2015 Geophysical Information For Teachers Workshop

In 2015, the Geophysical Information For Teachers (GIFT) workshop featured presentations on a variety of topics ranging from marine debris research to mineral resources to NASA’s Kepler Mission to the science of fracking and beyond. GIFT is designed to give educators the knowledge and materials they need to bring exciting, current science into their classrooms. Hands-on activities accompany the six presentations below. AGU collaborates with the National Earth Science Teachers’ Association (NESTA) to run GIFT workshops at Fall Meeting.

View the 2015 GIFT Workshop Agenda

View the 2015 GIFT Workshop Materials

2015 AGU Fall Meeting. GIFT Workshop

GIFT 2015 Presentations

Title: From ship to shore: Communications from the front lines of marine debris research
Presenters: Mary Engels (University of Idaho) and Laura Nelson (Sea Education Association)

Title: Conserving Our Nonrenewable Resources: Developing a Theme-Based, NGSS-Aligned Integrated Science Unit Using the Mi-STAR Method
Presenter: Emily Gochis (Michigan Technological University), Stephanie Tubman (MTU), Luke Bowman (MTU), Steve Mattox (Grand Valley State University), Doug Oppliger (MTU), and Robert Handler (MTU)

Title: Tracking Change Over Time: Earth Imagery in the Classroom
Presenters: Thomas Adamson (SGT Inc, Contractor to USGS EROS), and Naga Manohar Velpuri (ASRC InuTeq LLC., Contractor to USGS EROS)

Title: Searching for Earth’s Twin: NASA’s Kepler Mission–1,000 Exoplanets and Counting
Edna DeVore (SETI Institute) and Alan Gould (Lawrence Hall of Science)

Title: Teaching Mineral Resources with an Emphasis on the NGSS Practices and Crosscutting Concepts
Presenter: Aida Awad (Maine East High School, IL), Susan Sullivan (University of Colorado), Edward Robeck (American Geosciences Institute), and Alex Speer (Mineralogical Society of America)

Title: The Science of Fracking
Presenters: Gregory Lackey (University of Colorado Boulder), Lisa Gardiner (UCAR Center for Science Education), and Daniel Birdsell (University of Colorado Boulder)