Earth Science Week Update August 2019

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 17, No. 9: August 2019



Help Ensure That Geoscience Is for Everyone

Promoting high-quality learning activities that stimulate experiential learning and mobilize conceptual thinking in the geosciences, Earth Science Week 2019 advances the theme "Geoscience Is for Everyone." This theme focuses on the inclusive potential and importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people, inviting people of all descriptions to explore studies and careers in the geosciences.

Earth Science Week promotes learning activities that are inclusive and motivating for diverse populations. While K-12 students are a key Earth Science Week audience, inclusive activities can be geared to serve the needs of all learners - regardless of age, background, or identity - allowing them to participate fully in the learning process.

On the Earth Science Week website is a selection of strategies designed to support inclusive activities. They are organized under headings given in Appendix D of the Next Generation Science Standards, which you can visit for a more detailed discussion of each approach. Each strategy is also accompanied by an example of a related geoscience-focused learning experiences. To learn more, see Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategies online.

AGI's 'Geoscience Currents' Expands News Focus

What do geoscientists earn? Where do they work? What critical issues do they work to address? Find out with Geoscience Currents, a free online information channel, relaunched this week by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) with expanded coverage of research and issues facing geoscience professionals today.

This longtime AGI publication, which has always provided vital insights into the latest data and statistics on the geoscience workforce, now encompasses a broader range of topics significant to the geoscience profession, from energy and space exploration to agriculture and infrastructure.

"Geoscience professionals need accurate, up-to-the-minute data on their field and the challenges confronting it from day to day," says AGI Executive Director Allyson Anderson Book. "The new, expanded format of Geoscience Currents offers exactly that in the form of data briefs, fact sheets, and in-depth case studies tackling workforce trends, career paths, and additional hot topics."

Geoscience Currents is designed to support well-informed public policy and decision making with expert, impartial geoscience information. Subscribe now for free.

How to Put Your Local Event on the Map - Online

If you're hosting an event for the public during Earth Science Week 2019 (October 13-19), 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. 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 email Earth Science Week. 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

Calling all Earth science and fossil artists! The National Park Service is looking for submissions for the National Fossil Day 2019 Art Contest.

The theme is "Extinct Giants and Survivors of the Last Ice Age." Submissions should include at least one representative of the extinct Late Pleistocene megafauna and one creature that lived along with these Ice Age giants but also survived into modern times.

Art can be in the form of a photograph, a painting, a drawing, or a sketch. All art must be 2D and flat. Don't wait until National Fossil Day - October 16, during Earth Science Week 2019 - to create your artwork.

All submissions must be received by mail by 5 p.m. Friday October 4, 2019. For more information, visit the National Fossil Day Art Contest webpage.

Order Your Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit Now

Place your order for an Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit today! The toolkit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2019), which celebrates the theme "Geoscience Is for Everyone." This year's toolkit includes:

  • 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
  • New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
  • NASA posters, booklet, and ruler on Earth observation and space
  • National Park Service materials on geodiversity and geoheritage
  • Fact sheet from the Soil Science Society of America
  • Geologic Map Day poster dealing with diversity and inclusion
  • Mineral Education Coalition resource on mineral science
  • American Geophysical Union "Women & Girls in Science" poster
  • IRIS flyer dealing with seismology and earthquakes
  • AmericaView "Geoscience Is Everywhere" game poster
  • Geothermal Resources Council poster on energy science
  • Information on soil nutrients from Nutrients for Life Foundation
  • UNAVCO ruler and flyer on becoming a geoscientist
  • Landslides fact sheet from Critical Zones Observatories
  • Switch Energy Project information on energy science
  • Bureau of Land Management dinosaur coloring page
  • Climate Literacy Principles publication from NOAA
  • Water Footprint Calculator information on water science
  • AIPG, NESTA, CLEAN, AMS, EarthScope items and more

The Earth Science Week 2019 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.

'Get Your Park ON!' With Earth Science Week

"Get Your Park ON!" - the second annual amateur radio, or "ham" radio, operating event - will be held October 12-20, 2019, in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to amateur radio operators worldwide and is sponsored by the U.S. affiliate of World Wide Flora and Fauna.

During this International and on-the-air celebration, radio hams worldwide can participate in either of two ways: They can be "activators" who operate their radio stations in geological and nature centers such as parks, forests, and nature habitats. Or they can be "hunters" who operate from their home stations, search out activators, and make over-the-air radio contacts.

Earth Science Week helps the public gain a better understanding and appreciation of Earth science and encourages stewardship of the planet, as does the amateur radio program World Wide Flora and Fauna. Learn more online.

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 2019 will begin with the 12th annual International EarthCache Day on Sunday, October 13. 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 13. Learn more.

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 2019 theme of "Geoscience Is for Everyone" 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.

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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