Unveiled at its Annual Open House in January, the Rutgers Geology Museum’s newest exhibit shows visitors how tiny space rocks, or meteorites, tell the big story of the formation of the stars and planets.
Through the guidance of Rutgers University’s own resident meteorite expert, Dr. Juliane Gross of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, this three-part exhibit details the formation history of our Solar System, describes the origin and differences between the types of meteorites, and describes the formation of layered planets, like our own.
Read more: https://geologymuseum.rutgers.edu/about-us-geology-museum/mastodon-musings/240-new-exhibit-on-meteorites-and-planetary-science
Have the Rutgers Geology Museum present at your library, summer camp, or community function! Rutgers geologists and Museum staff will visit your organization and present an activity aligned with the "Universe of Stories" theme of the New Jersey Summer Reading Program.
Check out the attached flyer and our website for more details and to register!
NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) in Madison Wisconsin is pleased to announce a virtual science fair for students from grades 6-14 applying GOES-16 or GOES-17 data to investigate weather scenarios and natural hazards.
Read the following blog posted to the American Meteorological Society Front Page for more information.
Or, go directly to the science fair site for details.
Accepting entries between March 1st and May 3rd, 2019
The Education Development Center is currently recruiting high school earth science teachers for a study called Zoom In: Learning Science with Data. We are look for teachers to pilot one of 3 new data-rich NGSS-aligned lessons over 3-4 class sessions this winter or spring: Climate Change: How is Climate Really Changing?; Plate Tectonics: Where Will the Next Big Earthquake Hit?; and Exoplanets: Where Will We Find the Next Earth?
Each lesson is a teacher-guided blended-learning experience that helps students develop skills in data literacy and evidence-based writing, in addition to core disciplinary concepts. Lessons were created by a team of scientists, educators and data specialists under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Teachers will receive $200 per lesson as a thank you, in whatever way their school district allows.
If interested, you can email Jamie Kynn at email@example.com.
Travel to Mars, discover mysterious small worlds in space and decipher the science of astrobiology – learn and explore together with Infiniscope, NASA and Kahoot!
A Mapping Contest Open to all New Jersey Middle School and High School Students!
ESRI is pleased to announce a contest to create New Jersey-themed online maps, using Esri’s freely available ArcGIS Online platform. Teachers: Encourage your students to learn some online mapping skills and create a story map using New Jersey content. The contest is part of a national mapping competition sponsored by ESRI, the maker of ArcGIS. Students working alone or in pairs submit their maps to their schools, who in turn submit up to 5 of their best maps to be judged at the state level. New Jersey may award up to ten Amazon gift cards of $100 each for the top high school and middle school maps ($100 per team, max of 5 high school and 5 middle school). The top high school and middle school StoryMaps will be submitted for judging at the national level. From among all the winners across the nation, ESRI will award to one high school and one middle school team travel grants to attend in San Diego July 6-9, 2019.
Important Dates: School must pre-register by March 22 and submit maps by May 1
For more information about the contest, visit NJ StoryMap Contest (https://arcg.is/mO8Ou)
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Webinar! - New to ArcGIS Online and Story Maps? Join us for a free webinar “Introduction to Making a StoryMap” on Tuesday, February 26th at 3:30PM. To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/tHxlpfvaNQd0r9Zm
American Geosciences Institute is recruiting teachers for the 11th American Geosciences Institute (AGI)/ExxonMobil Exploration Teacher Leadership Academies, which will be held July 7-12. 2019. Each year teachers meet in Houston for week-long academies at which they learn Earth science content, explore hands-on STEM activities, and gain real-world science experiences. This academy prepares teachers with geoscience teaching techniques, resources, and tools that they can share with their colleagues and students.
Funding from ExxonMobil and AGI covers academy-related costs for the teachers, including travel within the U.S. to Houston, meals, lodging, and educational materials. Participants have opportunities to interact with their peers from other locations, gain skills and knowledge for teaching Earth and space science, and develop plans for presenting effective teacher workshops.
We welcome applicants from all states and school systems serving U.S. students, including those that are part of the DoDEA network and U.S. territories. Teachers are encouraged to come as a team of two to four, from one grade level or several across the K-8 range, so that they can continue to support each other when they return to their local setting. Academy participants will be expected to lead one or more post-academy experience, which can be a workshop, conference presentation, or other professional learning events. We ask that all academy participants share what they learned, help spread geoscience awareness, and apply what they learned to their own students.
We encourage science supervisors, principals, science coaches, and other administrators to nominate teachers for the academy. We recommend that you nominate teachers before April because that is when the application review process starts. Nominated teachers will then receive more information about how to apply. The application process is competitive and we anticipate having space for up to 30 teachers, and we will continue to accept applications until the academy is full. Attached you will find a flyer that can be passed on to appropriate school contacts.
Questions should be directed to:
Ed Robeck, PhD
Director of Education and Outreach
American Geosciences Institute
Shore Bowl is one of the 25 regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). The NOSB aims to encourage the next generation of ocean scientists, educators, policy-makers and stewards. High school teams from NJ and PA will battle it out in a fun quiz-style competition focused on ocean science and other ocean-related topics. The winning team will represent our region at the NOSB finals.
Shore Bowl 2019 cannot run without your help! Volunteers are needed to perform a range of essential roles, such as moderator, timekeeper, scorekeeper and judge. No prior knowledge is needed!
Several training sessions take place mid-January 2019; all volunteers will be required to attend at least one. Learn more at https://shorebowl.marine.rutgers.edu/
To register as a volunteer, please click this link
Mark Francek from Central Michigan University regularly shares interesting science sites, especially earth science sites. He has put together a "best of" list.
