Earth Science Week Update
American Geological Institute
- NASA Scientists Answer Big Earth Science Questions
- ‘No Child Left Inside Day’ to Launch Earth Science Week
During Earth Science Week 2008 (October 12-18), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center will be online answering “The 5 Big Earth Science Questions.” Each day a two-minute video clip of scientists addressing these questions will be featured at http://www.nasa.gov/goddard, along with links to additional Earth science educational resources.
Following is the schedule:
- Monday, October 13 - Introduction and How is the global Earth system changing?
- Tuesday, October 14 - What are the primary forces of the Earth system?
- Wednesday, October 15 - How does the Earth system respond to natural and human-induced changes?
- Thursday, October 16 - What are the consequences of change in the Earth system for human civilization?
- Friday, October 17 - How will the Earth system change in the future?
NASA is a sponsor of Earth Science Week 2008, “No Child Left Inside.” For more information on Earth Science Week, visit http://www.earthsciweek.org.
Kicking off Earth Science Week, U.S. Geological Survey Director Mark Myers will head up No Child Left Inside Day at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, Virginia, on Tuesday, October 14. USGS and AGI scientists will promote Earth science education by leading students at nearby Beaver Pond in learning stations on water chemistry and biological diversity.
“No Child Left Inside,” the theme of Earth Science Week 2008 (Oct. 12-18), has become a rallying cry for a growing movement. Under this banner, agencies and nonprofits from the National Park Service to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently have promoted outdoor education. Inspired in part by Richard Louv’s bestseller, Last Child in the Woods, efforts address what the author calls “nature-deficit disorder” among America’s youth.
“Even as the economy worsened last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Child Left Inside Act (HR 3036) to fund improvements in environmental education - it’s that important,” says Geoff Camphire, AGI’s Earth Science Week Program Manager. “Earth science is in the news every day, from natural disasters to climate change and the energy crisis.”
While No Child Left Inside Day at Hughes Middle School is not open to the public, news media are invited. For more information, see press releases issued by AGI (http://www.agiweb.org/news/NCLIDay08.pdf) , Fairfax County Public Schools (http://commweb.fcps.edu/newsreleases/newsrelease.cfm?newsid=973) , and USGS (http://www.usgs.gov/earthscience/2008/activities) .