Earth Science Week Update April 2020

American Geosciences Institute 
Vol. 18, No. 4: April 2020  


AGI Offers Free and Reduced-Price Resources for Geoscience

To assist geoscience professionals, educators, and students at a time when many are working remotely or in new ways, AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, has announced several electronic resources currently available for free or at reduced prices, including AGI's Education GeoSource, Glossary of Geology, Geoscience Handbook, professional development modules, and more.
For educators and students in grades K-12, AGI offers access to free resources such as through its Education GeoSource database, which provides visitors with a way to find the widest possible collection of Earth science-related classroom activities, teacher professional development opportunities, science education standards documents, virtual field trips, teaching ancillaries, and much more. Find Education GeoSource online. The Earth Science Week website offers hundreds of learning activities, videos, contests, and other educational opportunities organized around this annual international public outreach campaign. Visit Earth Science Week online.

AGI alerted university faculty to the availability of dozens of modules in the free-to-take Geoscience Online Learning Initiative (GOLI) platform, which is a joint effort of AGI, the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology, and the National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG). GOLI courses range from 1 to 10 hours in length, addressing geoscience topics and skills from geoscience writing to geoethics to advanced environmental geochemistry. Visit GOLI or learn more online.
To support geoscience faculty who are moving to an online teaching format, AGI's publishing partner, Pearson, will be providing free e-text of the AGI/NAGT Lab Manual in Physical Geology to all adopters of that manual. Contact your campus Pearson representative to arrange access.
AGI is providing free individual access to its Glossary of Geology Online Service through June 30, 2020. The online service provides access to more than 39,000 glossary entries contained in the Fifth Edition of the print Glossary. Many entries contain a syllabification guide and background information. To get the free Glossary of Geology Online, go to online and set up your password/login.
Also, through June 30, 2020, AGI has reduced the price of the digital edition of AGI's bestselling The Geoscience Handbook by more than 50 percent to $19.60. The digital edition comes in a PDF that is readable on electronic devices (Android, iPhone, tablet, laptop, desktop). With over 470 pages of crisp, clear graphics, this quick reference tool offers key metrics and concepts, a guide to cornerstone papers and recent developments, and short tutorials on specialized topics. The discount, available for individual purchasers only, is available online. Learn more details here.
If you or your colleagues cannot use the online service, AGI is offering a bundle of print editions of the Glossary of Geology and Geoscience Handbook for $80.00. To learn more, visit online.

Earth Science Week 2020 Contests Spur Education

Recognizing the need to provide educational activities that young people and others can pursue at home during this challenging time, American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is opening submissions for its Earth Science Week contests earlier than usual this year.

AGI is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Earth Materials in Our Lives," for this year's Earth Science Week (October 11-17, 2020). This year's competitions will feature the traditional video, photography, visual arts, and essay contests:

  • Teams and individuals of any age are invited to submit brief videos that show viewers their perspective on "Earth Materials Around the World."
  • The photo contest, also open to all ages, asks participants to shine a spotlight on "Earth Materials in My Community."
  • Open to students in grades K-5, the visual arts contest encourages children to depict "Earth Materials and Me."
  • Finally, students in grades 6-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest, "How We Process Earth Materials."

For all contests, entries may be submitted any time from now to the Friday of Earth Science Week, October 16, 2020. These contests allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and compete for prizes. The first-place prize for each contest is $300 and an AGI publication. To learn more about these contests, including how to enter, visit Earth Science Week Contests.

GLOBE Observer: Link to Soil, Air, Oceans, More

Want to get involved in citizen science? Through the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, you can take part in GLOBE Observer, an international network of professional scientists and citizen scientists collaborating to promote education about environment and climate. 
On the GLOBE Observer website, you'll find teaching activities and resources on soil, air, oceans, weather, and other topics. For example, Mosquito Habitat Mapper provides materials on mosquito prevention and control, such as a guide to retrieving precipitation data, an educational activity, and lists of resources to learn more about properly identifying and eliminating potential mosquito breeding sites. 
GLOBE Observer invites you to make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations to help scientists studying Earth and the global environment. By using the GLOBE Observer app, you are joining the GLOBE community and contributing important scientific data to NASA and GLOBE, your local community, and students and scientists worldwide. 
To begin, all you need to do is download the GLOBE Observer app and use it to observe the environment wherever you are. Visit online for more information. 

Celebration Highlights Report Now Online 

Last year's Earth Science Week celebration was unprecedented success. The program's visibility soared with spectacular efforts including a free webinar titled "Operationalizing the Earth Science Week Theme in K-12: Geoscience Is for Everyone," the new Geoscience Women in STEM website, and Earth Science Week's National Fossil Day "Paleontology Play Space" event at Grand Canyon National Park.

Educators, students, geoscientists, and citizens in all 50 states and more than 26 countries held events, visited classrooms, explored outdoor sites, and took part in activities. Receiving over 489,000 page views, the program website was accessed by users in 220 nations, territories, and regions worldwide in 2019, according to Google Analytics. 

Please see the Earth Science Week 2019 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 2019 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 October 2020 GSA Annual Meeting. To stay up to date, check out the GeoTeachers Blog

AGI Adds New 'Career Compass' Infographics

AGI, the organizer of Earth Science Week, is pleased to announce the online publication of three new geoscience "Career Compass" infographics: Mining Engineer, Geological Engineer, and Outreach Coordinator.

Each Career Compass infographic provides an easy-to-read, one-page overview of tips, suggestions, and strategies for how students can obtain critical skills, experiences, and competencies needed to launch their geoscience career. This growing collection is designed to help students, faculty, parents, and career counselors identify developmental pathways and milestones towards a range of careers based on geoscience discipline or occupation.
These new Career Compasses add to a total list of 19 free infographics that cover geoscience careers including Atmospheric Science, Data Science, Elementary School Teaching, Engineering Technician, Environmental Geologist, Geographic Information Science, Geological Engineer, Geophysics, Geoscience Faculty, Geoscience Policy, Hydrology, Hydrology Technician, Ocean Science, Planetary Science, Science Communications, Science Writing, and Secondary School Teaching.

AGI along with partner organizations and employers are committed to creating defined pathways for success in various industries and sectors. Each Career Compass is constructed using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, interviews with personnel in the occupation, content experts, employers, and research on available student opportunities. See the available Career Compasses today.

NRCS Offers Resources for Soil Education

The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) operates an Education Resources page featuring 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.

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 16th annual EE Week (April 20-24, 2020) 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.


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