Earth Science Week Update January 2018

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 16, No. 1: January 2018


Earth Science Week Links You to Education Resources

Where can you find the widest possible collection of Earth science curricula, classroom activities, teacher professional development opportunities, science education standards, virtual field trips, teaching ancillaries, and much more?

Earth Science Week participants need look no further than the Education Resources Network of AGI's Center for Geoscience & Society. The free geoscience education resources featured on this website, provided by a variety of sources, are available with the click of a mouse.

To visit the Education Resources Network, now you can simply go to the Earth Science Week homepage and click on "Resources" link at the top of the page. Or go directly to the Education Resources Network right now!

Earth Science Teaching Award: See New Video

Ever wonder what it takes to win the prestigious Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching? Watch a new video on 2017 award winner M.J. Tykoski, an eighth grade teacher at Cooper Junior High School in Wylie, Texas.

This new video briefly details Tykoski's outstanding work in the classroom and championing of Earth science. The award program, a major part of Earth Science Week, recognizes one full-time teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade, or the U.K. equivalent, for leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

To enter the 2018 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2018. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in March 2018. To learn more, teachers should visit the Roy Award page online.

Dig Into Earth Science Education With USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a longtime Earth Science Week partner, offers a wealth of information on virtually every Earth science topic, from natural resources and hazards to geospatial data.

The USGS education website includes lesson plans and other resources for K-12 students, educators, and others. Just in time for the Earth Science Week 2018 theme of "Earth as Inspiration," for example, the inspiring "Land and People" site allows middle and high school students to look at exciting interactions between people and the environment in three diverse regions of the United States: Cape Cod, Los Angeles, and the Everglades.

USGS has thousands of free eye-catching images and over 69,000 searchable publications such as books, maps, and charts online. If what you're looking for still proves elusive, just "ask a geologist." And don't forget to check out the rich archives of the USGS podcast series, CoreCast, featuring stories and insights on climate change, satellite monitoring, human health, wildlife disease, and more.

AAPG Offers Educator Opportunities in May

The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) is offering a variety of opportunities for K-12 geoscience educators during its Annual Convention and Exhibition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on May 20-23, 2018.

AAPG presents a free Earth Science Educator Program highlighting the rocks, landforms, and geologic history of Utah by way of a workshop and field trip along the foot of the central Wasatch Range. Participants will receive eight hours of relicensure credit, a classroom-ready rock kit with large specimens of each rock type, and locally-oriented supplementary educational materials.

The program is directed toward the 4th, 5th, and 7th grade Utah Science Core Standards for Earth science and will be led by Utah Geological Survey geologists. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis for actively employed school teachers and specialists. Educators from grade levels not specified will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as space is available. Stipends for long-distance travel may be available.

For details, see the convention website. Register online.

NASA Sites Illuminate Timely Topics in Science

As Earth Science Week participants have come to learn, NASA offers a dazzling array of learning resources for students and teachers interested in the geosciences, including materials focusing on the Earth Science Week 2018 theme of "Earth as Inspiration." The agency, a major Earth Science Week partner, provides three resources specially designed to show the connections between space, weather, and climate:

  • Space Place: NASA's award-winning website engages children in the upper-elementary grades in Earth and space science through interactive games, hands-on activities, fun articles, and short videos. With materials in both English and Spanish and resources for parents and teachers, Space Place covers space, the sun, the solar system, our planet, and the scientists and technology that make discovery possible.
  • SciJinks: NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather website for middle-school students. SciJinks offers exciting and accessible content, games, and multimedia. There are videos, printable images and posters, and help for teachers. The site also provides content by topic, such as clouds, tides, oceans, atmosphere, seasons, and satellites.
  • Climate Kids: NASA's website brings the exciting science of climate change and sustainability to life. 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. Learn how global changes affect the planet over time using the interactive Climate Time Machine.

National Park Videos Explore Climate Change

The National Park Service invites you to view videos on a variety of climate change topics, including citizen science, sea-level rise, glaciers, and more!

