Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP)
This program, in its fourth year, brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy educators to several U.S.-funded astronomy observatories in Chile. While there, ambassadors will receive behind-the-scenes tours of some of the world’s most productive and advanced telescopes, including in-depth information on their instruments and discoveries.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) sponsors an annual national Teacher of the Year (TOTY) award program. The goal is to recognize and encourage educators in K-12 Earth Sciences and Natural Resources. The Eastern Section (ES) of the AAPG https://www.esaapg.org/ promotes this as well with its own annual award. The society recently increased their award from $1000 to $2500 to better reflect the importance of the work educators do.
Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association member Toba Bernstein took part in graduate studies in Costa Rica this past summer through Miami University's Project Dragonfly. Bernstein of Newtown, PA, studied lowland rain forest and montane cloud forests while investigating the biotic, physical, and cultural forces that affect tropical biodiversity.
Want to learn more about Earth’s geographic features? This workshop will focus on landscapes, their origin, and recognition of landforms on topographic maps. The topographic map is the most common tool used by geologists, geomorphologists, geographers, landscapers, and land managers to identify landscape types. Topographic maps are also essential as way finders for people in areas that are not familiar to them. These maps represent a three dimensional surface (landscape) on a two dimensional piece of paper by incorporating contour lines that show points of equal elevation.
An item from Astronomy Society of the Pacific newsletter: If you can make a December 9th (Saturday) workshop in St. Louis, you will get a set of 24 Galileoscopes!