October 14–20 is Earth Science Week. This annual celebration started in 1998, established by the American Geosciences Institute to help children, students, and the general public understand how geoscientists collect information about our planet.
In 2012, the theme is “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” and involves activities by NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, and multiple professional associations. Online resources for Earth Science Week include tools for teachers, students, and the media. Highlights of Earth Science Week 2012 include National Fossil Day on October 17, Female Geoscientist Day on October 18, and Geologic Map Day on October 19.
NASA plays an active role in the celebration, hosting activities and offering an ESW web site with a blog, an events page, a videos page, and explorer articles. These resources (including several in Spanish) introduce visitors to NASA’s Earth Explorers — scientists, engineers, educators, multimedia producers, and writers — who describe their work, their motivations for studying our planet, and the kinds of challenges they face on a daily basis.
The schedule of NASA-sponsored events includes:
– Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1-2 p.m. EDT – Univisión radio interview with scientists Erika Podest and Miguel Román (in Spanish)
– Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1-2 p.m. EDT – Google+ hangout with Operation IceBridge scientist Christy Hansen, on location near Antarctica
– Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4-5 p.m. EDT – Webinar with Aquarius engineers (in Spanish)
– Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6-7 p.m. EDT – Reddit interview with oceanographer Josh Willis