You can download the Word document now.
Contact Mark directly in you want to be added to his distribution list.
With NGSS requiring Earth & Space Science in high school, some schools are choosing to integrate the NGSS Performance Expectations and DCIs into their existing biology, chemistry, and physics courses. It turns out there are lots of connections to be made between Earth science and chemistry - after all, chemistry is the study of matter, and all of the matter we use comes from the Earth systems. So this begins with the recognition that the Earth is a big sphere of chemicals - how did those elements and compounds form and how did they come together to make the Earth? Then we find that silicate minerals & the rocks made of them constitute 90% of the crust of the Earth, and so are very relevant to the study of chemistry, even though they are currently omitted from introductory chemistry courses.. When we include plate tectonics and weathering in chemistry, we see that the Earth is an active chemical refinery - even making life-and-death differences since chemical composition variations in magma largely determine whether a volcano is explosive or not! This webinar will work on connecting these Earth science facts and processes to topics already in high school chemistry courses, thus opening up literally a whole world of interesting chemistry while also meeting NGSS requirements.
It is worthwhile to note that NGSS asks for both new content and new approaches to teaching and learning. This will result in curricula that contain material that has not been in Earth science courses, nor in physics, chemistry, or biology courses in the past. This necessitates new outlooks for all science educators, making lots of new connections. It will require knowledgeable people from all science disciplines working together to creatively build the Next Generation of science courses that now will include the Earth and Space Sciences.
May 17, 2018 - 4:00 PM Eastern
Register by May 15
Presenter: Martin Schmidt, McDonogh School, MD
Institute of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Join us in New Brunswick for some very special events and a cool new exhibit.
In Search of Earth’s Secrets aims to increase awareness and excitement about ocean/earth science and careers through activities, exhibits and a 40-foot inflatable ship. This program, which is funded by NSF, is the result of a partnership between the International Ocean Discovery Program, Rutgers University, the New Brunswick Free Public Library, the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern NJ, and 4-H.
There will be series of events held between April 25th and May 21st. Pick up an "In Search of Earth's Secrets" Passport and collect all 8 stamps to win a prize!
Information on these events and the exhibit can be found at
https://tinyurl.com/ydgxoaco or on the flyer below.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is a nationally recognized award winning authentic inquiry-based learning and student-centered education project. Students learn how science works by engaging in science research using data from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Students understand how science really works by actually being a scientist.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is an immersive and transformational way for students in grades 5 through early college to engage in scientific process and practices through authentic research experiences. MSIP enhances the teaching of traditional courses, such as physical science, Earth science, chemistry, and biology. MSIP also incorporates 21st Century Skills to help students be ready for the STEM workforce.
MSIP can be done through distance learning or as an independent research project. There is no fee to participate in the Mars Student Imaging Project.
This year's CCEW theme is "Dive into Marine Chemistry!" Engage K-12 students in marine chemistry by covering theme-related articles and activities in class and by participating in your local illustrated poem contest.
Bring ONE STRANGE ROCK to your School for Free this Spring:
From award-winning filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, National Geographic’s new docu-series ONE STRANGE ROCK is a mind-bending, thrilling journey that explored the fragility and wonder of planet Earth–one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. This earth science series is narrated by actor Will Smith and features perspectives from 10 astronauts on the wonders of Earth as seen from space.
National Geographic is making the first episode available for free preview screenings in high schools, colleges, and after-school programs nationwide before the international broadcast premiere on March 26th, 2018.
Sign up here to request a free preview screening of ONE STRANGE ROCK!
Participating schools will receive a confirmation email and we’ll send you a DVD two weeks before your screening.
Learn more about the series on our website and please let us know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues as well.
Earth Day and Environmental Education Week are just around the corner...
NJDEP would like to showcase your efforts!
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered the Earth Day - New Jersey website for more than 17 years. Each year, the website attracts more than 40,000 visitors in April through May. The Earth Day - New Jersey website features an events calendar, school programs listing, history of Earth Day and Environmental Education Week, and suggestions for what families, schools and individuals can do to help protect the environment and participate in green, sustainable activities.
In celebration of "Environmental Education Week" (April 22 - April 28), the website will showcase your school programs along with descriptions of the lessons and projects that students are doing statewide to celebrate the week. Submit information about your environmental education activities to be conducted in April - early May,
In addition, New Jersey is home to numerous Earth Day events, green fairs, clean-ups, trail work, tree plantings and other public environmental celebrations that are held in April and May. Most of these celebrations occur on the weekends. Last year, the Earth Day - New Jersey website featured over 105 public events. Submit details about your own public event.
The Earth Day - New Jersey website is promoted to and used by media, schools, volunteers, scouts, youth groups, companies, municipal leaders, families and other individuals. DEP also uses the information posted on the website to determine the participation of its own speakers, displays and the distribution of its public education information.
Residents are encouraged to visit the website to locate events and programs near them.
Webmaster's Note: The website's Earth ovals on both sides of the photo collage are active links.
Special Alert from the American Geosciences Institute
Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The toolkit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 8-14, 2017), which celebrates the theme "Earth and Human Activity."
To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit includes:
Earth Science Week is an annual event that has been led by AGI along with its sponsors and the greater geoscience community since 1998. To mark the occasion of the 20th annual Earth Science Week, AGI and key program partners are offering many new materials, tools, and other resources for participants. The Earth Science Week 2017 Toolkit will ship starting in August 2017.
Under a new price structure, copies of the toolkit are free and available for the cost of shipping and handling ($8.50 for the first kit, $2.25 for each additional kit in the United States). For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit Earth Science Week online or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.
The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit online.