Earth Science Week Update June 2019


American Geosciences Institute

Vol. 17, No. 6: June 2019



Order Your Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit Today

Place your advance order for an Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit now! 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.

The Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit will ship starting in August 2019. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

Earth Science Week Contests Detailed in New Webcast

How will you celebrate Earth Science Week 2019? Maybe you or your students will win prizes in the four contests described in the new webcast: “Contests of Earth Science Week 2019.”

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 four-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 Many Paths to Earth Science contest calls for brief videos exploring the different ways people join in the geoscience experience.

View the webcast online. In the coming months, look for additional webcasts on Earth Science Week 2019, which celebrates the theme of “Geoscience Is for Everyone.” Learn more about contests online.

Guidebook PDF Ensures ‘No Child Left Inside’

Wouldn't it be great to dedicate a day to "No Child Left Behind," a time for outdoor activities enabling young people to experience Earth science firsthand? To help you do just that, the NCLI Day Guide is now available in both online and PDF formats for easy printing, viewing on a smartphone, or using outdoors.

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, on the Earth Science Week website. Have a great NCLI Day!

Explore Geophysics During Earth Science Week 2019

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.

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 database. Earth Science Organizations' 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 2019 (October 13-19). Use Earth Science Organizations 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 at

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 Burlington, Vermont, September 14-17, 2019. To learn more, visit AIPG online.

Check Out These Great NASA Learning Resources

Explore the Earth Science Week theme of “Geoscience Is for Everyone” through a wealth of NASA education resources:

  • NASA’s EO Kids - Check out the latest issue, “From School to NASA Earth Scientist.” What do you want to be when you grow up? Find out what three NASA scientists wanted to be when they were young and discover what they do now. Then, be a scientist yourself. Learn how to use the GLOBE Observer app to collect your own scientific observations.
  • 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 on 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’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. 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 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.

Get Involved With Art for National Fossil Day

To celebrate the 10th annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week 2019, the National Park Service is hosting an art contest celebrating fossil resources and paleontological heritage. Focusing on the theme “Extinct Giants and Survivors of the Last Ice Age,” the contest is open to U.S. residents of any age.

Awards are given for entrants age 8 and under, 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.

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’s website is a great place to learn about paleontology, geology, and the Earth.

Earth Science Calendar Offers Engaging Activities

Looking for classroom activities that engage everyone? 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 “Geoscience Is for Everyone” in addition to other geoscience topics throughout the 2019-20 school year and beyond.

Learn how to use energy resources wisely, identify and study a landscape feature near you, and track your nature observations through GLOBE. Order your Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit, including the new Earth Science Activity Calendar. The new kit is available for advance orders now at Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit!


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