2005 Salt Lake City Annual Meeting (October 16–19, 2005)

Paper No. 1
Presentation Time: 8:05 AM


MARTINEZ, Cynthia M.1, BENBOW, Ann E.2 and MARTIN, Andrea S.1, (1)Outreach and Development Department, American Geological Institute, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22305, (2)Education, Outreach and Development Department, American Geosciences Institute, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302, cmm@agiweb.org

For the past eight years, the American Geological Institute (AGI) has sponsored Earth Science Week, a major outreach initiative for the entire geoscience community. Earth Science Week was developed to give students and the public new opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and stewardship of the Earth, as well as to highlight the important contributions Earth and environmental sciences make to society. During the week, local and national geoscience organizations, classrooms, museums, and interested individuals organize events that raise public awareness of and involvement in the Earth sciences. AGI provides printed materials and online resources that support the grassroots efforts of local organizers, and coordinates national events, contests, and publicity.

Earth Science Week has become a major international event, with participation in all 50 states and in countries around the world. In 2004, AGI distributed almost 15,000 information kits to educators and scientists, and publicity for the week ran in printed news media that reached a readership of more than 1.6 million. Earth Science Week has received presidential recognition for the past 3 years and was proclaimed by state governors in 23 states in 2004.

The theme of Earth Science Week for 2005 is “Geoscientists Explore the Earth”, focusing on Geoscience Careers. The week-long event will take place from October 9-15. AGI will distribute 16,000 information kits this year, containing resources and classroom activities from AGI, US Geological Survey, the National Parks, NOAA, NASA, EarthScope, the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), and many other geoscience groups.

To learn more about this event, visit www.earthsciweek.org. AGI organizes the week as a service to the geoscience community with support from the US Geological Survey, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Foundation, and the National Park Service.