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Earth Science Week 2011


Education Officer Jo Mears has news of a forthcoming major new outreach initiative for 2011

Geoscientist 21.09 October 2011

Building on the established success of ‘Earth Science Week’, which has been run by the American Geological Institute for a number of years, the Geological Society - in collaboration with other UK partners and AGI - is organising the UK’s first Earth Science Week from 10 October.

A number of activities will be taking place during that week to highlight Earth sciences and promote related events and activities being organised by others - so everyone will have the opportunity to get involved. ‘Poetry Day’, hosted by The Society, takes place on Monday 10 October; and, with PESGB, we shall be running a schools poster competition on ‘The Story of Oil’. We also hope to be able to teach a few (who don’t already know!) how to get into Geocaching. Earth Science Week 2011 will be the start of something big, and we welcome any input!

During the week we will also be running a daily blog, posting online lesson plans, highlighting careers in Earth science, organising free lectures for schools and Friends, providing online virtual learning kits, and offering the chance to download a phone app via the Science Council’s ‘Hidden Science’ initiative (which will be Earth-Science based during October). In addition there will be region and school-specific activities: so take a look at our calendar of events to see what’s on near you.