What is Earth Science Week?
“Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 14-20, 2018 and will celebrate the theme “Earth as Inspiration.” The coming year’s event will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.
Earth Science Week 2018 learning resources and activities will engage young people and others in exploring the relationship between the arts and the Earth systems. The coming year’s theme will promote public understanding and stewardship of the planet, especially in terms of the ways art relates to geoscience principles and issues as diverse as energy, climate change, the environment, natural disasters, technology, industry, agriculture, recreation, and the economy.” (American Geosciences Institute , n.d.)
For more information:
Tuesday, October 16th
• Create your own compass from 11am-12pm
-Guests will learn about how magnets can cause an ordinary household object to point North!
-This activity will take place in the Art Hallway.
• UTM Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society Demonstration from 3pm-5pm
Wednesday, October 17th
• The Misunderstood Mother: The Story of the Oviraptor and dinosaur coloring sheets 3pm-4pm
-Guests will learn that the Oviraptor was not really an egg thief at all! There will also be dinosaur coloring sheets for guests to color during the story.
-This activity will take place near the dinosaur nest in Dinosaur Hall.
• Cretaceous Fossil Digging sponsored by the UT-Martin Geology Department 3pm-5pm
-Guests will use shovels and brushes to discover their own fossil in the matrix. Sediment was collected from the Coon Creek site south of Jackson and contains marine fossils.
-This activity will take place on the Great Lawn (weather permitting, if not will be in the Art Hallway at a table)
Thursday, October 18th
• UT-Martin Ecology Club will be leading a stream study from 3pm-5pm
-Guests will learn how to tell if a stream is healthy and how to discover macroinvertebrates in a stream.
-Activity will take place at the stream near the outside playground.
Friday, October 19th
• Geologic Core Sampling Activity 12pm-2pm
-Guests will discover what goes on within the Earth, and learn about all the different layers that make up Earth’s structure.
-Activity will take place in the Art Hallway.
Saturday, October 20th
• Museum guests are encouraged to bring their own artifacts to the museum to be identified by archaeologist Bill Lawrence. Guests are also welcome to bring minerals, fossils, cool rocks, and other cool geology or archaeology finds! Authentication cards will be available for real artifacts. The identification tables will be open from 11am-1pm.
o This is going to be a huge event. Guests are invited to come see some of the amazing artifacts brought by Bill Lawrence and fossils from the UTM Geology Department.
o Activity will be held in Dinosaur Hall at tables
• There will also be another fossil dig at the DPA from 2pm-4pm. Guests will have the chance to experience a real fossil dig, and possibly find a fossil to take home!
o Guests will use shovels and brushes to discover their own fossil in the matrix. Sediment was collected from the Coon Creek site south of Jackson and contains marine fossils.
o This activity will take place on the Great Lawn (weather permitting, if not will be in the Art Hallway at a table)