2 October 2009

Looking for something to do for Earth Science Week?

Posted by Jessica Ball

Even if you can’t give your time to sponsor an event for Earth Science Week this year, you can help people realize the importance of Earth science by giving a little bit of your money. (For instance, I’m swamped with coursework and research and totally unlikely to pull together any event bigger than a Facebook post, but at least this way I can help someone else with an Earth science project!)

Every year, ScienceBlogs sponsors a donation drive with DonorsChoose.org to help bring science to classrooms in financially struggling US schools. This year, Kim Hannula of All of My Faults Are Stress Related, Anne Jefferson of Highly Allocthonous, and Erik Klemetti of Eruptions have put together a geoscience-related donations page where you can sponsor a school project for students around the country to learn about the Earth. There are a number of different projects to choose from, ranging from soil science to weather to hydrology to seismology. (In particular, there’s a group in Washington that needs to raise money for soil testing kits to go with a guest speaker’s presentation, and they only have ten days left!)

This is a great way to make sure that Earth science outreach and learning happen in schools that are struggling to make ends meet. I’m definitely going to donate what I can, and I hope that all of you will think about doing the same!