Earth Science Week Update January 2019

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 17, No. 1: January 2019


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 2019 theme of “Geoscience Is For Everyone,” for example, the “Citizen Science” site allows everyone, regardless of location participate and contribute to current scientific research. Some opportunities include “Did You Feel It?” about earthquakes and “Social.Water” about hydrology.

USGS has thousands of free 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." There’s also the rich archives of the USGS podcast series, CoreCast, featuring stories and insights on climate change, satellite monitoring, human health, wildlife disease, and more.

AMS Teacher Workshops This Summer

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is offering two teacher professional development workshops this summer: Project Atmosphere and The Maury Project.
Project Atmosphere (28 July - 3 August 2019, application deadline 1 April 2019) is a hybrid teacher professional development course with a one-week summer residence experience and online components. This project is specifically designed for K-12, precollege, teachers who teach science courses with atmospheric content. The course introduces them to the latest technologies for sensing, analyzing, and forecasting weather, and classroom applications. Workshops take place annually each summer at the NOAA National Weather Service Training Center in Kansas City, MO. Participants receive a $300 stipend, lodging, meals, travel funds, and instructional materials, and must be prepared to pay the Cal U academic support fee (currently $150; see website for details). Three tuition-free graduate credits are earned following successful completion of course requirements including required peer-training sessions.

The Maury Project (14-26 July 2019, application deadline 1 April 2019) is a teacher professional development course with a two-week summer residence workshop in Annapolis, MD, focused on the fundamentals of oceanography. This course focuses on improving teacher effectiveness in generating interest and understanding in science, technology, and mathematics among precollege students. The project is named after Matthew Fontaine Maury, considered by many as the father of oceanography. Workshops take place each summer and include lectures, hands on activities, and valuable field experience. Participants receive a $600 stipend, lodging, meals, travel funds, and instructional materials, and must be prepared to pay the Cal U academic support fee (currently $150; see website for details). Three tuition-free graduate credits are earned following successful completion of the summer course requirements including required peer-training sessions.

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 Education GeoSource, part 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 Education GeoSource, 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 Education GeoSource right now!

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 information focusing on the Earth Science Week 2018 theme of “Geoscience Is For Everyone.” The agency, a major Earth Science Week partner, provides resources specially designed to show that people from all walks of life have a place in science:

  •  D&I Leadership Video Series: NASA provides a video series on different Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) topics in STEM, especially in education. Videos showcase members from various NASA grantee institutions speaking on ideas and best practices for developing the next generation of STEM graduates in relation to historically underrepresented groups. Find out more about NASA’s DEI Leadership series and the importance of representation in educational settings here.
  • For Educators: NASA features hundreds of resources to help you explore the wonders of STEM and space! Activities, contests, and downloadable materials are at your fingertips. Users can also search by grade level (K-12 and higher education), as well as informal education resources and other opportunities like contests and challenges. Visit the For Educators portal here:

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 citizen science figures into the Earth Science Week 2018 theme of “Geoscience Is For Everyone.” See videos online at and .

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 it out at 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 with its look at how the environment and geosciences intersect on various societal issues, to critical reference books like the Glossary of Geology and the Geoscience Handbook, AGI Publications 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, bi-monthly, of the latest research and discoveries. School libraries are also eligible for a free digital download.
  • 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 indispensable 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 peek 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 online at to learn more.

Apply by February 1 for Congressional Fellowship

Not much time left! AGI is accepting applications for the 2019-2020 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, 2019. Learn more at

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit .

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