Be a Resource for K-12 Educators


Submit a video to AGU’s LEARN collection. This series of short Earth and space science-related videos gives K-12 educators the tools they need to try new hands-on activities with their students, complete with teacher guides and other resources.

Present at the AGU Fall Meeting GIFT workshop. The Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) workshop is an excellent way to share your science with K-12 educators.

Partner with a local university’s education department. Through such partnerships, you can help educate future teachers about science.

Get in touch with organizations dedicated to promoting K-12 Earth and space science.  Groups like the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) provide support and resources to K-12 teachers.

Reach out to local schools (thoughtfully). Most schools are more than happy to be contacted by scientists interested in reaching out; however, schools must also navigate their schedules as dictated by state and national standards and curricula. Don’t be offended if a teacher can’t accept your offer to talk to a class, and be open to learning how else you could provide support.

Members in the Washington, D.C. area, connect your career expertise to classroom curriculum through STEMconnect’s pilot program.

Or, members throughout the U.S. can check out this list of K-12 volunteer programs from AAAS’s Senior Scientists and Engineers Program. Also see this webinar from GLOBE about meaningful teacher-scientist partnerships. Additionally, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has produced a guide to inspire geoscience professionals and assist them in helping to provide Earth science enrichment for students in K-12 classrooms.

Participate in “Earth Science Week.” Earth Science Week, held in mid-October, is an annual grassroots effort to advance Earth science education sponsored by AGI. AGI’s Earth Science Week website can help you plan an event.

Initiate a Take Your Child to Work Day event at your workplace. AGU invites local members to share their work with the children of AGU staff on an annual basis.