Through these educational videos, teachers and students can learn the basics about climate change topics, explore the National Park Service's unique position in responding to climate change, understand the challenges of managing parks in the face of climate change, and find out more about the science behind climate change.

Learn how climate change impacts issues relating to the Earth Science Week 2018 theme of "Earth as Inspiration": See videos online.

AGU Resources Advance Education and Outreach

The American Geophysical Union (AGU), an AGI member society dedicated to the furtherance of the geophysical sciences, offers an array of opportunities exposing students, teachers, and life-long learners to the freshest, most accurate scientific knowledge and the excitement of discovery.

This is accomplished through educational and career-focused events at annual AGU meetings, professional development workshops for teachers, special programs for pre-college and post-secondary students, awards for science educators, and printed and electronic resources. To learn more about the education and public outreach efforts of AGU, an Earth Science Week partner, please visit online.

Resources Available Online Throughout the Year

Come and take a look! Earth Science Week is more than one week of the year. If you've got Internet access, you can teach and learn about Earth science all year long.

The Earth Science Week website presents videos, webcasts, classroom activities, Spanish-language resources, research projects, local events and organizations, and careers information.

Most importantly, the site features hundreds of recommended lessons that teachers and parents can conduct with children. Check out Earth Science Week online today!

AGI Powers Geoscience With Information Services

AGI is a premier provider of comprehensive, reliable, and timely geoscience information for geoscientists, public policymakers, educators, the public, industry, the media, and students:

  • AGI publishes a wide range of books on a number of geoscience topics. From our Environmental Awareness Series to critical reference books like the Glossary of Geology and the Geoscience Handbook, the AGI Online Store help you be a better geoscientist.
  • EARTH Magazine is the flagship publication of AGI. EARTH brings the latest news on Earth, Environment, and Energy in an easy-to-read format. Available both in paper and digital, EARTH Magazine keeps you on top, monthly, of the latest research and discoveries.
  • The Glossary of Geology is the definitive reference for students and professionals in the geosciences. With over 40,000 terms and definition, the Glossary is built on the published geoscience literature to ensure that the definition is precise and accepted by the community.
  • AGI has published a large portfolio of popular books on the issues of how the geosciences support the needs of environmental stewardship. From topics as diverse as water and metal mining, to geologic maps and remote sensing, the Environmental Awareness Series brings the most critical information to you in an easy to use format.
  • GeoRef is the premier bibliographic database for the Earth Sciences. An indispensible tool for researchers and students alike, GeoRef lets you understand the entire historical record of research on any topic in the geosciences.
  • AGI hosts a number of both free and subscription-based online databases. GeoRef and its associated thematic databases such as AusGeoRef and CanGeoRef are available for subscription, while the GeoRef Previews Database freely allows a sneak peak at new articles that are working their way into GeoRef.

GSA Geoscientists Reach Out to Educators

Teachers and students alike can learn a lot from the Geological Society of America (GSA), an AGI member society and Earth Science Week partner. GSA is an organization of geoscientists in industry, government, business, and academia who are committed to the ongoing professional growth of Earth scientists.

Recognizing that the future of geology rests in the hands of our nations' teachers is the fundamental building block of GSA's GeoTeachers program. Teachers can take advantage of GeoVenture trips, offering field experiences in geologically dynamic locations. See information online to learn more.

Apply by February 1 for Congressional Fellowship

Not much time left! AGI is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The successful candidate will spend 12 months in Washington D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or on a congressional committee.

The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the federal legislative process and make practical contributions to the effective and timely use of geoscientific knowledge on issues relating to the environment, resources, natural hazards, and federal science policy.

Prospective applicants should have a broad geoscience background and excellent written and oral communication skills. Although prior experience in public policy is not necessary, a demonstrable interest in applying science to solving public problems is desirable. A Ph.D. at the time of appointment or a master's degree in engineering plus three years of professional engineering experience is required. Applicants must be a member of one of AGI's member societies. Applications are due February 1, 2018. Learn more online.


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