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December 16, 2011


Earth Science Teaching Prize Eligibility Expanded
More teachers than ever are now eligible to win the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. The deadline for entries is rapidly approaching!

This award recognizes one full-time teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade, or the U.K. equivalent, for leadership and innovation in Earth science education. The winner will receive a $2,500 prize and a travel grant of $1,000 to attend the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Conference in March 2011 to accept the award. To enter the 2012 competition, applications must be postmarked by January 10, 2012.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., a past president of AGI, who was a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. To learn more, teachers should visit “Awards”.

NGWA Offers Sprinkling of Ground Water Education

Besides advancing the expertise of ground water professionals, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), an Earth Science Week partner, is dedicated to furthering ground water awareness and protection. NGWA offers short courses on ground water, several conferences each year, an annual ground water expo, and ground water webinars.

Check out “Ground Water Adventures,” a web site providing activities for young people in grade bands K-3, 4-8, and 9-12. Find fun facts about ground water, quizzes, and other information. Also featured are classroom experiments, an online ground water newsletter, pictures, and stories. For more information, visit “Ground Water Adventures” .

Explore ‘Evolving Worlds’ Like Earth With NASA

NASA’s December topic for the Year of the Solar System is “Evolving Worlds.” The topic closely relates to the theme of Earth Science Week 2011, “Our Ever-Changing Earth.”

Like people, planets grow old. Over billions of years, they change. Planets can lose their atmospheres and oceans. They often gather craters. Planets cool and shrink, becoming denser as they move into their senior years.

To find events and information related to this month’s topic, as well as a wealth of classroom activities and other educational resources, visit “NASA”

AEG Promotes Environmental And Engineering Geology

The Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), an AGI member society, not only provides leadership, advocacy, and applied research in environmental and engineering geology – the association also encourages educators to join and make use of its abundant resources.

Resources for members include technical publications, section and chapter meetings, and special educator sessions at the annual meeting. Opportunities for professional geologists to speak to classes are also available to members, as well as resume writing workshops and scholarships for students.

AEG also links to AGI’s K-5 GeoSource online at . K-5 GeoSource is an online professional development tool for elementary-level teachers who offer instruction on Earth science topics such as weather, fossils, rocks, soil, and water. To find out more about what AEG has to offer or become a member, visit “AGI K-5”

Smithsonian Education Digs Into Earth’s Soil

Smithsonian Education offers a fascinating exploration of Earth’s soil with its “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil” exhibition. For information, videos, expert instruction, and activity sheets, visit “Dig It!”.

For example, a “Root Words” word-search sheet combines science and language arts with insights into the origins of related scientific terms. Download a PDF at “Smithsonian”.

NSF Offers Online Climate Change Resources

Earth science teachers and students often examine the connections between two related topics: energy and climate. For those wishing to take a closer look at climate change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a useful web site.

“Our planet’s climate affects – and is affected by – the sky, land, ice, sea, life, and people found on it. To understand the entire story of climate change,” according to the site, “we must study all of the natural and human systems that contribute to and interact with Earth’s climate system.”

Go to “NSF” to find an NSF report summarizing the current state of knowledge about climate change. The succinct format is enhanced with slideshows and videos.

Examine Critical Minerals In AGI’s New EarthNote
What would you do without your cell phone, computer, or car? These technological marvels require dozens of elements, which come from a finite supply of minerals. In a new EarthNote, AGI looks at what makes a mineral “critical” and how a sudden loss of resources could impact the economy.

Critical minerals are defined by their dollar value, availability of substitutes, and increasing demand. Green technologies such as wind turbines and electric cars, communications technologies such as computers and cell phones, and cutting-edge military systems all depend on critical minerals. Learn more in the new EarthNote “Critical Minerals”

SSA Resources Produce Seismic Shift in Learning

Want 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 web sites, including geoscience activities related to seismic science and earthquakes. Sponsored by Purdue University, the site “Purdue” 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.

Is Earth Science Education At Risk in Your State?

Many public schools have dropped Earth science from the required curriculum in recent years. Some colleges have closed geoscience departments. Employers have said they need more qualified candidates for geoscience jobs. Does your public education system ensure that all students learn important Earth science content?

AGI allows you to track the status of Earth science education nationwide. The “Pulse of Earth Science” web site, launched in connection with Earth Science Week, offers detailed, up-to-date information on geoscience education in every state, as well as guidance for advocates. View online at “Pulse of Earth Science”

NOAA Teaches Teachers About Oceans, Atmosphere

The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) promotes education about oceanic and atmospheric science – and not only during Earth Science Week. NOAA offers resources and opportunities for students and teachers all year long.

“NOAA’s” education site provides lesson plans, interactive activities, educational games, videos, images, scholarships, career opportunities, and detailed information on weather, climate change, oceans, and satellites. Also, look for information on NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, which allows a K-16 teacher to serve aboard a NOAA ship as a researcher. In addition to online offerings, NOAA’s Office of Education conducts teacher development workshops throughout the year to help improve oceanic and atmospheric literacy among science teachers.