Earth Science Week Update June 2018

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 16, No. 6: June 2018


Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit: Order Yours Now

Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkits are available for advance orders now. The toolkit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018), which celebrates the theme "Earth as Inspiration." This year's toolkit 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 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.

The Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit will ship starting in August 2018. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit the AGI Online Store or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

Earth Science Week Contests Detailed in New Webcast

How will you celebrate Earth Science Week 2018? Maybe you or your students will win prizes in the four contests described in the new webcast: "Contests of Earth Science Week 2018."

This free webcast, narrated by AGI Outreach Associate Sequoyah McGee, provides an overview of the photography, visual arts, essay, and video contests. The webcast includes online links that viewers can click during the presentation to review detailed guidelines. The roughly five-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 Earth Expressions contest calls for brief videos exploring Earth science.

To view the webcast, visit Earth Science Week Webcasts. In the coming months, look for additional webcasts on Earth Science Week 2018, which celebrates the theme of "Earth as Inspiration." To learn more about the contests, visit Earth Science Week Contests.

Get Inspired With Geoscience Visualizations

What is it about our planet that inspires you? If your sense of wonder only grows with understanding natural processes, then visualizations can be an effective way of exploring "Earth as Inspiration," the theme of Earth Science Week 2018 (October 14-20).

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

Now you can explore human interaction with the natural world 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 humanity's relationship with the planet.

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.

Earth Science Week Photos Come to Houston

Earth Science Week is partnering with George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston to exhibit more than 20 top photos entered in the celebration's 2017 photo contest, which recently explored the theme of "Earth and Human Activity Here." These eye-catching photos will be on display in Terminal B of the airport from June 24 through July 26, 2018.

Shutterbugs from far and wide submitted striking photos that captured evidence of human interaction with natural systems including land, water, air, and living things around their communities. Roxie Khalili of Foster City, California, for instance, won first place with her image creatively showing human-built infrastructure surrounding a nearby lagoon and its inhabitants.

The traveling photo display debuted late last year in the heart of the nation's capital, at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, one of the country's busiest train stations. The display also was made available to visitors at Mazza Gallerie, a high-traffic, upscale shopping mall in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. The traveling display is an ongoing program offering, exhibiting photos in high-attendance public spaces nationwide.

The innovation is the brainchild of the ESW@20 Advisory Committee, a panel created in recognition that Earth Science Week had grown over two decades to become the geoscience community's leading public awareness campaign. The committee of representatives from partner organizations launched the display as a way of celebrating the program's 20th anniversary and promoting awareness of the importance of the geosciences. Learn more about Earth Science Week.

Guidebook PDF Ensures 'No Child Left Inside'

Wouldn't it be great to dedicate a day to "No Child Left Inside," a time for outdoor activities enabling young people to experience the inspiration of Earth science firsthand? To help you do just that, 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 any of 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students. Begin now to plan your NCLI Day event for summer or fall, when young people can wade into ponds, climb hills, and search the skies to learn Earth science.

Find the NCLI Day Guide, including the new PDF version, online. Have a great NCLI Day!

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 2018 (October 14-20). 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.

NASA Learning Resources Spark Inspiration

Explore the Earth Science Week theme of "Earth as Inspiration" through a wealth of NASA education resources:

NASA Educator Toolkit: Framing Phenomena-Based Student Investigations - NASA Earth science research, observations, visualization tools, and education resources are available for learners of all ages to connect learning to real world science, across topics - including: Earth systems, climate and weather, global climate change, and natural hazards.

NASA: National Parks from Space - This collection of stories and images was compiled from NASA's Earth Observatory. The IGES team worked with Earth to Sky (a NASA-National Park Service partnership) and NASA's Landsat mission outreach to create this curated collection and identified strategies and supplemental resources for educators to use the stories with middle and high school students.

NASA Visualizing Earth Systems - This collection of NASA Earth systems visualizations is organized by cross-cutting topics commonly found in middle and high school curricula.  It includes annotated and non-annotated versions for interpretation; links to sample K-12 lessons; and video interviews with NASA visualizer Kel Elkins and NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission Scientists.

NASA's Earth Wheel: Water in the Earth System - This interactive resource allows students to explore and compare data from four NASA satellite missions: Aquarius, GRACE, Terra, and TRMM. By considering questions and observing data on the wheel, students learn how NASA data sets, when used together, can provide a more complete understanding of water in our Earth system.

NASA Earth Observatory: How to Interpret a Satellite Image - Satellite images are full of useful and interesting information. They can show us how much a city has changed, how well our crops are growing, where a fire is burning, or when a storm is coming. These tips come from the NASA Earth Observatory's writers and visualizers, who use them to interpret images daily. They will help you get oriented enough to begin to unlock the rich information in a satellite image.

NASA Earth Observatory: Subtleties of Color - This series focuses on the use of color in data visualization. The series introduces the concept of using color to display data, outlines the principles behind the "perfect" color palette, describes different types of data that require unique types of palettes, gives some suggestions for mitigating color blindness, and illustrates some tricks enabled by careful use of colors.

NASA Mapping Our World Interactive - The interactive visualization and poster allow you to explore data sets from over a dozen NASA Earth science missions for 25 unique views of our world.

NASA's EO Kids - Check out the latest issue, "Sky High: Keeping Track of Volcano Plumes." This month, EO Kids is blasting into the sky and following the trails of volcanic plumes as they travel across the globe. In this issue, discover how satellites help us make air travel safer in the aftermath of an eruption. You can create your own flipbook animation and track the traveling ash and gas in this month's activities. Plus, see a volcano in 3-D. See previous issues of this NASA online publication too.

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 emphasis 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. The museum website is a great place to learn about paleontology, geology, and the Earth.

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 Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 8-11, 2018. Learn more online.

Earth Science Calendar Offers Inspiring Activities

Looking for awe-inspiring 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 "Earth as Inspiration" in addition to other geoscience topics throughout the 2018-19 school year and beyond.

Learn how to paint with soil, enliven data with art, and make "Earth art" with Google Earth. Order your Earth Science Week 2018 Toolkit, including the new Earth Science Activity Calendar, now!

Explore Geophysics During Earth Science Week 2018

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 SEG Online.


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