Earth Science Week Update April 2019

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 17, No. 4: April 2019


NGSS Geoscience Webinar Targets Wiki Watersheds

AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, is collaborating with the NGSS-ESS Working Group to promote its webinar on "Wiki Watersheds & NGSS" taking place Thursday, April 18 (4pm ET, 3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT). The webinar is part of a series dealing with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Earth System Science (ESS).

WikiWatershed, an initiative of the Stroud Water Research Center, is a web toolkit to support citizens, conservation practitioners, municipal decision-makers, researchers, educators, and students in collaboratively advancing knowledge and stewardship of fresh water. This webinar will demonstrate the toolkit and describe ways that it can be used to support NGSS-ESS implementation.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. The deadline for registration is Tuesday, April 16. Register and learn more online.

You will receive webinar access information a day or two before the webinar. Organizers also will post a recording of the webinar on the NGSS-ESS webinar page, where archived videos of previous webinars also may be viewed.

Celebration Highlights Report Now Online

Last year's Earth Science Week celebration was an unmatched success. The program's visibility soared with spectacular efforts including appearances across the country by Earth Science Education Ambassador Sally Jewell, program photo contest displays at various locations, and a bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives resolution in support of Earth Science Week.

Educators, students, geoscientists, and citizens in all 50 states and more than 20 countries held events, visited classrooms, explored outdoor sites, and took part in activities. Receiving over 550,000 page views, the program website was accessed by users in 212 nations, territories, and regions worldwide in 2018, according to Google Analytics.

Please see the Earth Science Week 2018 Highlights Report and Executive Summary for details on last year's success stories - and ideas on how you can participate this year. To continually improve Earth Science Week, AGI annually tracks the program's impact, compiles new clippings, and commissions an independent external evaluation. View full reporting on Earth Science Week 2018 Highlights.

GSA's GeoTeachers Offer Professional Development

The Geological Society of America (GSA), a longtime Earth Science Week partner, offers K-12 professional development opportunities through its GeoTeachers Program. Through the program, GSA provides resources and programming to support K-12 teachers and other educators.

Look for events at the September 2019 GSA Annual Meeting and GSA Section Meetingsthroughout the year. To stay up to date, check out the GeoTeachers Blog.

NRCS Offers Resources for Soil Education

The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) operates an Education Resources pagefeaturing a treasure trove of teaching materials dealing with natural resources - including backyard conservation lesson plans, a database of standardized information about plants, and links to agricultural education sites.

For example, check out NRCS's soil science education website, where teachers can dig up a treasury of resources designed for both science educators and K-12 students. Also, teachers can sign up for email updates on soil education. Dig in!

Find New Ways to Ensure 'No Child Left Inside'

Find your geoscience inspiration in the great outdoors! Any day can be "No Child Left Inside" Day - a time for outdoor activities allowing young people to experience Earth science firsthand. And the NCLI Day Guide now offers lots of learning activities to help you do just that.

This free online guide provides everything you need to start planning your own NCLI Day event, including activities designed specifically for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Begin now to plan your NCLI Day event for Tuesday, October 15, during Earth Science Week 2019, when educators and young people nationwide will be wading into creeks, climbing hills, and searching the skies to learn Earth science. Or plan your own NCLI Day whenever it's most convenient for you!

Find AGI's NCLI Day Guide on the Earth Science Week website. Have a great NCLI Day!

Partners Teach Kids About Science of Conservation

Partners in Resource Education (PRE), an Earth Science Week partner, provides programs and activities to get young people excited about the geoscience of conservation. Focusing on national resource priorities such as pollinators, wetlands, oceans, invasive species, endangered species, fire, and climate change, PRE teaches people about sustaining and safeguarding living resources in their own backyards.

PRE is a consortium of several federal agencies - Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, National Park Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency - and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). By combining staffs and resources, the agencies educate young people, introduce them to natural resource careers, and cultivate the next generation of land and water stewards.

PRE's signature project, Hands on the Land, connects students, teachers, and parents to public lands and waterways. Education specialists work closely with teachers to develop programs that meet state standards and engage students in hands-on activities. Students to take part in environmental monitoring and other activities through distance learning and the project website.

Energy Science Sparkles in Inspiring Visualizations

Looking for ways of exploring Earth science visually? You could start with the visualizations available on the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) website.

NREL offers a spectacular collection of renewable energy maps, which depict solar, wind, water, biomass and geothermal energy. In addition, the Energy Information Administration and Open Energy Information provide stunning visual representations to help students and others understand our energy use.

Celebrate This Week of Environmental Education

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week), the nation's largest environmental education event, inspires environmental learning and stewardship. The 15th annual EE Week (April 22-26, 2019) is connecting educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students' understanding of the environment.

The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in meaningful hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas, according to the event organizer, the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Learn more online about EE Week's Resources for Educators and Resources for Citizen Science.

Earth Science Week Photo Map Boosts Education

How can you celebrate this year's Earth Science Week theme of "Geoscience Is for Everyone?" Consider a recent Earth Science Week Photo Contest invited participants to share images of the ways people affect, or are affected by, Earth systems in their local communities.

You can view many of the most striking photos in the "Earth and Human Activity Here" Photo Map. Select entries are featured on the map, linked to the location of origin. This innovation serves as a powerful educational resource, likely to fuel discussions in classrooms and other settings. Teachers, students, and others can visit the website and see examples of ways geoscience affects everyone.

Water, a Vital Natural Resource: Study With WEF

Polluted water and inadequate sanitation kill result in two deaths every minute worldwide, making clean water critical for sustaining life, according to the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Learn about clean water with the help of WEF.

The association's website provides a wealth of educational information. Key offerings includePublic Information. Visit the Water Heroes page to meet real-life professionals who keep water resources clean and safe.

WEF is a nonprofit association that provides technical education and training for thousands of water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment. Learn more online.

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