In partnership with the US Geological Survey and American Geosciences Institute, CUSEC is providing teachers in the CUSEC Member and Associate States with free Earth Science Week (ESW) “Toolkits”. Each Toolkit contains learning resources and classroom activities related to geology, seismology, geophysics, land and water resources, and many other earth science topics.
Currently available toolkits are listed below and are available in varying quantities. To place an order, fill out the ESW Toolkit Order Form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone from our office will contact you as soon as possible, normally within 2 business days. A shipping and handling fee of $8.50 for 1 toolkit + $2.50 for each additional toolkit will apply. Toolkits are also available for pickup at the CUSEC office during normal business hours.
Currently Available Kits (click each title to expand)
2017 ESW Toolkit: Earth and Human Activity
Learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the relationship between human activity and the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). This theme promotes public understanding and stewardship of the planet, especially in terms of the ways people affect and are affected by these Earth systems.
2016 ESW Toolkit: Our Shared Geoheritage
Learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring geoheritage throughout the Earth systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. This theme promotes public understanding and stewardship in many areas, including Earth science, energy, paleontology, water quality, conservation, and climate science.
2015 ESW Toolkit: Visualizing Earth Systems
See and understand the many ways scientists monitor and represent information about Earth systems including land, water, air, and living things. Using technologies ranging from on-site data collection to satellite-based remote sensing, scientists investigate conditions of Earth systems. And today’s geoscientists display their findings in charts, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, photos, videos, computer-generated animations, and 3D-printed creations.
2014 ESW Toolkit: Earth's Connected Systems
Learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes. By deepening our understanding of interactions of Earth systems — geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere — Earth science helps us manage our greatest challenges and make the most of vital opportunities.
2013 ESW Toolkit: Mapping Our World
Learn how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems — geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere — interact.
2012 ESW Toolkit: Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences
Includes materials and activities that will engage young people and others in learning how geoscientists gather and interpret data about the Earth and other planets. Through careers in geology, geophysics, oceanography, hydrology, paleontology, Earth science education, and many other fields, they enhance our understanding of Earth processes and improve the quality of human life.
2011 ESW Toolkit: Our Ever-Changing Earth
Includes activities that will demonstrate how evidence of change can be found everywhere, from the soil beneath our feet to the oceans and the atmosphere around us. Learn how the fossil record displays the history of change in plant and animal life. The evidence of change touches our lives in many ways, as we see in headlines about topics such as resource availability, evolution, and climate.
2010 ESW Toolkit: Exploring Energy
Engage young people and the public in learning about Earth’s energy resources. This kit will emphasize the important role earth scientists play in expanding our understanding of the complex interactions of energy resources with earth systems— the planet’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere.
2009 ESW Toolkit: Understanding Climate
Engage students, educators, and the general public in understanding all the factors driving climate and the role climate plays in the history of Earth and humankind. Climate affects humans today just as it has for millions of years. It is also pivotal in understanding how the dynamics of our planet function across different scales of time and space.
2008 ESW Toolkit: No Child Left Inside
Learning resources and activities to focus the nation on learning about the earth sciences in their natural setting, outside. Schoolchildren across the nation will turn off the TV and step away from their computers to discover the rocks, soil, watersheds, and weather patterns in their community.
For the current ESW Toolkit please visit the American Geosciences Institute at http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials