Earth Science Week Update January 2023

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 21, No. 1: January 2023


Dig Into Earth Science Education With USGS

A wealth of information on virtually every Earth science topic, from geology to oceans and coasts, is available from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), a longtime Earth Science Week partner.

The USGS Educational Resources website includes lesson plans and other resources for K-12 students, educators, and others. Perfect for the Earth Science Week 2023 theme of " Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People," for example, resources target the latest information on issues including global change, natural hazards, water resources, geology, ecosystems, and more.

USGS has thousands of free images and over 69,000 searchable publications such as books, maps, and charts online. There's also the rich archives of the USGS Multimedia Gallery, including a podcast series on topics such as climate change, satellite monitoring, human health, and wildlife disease.

More Classroom Activities Now Searchable Online

You can search online and find a classroom activity tailor-made to match the Earth science topic you're teaching. Just visit the Earth Science Week Classroom Activities page for more than 200 free learning activities, most contributed by the leading geoscience agencies and groups that are Earth Science Week partners.

Activities are organized and searchable by various criteria, including specific Earth science topics. To find the perfect activity for your lesson, just click on "Search Classroom Activities." Search by grade levels and Next Generation Science Standards. Maybe most useful, you also can search among 24 categories of Earth science topics, such as energy, environment, plate tectonics, and weathering.

Recently updated with activities focusing on the Earth Science Week 2022 theme of "Earth Science for a Sustainable World," this database-driven resource is ideal not only for supplementing a prepared curriculum, but also for generating activities that address in-the-news geoscience events. See Earth Science Week's Classroom Activities.

ENGAGE: Use AGU's Eos in Your Classroom

Eos, the science news publication of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), now offers ENGAGE (Eos News: Geoscience and Global Events), a free, searchable resource designed for high school and undergraduate science teachers to improve science literacy and the use of science writing as a narrative nonfiction resource.

Here you'll find a selection of professionally reported articles, curated by Eos editors, suited for timely Earth and space science lessons. Explore articles by subject matter, language translation (Spanish and simplified Chinese), and location.

Explore our ENGAGE archive and see how other educators are using the resource. Sign up to be notified about how Eos is developing the resource.

'No Child Left Inside' Day Comes to Your Area

On the Tuesday of this year's Earth Science Week, October 10, you can make sure there's "No Child Left Inside" (NCLI). Dedicate a day to safe 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 now for 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, online. Have a great NCLI Day!

SSA Resources Call for Seismic Shift in Learning

Looking to shake up education? Start with the Seismological Society of America (SSA), the international scientific association devoted to advancing seismology and applications in imaging Earth's structure and understanding and mitigating earthquake hazards.

SSA, an AGI member society, offers a number of links to educational websites, including geoscience activities related to seismic science and earthquakes. Sponsored by Purdue University, the site features seismic eruption models, wave animations, plate tectonics simulations, information on tsunamis, and much more.

SSA also offers publications, information on seismology careers, a distinguished lecturer series, and an electronic encyclopedia of earthquakes. Learn more about SSA.

Check Out Earth Science Week on Twitter

Follow Earth Science Week on Twitter for geoscience news, resources, and opportunities! To sign up for instant updates from Earth Science Week, please log-in to your Twitter account and follow us on @earthsciweek.

If you don't have a Twitter account, you can sign up online. All you need is your name and email address to get started!

Discover Oceans and Underwater Life With ASLO

Would you and your students like to explore the Earth Science Week 2023 theme of "Geoscience Innovating for Earth and People" by diving into oceans and inland aquatic ecosystems? The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) can help you do just that.

ASLO offers a collection of free-access, peer-reviewed, up-to-date content that can supplement your limnology or oceanography course material. Numerous e-Lectures were written and reviewed by expert scientists. Online virtual issues pull articles from various ASLO journals under a common theme. And tools and resources cover science communication and policy.

The suitability of the content spans a range of backgrounds and may be used for upper-level high school to graduate courses in aquatic science topics. See ASLO Teaching Resources.

Congressional Fellowship: Apply by January 29

AGI is accepting applications for its William L. Fisher Congressional Geoscience Fellowship. The fellowship represents a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the legislative process on Capitol Hill.

The successful candidate will spend 12 months (starting September 1, 2023) in Washington, D.C., working as a staff member in the office of a member of Congress or congressional committee. The fellow makes practical contributions to the 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. A Ph.D. in geosciences is required by the time of appointment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or already eligible to work in the United States. To apply, interested candidates must submit required materials by January 29, 2023. For full details, see the program website. If you have questions, please contact AGI's Christopher Keane.

SPE's Energy4Me Powers 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.

Picture This: You in an Earth Science Career

Earth Science Week can help you explore career opportunities in the geosciences. If you became an Earth scientist, for example, what would you actually do? What funds are available to help pay for your studies? How could you get real-world work experience while still being a student?

For the answers to questions like these, look no further than "Geoscience Career, Scholarship, and Internship Resources." This Earth Science Week online resource can help you learn how to build a geoscience career in fields such as oceanography, paleontology, seismology, mineralogy, meteorology, geophysics, petroleum geology, environmental science, and space science.

The site includes dozens of links to online resources offered by AGI member societies, program partners, and other governmental, corporate, and nonprofit organizations in the geoscience community. To learn more, visit online.


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 online. To subscribe to this newsletter, visit online and submit your email address.