Earth Science Week Update October 2019

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 17, No. 10: October 2019


Register for Earth Science Webinar Today!

Join us for a webinar titled "Operationalizing the Earth Science Week Theme in K-12: Geoscience Is for Everyone!" The NGSS-ESS (Next Generation Science Standards-Earth System Science) Working Group is showcasing efforts around diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, with an emphasis on K-12 connections and resources.

The panel discussion will feature Chris Atchison, International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD), University of Cincinnati-Main Campus; Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Billy Williams, AGU, Vice President for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Register for the webinar by Tuesday, October 8. The webinar is free, but registration is required. The webinar will take place 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT, Thursday, October 10. This webinar, along with additional NGSS-ESS Working Group webinars, will be posted online.

Virtual Reality Reshaping Geoscience Education

How are educators across the country and around the world celebrating the Earth Science Week 2019 theme of "Geoscience Is for Everyone"? One important way is by exploring the educational potential of virtual reality technology, which allows students to learn about Earth science in many ways and from many locations.

Read "Fieldwork Among the Pixels" from AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, to find out how virtual and augmented reality are diversifying geoscience education. The article is featured on the new Nautilus EARTH Channel, which carries cutting-edge geoscience news and perspective pieces. AGI recently partnered with Nautilus, a respected science news magazine, to advance geoscience journalism.

And for an exciting example of this educational technology, check out the virtual field trip of Shenandoah National Park launched recently by the National Park Service in partnership with AGI. "Virtual Field Trip: Air Quality at Shenandoah National Park" incorporates interactive features allowing visitors to virtually explore the park, enjoying beautiful park vistas while learning about scientific contributions that the park makes to our understanding of air quality. Click on the "Standard" or "Accessible" version, allowing users with certain disabilities to have access to the same materials in a more accessible manner.

All Earth Science Teachers Need: Education GeoSource

What's new for science educators and students back at school this fall? Education GeoSource - the most comprehensive collection of Earth science educational resources available online - features a wealth of new offerings, courtesy of AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week.

The website provides Earth science educational activities, curricula, teacher professional development, education standards, virtual field trips, videos and animations, assessment materials, funding opportunities, award information, organization contacts, and additional resources.

Education GeoSource boasts user-friendly functionality and offers more than 3,500 resources. The website makes it easier than ever to find what you're seeking, for example, allowing users to search for activities by a given standard of the Next Generation Science Standards.

A major feature of AGI's Center for Geoscience & Society, the website's free geoscience education resources, curated from a variety of sources, are available with the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger. Join the up to 4,000 visitors a month who come to Education GeoSource to find useful resources.

Visit Education GeoSource today. Find the geoscience education resources you're seeking, review our collections, suggest additional resources, and help us strengthen the collection!

Water Footprint Calculator Estimates Water Usage

Are you a "water waster"? Earth Science Week 2019 is helping you estimate your water-usage habits with the GRACE Communications Foundation's Water Footprint Calculator. This tool illustrates how activities we do every day impact water use.

Do you drive to work? Do you prefer showers or baths, and how long do you take them for? Do you eat meat? So much of what we do, from shopping to dishwashing, uses water. The Water Footprint Calculator asks a series of questions about your day-to-day life, calculating the number of gallons used after each question. Watch a background water graphic rise (or fall) as you answer each question. The site also provides facts about water usage and tips to lower your footprint.

Whether you're a water waster or water warrior, The Water Footprint Calculator is a fun tool to learn more about sustainability. The Water Footprint Calculator is available on desktop computers, as well as mobile and tablets.

Watch Exciting Video on Earth Science Week

To kick off Earth Science Week 2019 in style, watch the promotional video produced by AGI to trumpet the importance of the Earth sciences and the celebration's role in promoting public awareness.

Why is Earth science a big deal? How does Earth Science Week help promote learning and teaching about the subject? And what can you do to get involved? Find out in this brief, exciting, eye-popping video - and discuss what you're learning together.

View the "Earth Science Week" video. To see additional AGI videos relating to Earth Science Week, check out our Videos page.

Earth Science Week 2019 Contest Extends Globally

Earth Science Week continues to offer eligibility for its annual photography and video contests to international audiences. Members of all AGI Member Societies and members of AGI's International Associate Societies are eligible to participate in the photography contest, while the Video contest is open to everyone. Though previously open only to residents of the United States, the contests have always been a major part of Earth Science Week, which this year is being celebrated October 13-19.

International members of AGI Member Societies and members of AGI International Associate Societies, as well as U.S. residents, are encouraged to enter this year's Earth Science Week photography contest, "Exploring Earth Science." The video contest, "Many Paths to Earth Science," is open to national and international audiences of any age. These individuals are invited to use a camera to show how people of various backgrounds and abilities participate in geoscience.

In addition, Earth Science Week offers contests in visual arts and essay writing. October 18, is the deadline to email and mail all submissions. AGI thanks the many hundreds of students, educators, and others who are entering this year's Earth Science Week contests. Winners will be announced in November. AGI will contact winners directly and recognize their success both on the Earth Science Week website and in this electronic newsletter.

Don't Delay: Order Your Earth Science Week Toolkit

Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkits are flying off the shelves! The kit contains everything you need to celebrate Earth Science Week (October 13-19) and explore Earth science education throughout the year.

The Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit focuses on the theme "Geosciences Is for Everyone," including:

  • 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
  • New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
  • Nautilus special mini-edition on author, geoscientist Hope Jahren
  • 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

Under a new price structure, copies of the toolkit are 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.

Open: EDMAP Announcement, Call for Proposals

Calling all geoscience faculty conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The U.S. Geological Survey's EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

The EDMAP Program is the educational component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP), which is the primary source of funds for the production of geologic maps in the United States, providing accurate geologic maps and three-dimensional framework models that help to sustain and improve the nation's quality of life and economic vitality and to mitigate natural hazards.

Earth science professors conducting research or teaching that focuses on geologic mapping are encouraged to propose one-year projects that request funding to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.  The emphasis of the EDMAP program is to educate students in the skills of geologic mapping in the field.  EDMAP is a matching-funds cooperative agreement program. Learn more about the EDMAP program.

The announcement will close on November 19, 2019.  To apply, search for opportunity number "G20AS00005" at

'No Child Left Inside' Day Comes to Your Area

On the Tuesday of Earth Science Week, October 15, you can make sure there's "No Child Left Inside" (NCLI). Dedicate a day to outdoor activities enabling young people to experience the geosciences firsthand - during Earth Science Week or any time throughout the year.
To help, the NCLI Day Guide is now available in PDF format for easy printing and outdoor use. This free guide provides everything you need to start planning your own NCLI Day event, including 17 outdoor learning activities recommended for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Plan your own NCLI Day event, where educators and young people can wade into ponds, climb hills, or search the skies to learn Earth science. Find the NCLI Day Guide, including the PDF version, at online. Have a great NCLI Day!

Explore 'Big Ideas' in Videos, Classroom Activities

AGI now offers award-winning videos and related classroom activities to help students, educators, and others explore the "big ideas" of Earth science during Earth Science Week 2019 (October 13-19) and all year long. Recently added are dozens of additional activities selected specifically to help educators teach about core concepts of Earth science.

Big Ideas videos are brief video clips that bring to life the big ideas of Earth science - the nine core concepts that everyone should know. The Earth Science Literacy Initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, has codified these underlying understandings of Earth science which form the basis of the Big Ideas videos.

View the Big Ideas videos on YouTube. The Earth Science Week website provides related resources. Educators can find more than 100 classroom activities online to help students build understanding of the "big ideas."

Act Now to Win Award for Earth Science Teaching

Earth Science Week 2019 (October 13-19) wouldn't be so successful without the efforts of amazing Earth science teachers. That's why AGI is announcing details for its upcoming award competition, the 2019 Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching.

Given annually, this award is presented to one teacher of grades K-8 in the United States or Key Stages 1-3 in the United Kingdom each year. The award recognizes leadership and innovation in Earth science education.

The winner of the Roy Award will receive a cash prize and an additional travel grant to attend the National Science Teaching Association Annual Conference in Boston in April 2020. To be eligible, applications must be submitted by January 22, 2020.

The Award is given in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. For more information on requirements, application procedures and deadlines, please visit the Roy Award website.

Geologic Map Day Boosts Mapping Education

You're invited to take part in the eighth annual Geologic Map Day by conducting learning activities along with teachers and students across the country on Friday, October 18, and throughout the year. New online is this year's geologic mapping activity, entitled "Clear as Black and White."

Check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in the Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit. The poster provides a geologic map, plus step-by-step instructions for the classroom activity, which emphasizes this year's theme, "Geoscience Is for Everyone."

Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, and NASA in partnership with AGI, this special event promotes awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page.

Thanks to Earth Science Week's Generous Sponsors

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Earth Science Week is able to promote awareness and appreciation of the geosciences among over 50 million people every year. AGI would like to express its appreciation to the many government agencies, nonprofit groups, and corporations that make the program possible.

Earth Science Week couldn't do its important work without the support of organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey; National Park Service; AAPG Foundation; NASA; ExxonMobil; American Geophysical Union; AmericaView; Association of American State Geologists; Energy Day (CEEF/CEA); Geological Society of America; Geothermal Resources Council; IF/THEN (Lyda Hill Philanthropies); Keystone Policy Center; Nautilus; Schlumberger; Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; Society of Exploration Geophysicists; and Water Footprint Calculator (Grace Communications Foundation). In addition, year after year, Earth Science Week Toolkits are purchased in bulk for distribution to educators by organizations such as NASA and Schnabel Engineering.

To learn how your organization can become an Earth Science Week Sponsor, visit online. To order Earth Science Week Toolkits for teachers in your area, go online.

Earth Science Week Closes With Day of Archaeology

Earth Science Week 2019 reaches its climax with International Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 19. The event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery!

Every October, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) - an Earth Science Week partner - and archaeological organizations across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere present archaeological programs and activities for people of all ages and interests. Whether it is a family-friendly archaeology fair, a guided tour of a local archaeological site, a simulated dig, a lecture or a classroom visit from an archaeologist, the interactive, hands-on International Archaeology Day programs provide the chance to indulge your inner "Indiana Jones."

Check out educational resources on the International Archaeology Day website. In addition, see the "Interconnected Ancient World" learning activity in this year's Earth Science activity Calendar, included in the Earth Science Week 2019 Toolkit.
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