Earth Science Week 2017 Collection

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In 2017, Earth Science Week was October 8th to 14th and had as its theme, "Earth and Human Activity." Every Day of Earth Science Week, sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), has a special focus. NESTA is highlighting a key resource or resource collection each day. On Saturday, October 14 we held an end-of-week, virtual, celebration that shared opportunities about how you can become more involved in NESTA. Find out more about Earth Science Week by reading an article from (Acrobat (PDF) 230kB Oct5 17) The Earth Scientist.

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Focus Days

Sunday, October 8: International Earthcache Day

Earth Cache Demonstration (Acrobat (PDF) 3.8MB Dec10 16)-Matthew Dawson, Program Officer, Education and Outreach at Geological Society of America (GSA) gave a presentation on EarthCaching at the 2016 Geophysical Information for Teachers Workshop (GIFT), sponsored by AGU and NESTA. During the presentation he discussed ways to search and develop an Earth Cache site as well as shared the GSA's EarchCaching Guide for Educators. If you were not able to attend, in addition to this presentation, you can view other resources from the workshop on the NESTA website.

Monday, October 9: Earth Science Literacy Day

The Earth Science Literacy Initiative (ESLI) , funded by the National Science Foundation, gathered and codified the underlying understandings of Earth sciences into a succinct document that establishes the "Big Ideas" and supporting concepts that all Americans should know about Earth sciences. AGI developed a video series to accompany the Big Ideas, explaining why Earth science literacy is important.

Tuesday, October 10: No Child Left Inside Day and Earth Observation Day

Project Wild is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Its mission is to help students learn how to think, not what to think, about wildlife and the environment. Project Wild activities get students outside, observing the environment. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Its mission is to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery. GLOBE has many resources to help students collect Earth science data.

Wednesday, October 11: National Fossil Day

Virtually visit the American Museum of Natural History Fossil Halls. Check out their curriculum resources.

Thursday, October 12: Geoscience for Everyone Day

Earth is calling......will you answer? Find out what geoscientists do and share the career opportunities that are available with your students.

Friday, October 13: Geologic Map Day

Visit this collection from the U.S. Geological Survey that contains geologic maps for every state in the U.S. Maps can be downloaded in KML format for inclusion in Google Earth and in shape file format for bringing into geographic information systems (GIS) software.

Saturday, October 14: International Archaeology Day

The Archaeological Institute of America provides a number of free lesson plans for teachers. Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures; improve social studies and science education; and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy. Apply to attend a Professional Development Leadership Academy in Bozeman, Montana, June 25 – June 29, 2018 .