Earth Science Week Update May 2018

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 16, No. 5: May 2018


AGI's 'Faces of Earth' Series in HD Inspires

Promoting the Earth Science Week 2018 theme of "Earth as Inspiration," AGI has released its award-winning "Faces of Earth" series on YouTube in full High Definition allowing wider use in K-12 classrooms. From the cacophony that originated Earth 4.6 billion years ago to the changes that shape it today, AGI's "Faces of Earth" explores the natural processes of planet Earth - and humans' relation to those processes.

"Building the Planet," episode one in the four-part series, travels back in time and strips away layers of Earth to witness the explosion that formed the planet. Earthquakes rumble, volcanoes explode, and lands transform as viewers explore the science behind plate tectonics in "Shaping the Planet," the second episode. In "Assembling America," the third installment, viewers explore how time and natural forces have shaped the United States.

Finally, in "A Human World," viewers learn how Earth has shaped human evolution and how humans, in turn, are shaping the world. Experience eye-popping imagery, exclusive interviews, and captivating commentary from distinguished geoscientists. See the series online.

Plan Activities Now for Earth Science Week 2018

Don't wait until fall to prepare for Earth Science Week 2018 (October 14-20)! Now is the time to plan your activities. Take this opportunity to make a wish list: How would you like your students to be inspired during Earth Science Week?

You can promote this year's theme - "Earth as Inspiration" - by preparing activities that help your students explore how geoscience knowledge deepens and enhances their sense of wonder about the Earth. Start with the exciting classroom activities featured on the Earth Science Week website at .

Leading up to the October celebration, you'll see more and more Earth Science Week events, both local and nationwide, listed online. For more ideas, read about successful past events or see recommendations on how to get involved.

Look to CLEAN for Climate, Energy Science

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Portal is designed to steward a major collection of climate and energy science educational resources and to support a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy. The three key components are:

1. The CLEAN Collection of Climate and Energy Science Resources - high-quality, digital resources (learning activities, visualizations, videos, short demonstrations/experiments) geared toward educators of students in secondary through undergraduate levels.

2. Guidance in Teaching Climate and Energy Science - pages designed to help educators understand and be equipped to teach the big ideas in climate and energy science.

3. The CLEAN Network - a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy.

Funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy, CLEAN was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College. As of 2012, CLEAN has been syndicated to NOAA's portal.

Inspire With Art for National Fossil Day

To celebrate the ninth annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week 2018, the National Park Service is hosting an art contest celebrating fossil resources and paleontological heritage. Focusing on the theme "The Age of Reptiles - More Than Just Dinosaurs," the contest is open to U.S. residents of any age.

Awards are given for entrants aged 5-8, 9-13, 14-18, and 18 and over. Artwork contest winners will be selected by a panel of judges, and winners will be highlighted on the National Fossil Day website. Read guidelines and download and entry form on the contest website.

NSTA Provides Links to Free Science Resources

Looking for teaching resources? Check out a page called "Freebies for Science Teachers" on the National Science Teachers Association website.

Updated periodically, this searchable "array of free resources for you and your classroom" frequently features online links to publications, CD-ROMs, DVDs, videos, kits, and other materials for Earth science education. For more, go online.

Power Up Education With Energy Resources

What is energy? Where does energy come from? How much energy do humans use? Free, interdisciplinary education materials and videos are available to answer important questions like these - and to foster a more energy literate nation.

AGI's Center for Geoscience & Society has produced corresponding education materials, including videos in English and Spanish, student and teacher guides, a "quick start" guide to energy literacy, lesson connections, and guidance on aligning energy literacy lessons with the Next Generation Science Standards. Also, AGI provides links to many resources available through AGI member societies and partners.

Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education resources are available on the U.S. Department of Energy website. For additional information and resources, please visit the Center for Geoscience & Society.

Local Event Registry Heightens Your Visibility

Are you hosting an Earth Science Week 2018 event, such as an exhibit, tour, lecture, or open house? 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.

Any registered event will be listed on Earth Science Week's Events In Your Area and acknowledged in the Earth Science Week Highlights Report following the event.

BLM Helps Schools Explore Solar Energy

Does the need for carbon-free renewable energy outweigh the potential risks to wildlife habitats, cultural and historical resources, and recreation areas? Middle school teachers can explore this question with their students through "Solar-Generated Electricity," the latest teaching guide in the Classroom Investigation Series of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The unit describes how solar facilities on public lands work, examines the tradeoffs in detail, and illuminates the factors that affect decisions about where to build solar electricity plants. Each activity includes learning objectives and teacher preparation steps, background information, lesson procedures, adaptations to consider, assessment, and student handouts. Find the PDF.

Visit Your Nearby National Wildlife Refuge

Want to be inspired by the Earth? Overlapping Earth Science Week this year, National Wildlife Refuge Week is being held October 8-15, 2018. The event celebrates the richness of the 550 units that make up America's National Wildlife Refuge System.

Whether you prefer to study Earth science firsthand, admire the fall colors, thrill to a sky full of migratory birds, explore a mountain trail, or learn about the cultural resources that are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's conservation mission, you can find what you like at a National Wildlife Refuge.

Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a longtime Earth Science Week partner, this week focuses on lands and waters where wildlife and habitats are under federal protection. For information and educational resources, see online. Got to the National Wildlife Refuge Locator's map to find refuges near you.

New Report Examines Nitrogen in Our Air

"Nitrogen From the Atmosphere," a recently released educational resource from the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, provides information on nitrogen present in our atmosphere and land through the "Nitrogen Cascade," how human activities contribute to nitrogen, what effects areassociated with nitrogen deposition, and more.

This is a useful resource for the classroom (appropriate for middle to high school and early college) and informal education. Find the report online.


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