Celebrate Earth Science Week with your classroom from 13-19 October 2013! The 2013 theme is “Mapping Our World.” This national and international event invites the public to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences by encouraging stewardship of the Earth. To make participating in the event easy, fun, and educational for you and your students, start with the toolkit. Additional resources are available for educators to find activities to complement the following celebrations:
On 14 October 2013, Earth Science Week is celebrating Earth Science Literacy Day by providing Earth Science: The Big Ideas. This online series includes nine short videos based on the Earth Science Literacy Principles’ Big Ideas, plus an introductory video titled Why Earth Science? For the videos and ideas on how to use them in your classroom see “Big Ideas: Activities”.
On 15 October 2013, students, educators, and others are going outdoors to experience Earth science firsthand during NCLI Day. AGI’s NCLI Day Guide provides 17 activities and recommendations for partnerships, planning, media outreach, and classroom follow-up. In the Earth Science Week 2013 toolkit, you’ll find a yellow Field Notebook designed for NCLI Day. By recording their observations and conclusions here, young people can get a taste of the work performed by professional geoscientists.
On 16 October 2013, join the National Park Service and partners in celebrating the fourth annual National Fossil Day. Events are being held nationwide to promote awareness of paleontology and encourage people to explore fossils available through parks and other public lands. In addition, in your Earth Science Week 2013 toolkit, you’ll find materials provided by the National Park Service.
Women in the Geosciences Day
On 17 October 2013, young women are learning about exciting opportunities in Earth science during Women in the Geosciences Day. If you’re an educator, invite a female geoscientist to speak in your classroom. If you’re a female geoscientist, visit a school or volunteer at a science center. Organize a scout event, lead a 4H field trip, or hold a special “take your daughter to work day.” Additional information can be found from the Association for Women Geoscientists.
On 18 October 2013, the USGS, AASG, GSA, NPS, and Ersi are teaming up with AGI to promote awareness of the importance and many exciting uses of geologic maps. Begin your exploration with the Geologic Map Day poster in your Earth Science Week 2013 toolkit. Then check out Geologic Map Day resources.
Earth Science Week is sponsored by the American Geoscience institute and its Member Societies on behalf of the geoscience community. Follow the 2013 AGI Earth Science Week press releases.