Friday, October 2, 2009

Looking for something to do for Earth Science Week?

Even if you can't give your time to sponsor an event for Earth Science Week this year, you can help people realize the importance of Earth science by giving a little bit of your money. (For instance, I'm swamped with coursework and research and totally unlikely to pull together any event bigger than a Facebook post, but at least this way I can help someone else with an Earth science project!)

Every year, ScienceBlogs sponsors a donation drive with DonorsChoose.org to help bring science to classrooms in financially struggling US schools. This year, Kim Hannula of All of My Faults Are Stress Related, Anne Jefferson of Highly Allocthonous, and Erik Klemetti of Eruptions have put together a geoscience-related donations page where you can sponsor a school project for students around the country to learn about the Earth. There are a number of different projects to choose from, ranging from soil science to weather to hydrology to seismology. (In particular, there's a group in Washington that needs to raise money for soil testing kits to go with a guest speaker's presentation, and they only have ten days left!)

This is a great way to make sure that Earth science outreach and learning happen in schools that are struggling to make ends meet. I'm definitely going to donate what I can, and I hope that all of you will think about doing the same!

3 comments:

Kim said...

Thanks for helping to spread the word, Jess!

Silver Fox said...

A great idea, especially since I won't be involved in any outreach field trips this year.

Jeff said...

This Earth Science Week's focus is on understanding climate. We are now 2 months out from the all important UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. It is a likely last opportunity for the world to come together on global warming in advance of the Kyoto Protocol expiration.

My Center is using Earth Science Week to kick off 2 months of climate education. Featured at Blog on the Universe are posts on Earth's environment and climate change that are great for the general public, and can also be used as lessons in the classroom.

Read them with a cup of coffee.

See: http://twttr.me/06O

Jeff Goldstein, Center Director
National Center for Earth and Space Science Education