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.