of shipping and handling. Pay just $8.50 for the first toolkit and $2.25 for each additional toolkit in the United States. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit online or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

USGS Looking for Best Student Geologic Maps

Looking for opportunities for young geoscientists? The sixth annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition will be held at the Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 4-7, 2018.

The competition is proudly hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with AGI, GSA, GSA Foundation, Association of American State Geologists, American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Journal of Maps.

The competition is open to all students, at any level of their academic career (BS, MS, or PhD), who have created a geologic map through their recent and substantial field work.

Students may enter the competition by submitting abstracts. Abstracts are due by August 14, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Learn more.

AGI Factsheets Show Geoscience in Your State

What does Earth science mean to your state? AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, now offers 50 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.

Earth Science Week Begins With EarthCache Day

Earth Science Week 2018 will begin with the 11th annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 14. 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 14. Learn more.

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.

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 2018 theme of "Earth as Inspiration" with a variety of relevant offerings. For example, teachers can find inspiring 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." Learn more about NAGT Teaching Resources and NAGT's Journal of Geoscience Education.

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. 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 the United Kingdom's national society for geoscience at GSL 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 Energy4Me online to learn more.


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