NASHVILLE, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed October 12 through October 18 Earth Science Week in Tennessee, which will promote the important role that geology and other earth sciences play in Tennessee’s safety, health, welfare and economy, and awareness of the dynamic interactions of the planet’s natural systems.
As part of Earth Science Week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Tennessee Geological Survey, in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, will provide Earth Science Week toolkits to distribute to science teachers across the state. Learning more about earth sciences and the natural world helps students better understand the importance of protecting natural resources so people can have clean water to drink and clear air to breathe.
“Earth Science Week is always a special week for students to learn about earth sciences and the natural world around us,” Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “We are pleased to provide these educational tools to Tennessee’s classrooms.”
Special items in the toolkit will include resources and reading materials from the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Energy, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Geographic, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, Society of Mining Engineers, Soil Science Society of America, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The toolkits also will include activity calendars, brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, field notebooks, posters and more.
The 2014 Earth Science Week theme is “Earth’s Connected Systems,” designed to engage young people and others in exploring the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes. By deepening the understanding of interactions of Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – Earth science helps people manage the world’s greatest challenges and make the most of vital opportunities.
Governors across the United States will join Gov. Haslam in issuing proclamations that support Earth Science Week, reaching more than 50 million people across the country and around the world. Individuals and groups will celebrate Earth Science Week by participating at events in all 50 states and several countries.
A limited number of toolkits are available. Educators interested in receiving an Earth Science Week toolkit may contact Ron Zurawski at [email protected] or (615) 532-1502. The toolkits are free of charge while supplies last. For more information about Earth Science Week, please visit www.earthsciweek.org.
Note from me: I think think this would be a great time to talk to your children, youth group, etc. about the Creation Story from God.
Taken from a press release.