Earth Science Week
Earth Science Week 2003, with the theme "Eyes on
Planet Earth: Monitoring Our Changing World," will be celebrated
Oct. 12-18, and will have four national contests that are associated
with the theme.
In marking the sixth annual Earth Science Week, the
"Eyes on Planet Earth" theme focuses on the important work performed
every day by geoscientists throughout the world.
With the American Geological Institute acting as
international coordinator, activities -- such as essay and photography
contests -- are being planned by a number of AAPG societies as well
as state geological surveys.
Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia are also Earth
Science Week participants.
AGI is providing information kits and a packet for
event planners designed for those interested in planning their own
event or want to get involved with Earth Science Week on an organization
For Earth Science Week information see http://www.earthsciweek.org/.
talks about how all of us, as geoscientists and as AAPG members,
should be concerned about the future of our profession and industry.
Everyone agrees that the key to tomorrow lies with
the youth of today.
But who is doing something about it?
In some cases, a lot of people are -- and these reports
are intended to show how some members of the AAPG Youth Educational
Activities Committee are helping to prepare for the future by providing
educational outreach programs and activities.
It's also intended to inspire others to join the
Yes, even you.
One of the major goals of the YEA, after all, is
to aid members' efforts in volunteering in their own school systems
For example, we all have received that telephone
call asking us to come "talk about geology" to the third grade.
Mostly we can't remember on what level third graders think, where
our rock collection is, and whether we can even identify (much less
discuss) the rocks in that box!
Our goal is to provide a "cookbook" for the members
to use on those occasions. We hope to have sample study plans, such
as the one provided here by Autumn Rhodes
and Tom Repine, so that you will be able to go to the YEA
Web page, download materials for your third grade talk and then
is working closely with AGI on Earth Science Week (left), a great
way to get started. I urge each society to have an ESW committee.
In October we hope that each of you will go to at
least one school during Earth Science Week and just talk about geology.
Following are a few examples of how to get involved.
Due to funding cutbacks in most states, very little
earth science is being taught. Each of us remembers what inspired
us to become a geologist. Please take it upon yourself to go inspire
some other young mind to go into geology. Your efforts can only
help the oil and gas industry.
We welcome new members, and we would appreciate any
ideas that you or your society would be willing to share with AAPG
members. Just go to the AAPG home page, click on Education, and
then at the bottom of the page K-12.
Teacher of the Year Program Promotes Geology in Schools
Each year, the AAPG Foundation gives a $5,000 award
for Excellence in the Teaching of Natural Resources in the Earth
Sciences to the K-12 teacher chosen as AAPG's Earth Science Teacher
of the Year.
The award includes $2,500 to the teacher's school
for the winning teacher's use, and $2,500 for the teacher's personal
Amy John, an impressive eighth grade earth science
teacher at TseBitAi Middle School in Shiprock, N.M., was chosen
as the 2003 winner (February EXPLORER).
All affiliated societies are invited to conduct a
local contest and submit their winning entry to their appropriate
AAPG Section. The Section winners are submitted to Tulsa for the
For the 2004 award, to be presented at the annual
meeting in April in Dallas, a letter inviting participation has
been sent to all Section and Affiliated Society presidents. Societies
should submit their local winners to the appropriate Section, and
the Section winners should be submitted to headquarters by Nov.
information and entry forms can be obtained by contacting Rebecca
Griffin (918-560-2644 or ).