WSGS Offering Complimentary Earth Science Week Toolkits to Junior High Science Teachers
The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) will once again mail complimentary toolkits to science classes across Wyoming in honor of Earth Science Week Oct. 9-15. The toolkits are created by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and are available to junior high school teachers on a first come, first serve basis.
The AGI has organized Earth Science Week in October since 1998, and in 2012, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead proclaimed the second week in October as Wyoming Earth Science Week. The WSGS every year facilitates the celebration in Wyoming by offering several resources to science teachers to be used in the classroom.
The AGI announced this year’s Earth Science Week theme as “Our Shared Geoheritage.” According to the AGI, geoheritage is defined as locations that are valued for scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and recreational purposes. Additionally, each day of the week-long celebration has its own theme such as National Fossil Day and Geologic Map Day.
Each toolkit contains a 12-month school-year activity hanging calendar; DVDs on ecology, Earth observation and energy; ruler on Earth’s shape, gravity and rotation; mining, exploration and reclamation resources; material on energy science; “Exploring Earth and Space” coloring book; geologic timescale bookmark; dinosaur worksheet; flyer on “Topography and Our National Heritage”; climate worksheet; four posters with learning activities, including geologic mapping, and geologic and air resources; and brochures, factsheets and postcards.
To request a toolkit, contact Christina George at email@example.com or (307) 766-2286 ext. 231. Information about Earth Science Week, including links to activities and learning resources, can be found on the WSGS website.