AGU-NESTA 2015 Fall GIFT Workshop Presenter Application Form

New this year: each team of presenters will receive one free full-week registration to the AGU Fall Meeting, to be used by a member of the presenting team.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the AGU-NESTA 2015 Fall Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop. The workshop is scheduled for December 14-15, 2015, at the AGU Fall Meeting. The workshop typically is attended by 50-75 educators, primarily middle and high school teachers, but includes educators working in elementary schools and informal community-based education centers as well. Participating in the AGU/NESTA GIFT workshop is an excellent way to share your science and associated educational resources with teachers, and to help them bring these resources directly into their classrooms.

AGU is soliciting applications from teams composed of at least one scientist and at least one education specialist to provide presentations during the workshop. A "presentation" will be composed of a talk on an Earth or space science topic appropriate for K-12 educators coupled with one or more closely related hands-on classroom activities, with a full time for presentation of 1.5 hours. To ensure that the presentation is appropriate for the K-12 classroom, applicants are required to provide information on the relevance of the presentation topic to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Applications for presentations will be taken through August 31, 2015. At least one of the individuals involved in the presentation must be a member of AGU or be sponsored by a member of AGU (which means to make their membership number available to use on the application), and provide their AGU membership number when completing the application. Applications will be reviewed by a committee drawn from AGU scientists, K-12 teachers, the AGU EPO community, AGU Education Staff, and the NESTA Board of Directors, who will help identify the proposals that appear to be the most appropriate to teacher needs and AGU goals and objectives. Final decisions on selected presentation teams will be made by September 25, 2015.

Presenter 1

Scientist   Professor   E/PO specialist   Teacher   Other

Atmospheric Sciences
Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism
Ocean Sciences
Planetary Sciences
Space Physics and Aeronomy
Volcanology, Geochemistry, and Petrology

Atmospheric and Space Electricity
Cryosphere Sciences
Earth and Planetary Surface Processes
Earth and Space Science Informatics
Mineral and Rock Physics
Global Environmental Change
Natural Hazards
Near Surface Geophysics
Nonlinear Geophysics
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology
Study of the Earth's Deep Interior
Societal Impacts and Policy Sciences

Climate change    Natural Hazards    Natural Resources    Hot Topics in Earth and Space Science    None of the above

Elementary school  Middle school   High school

You should select at least one of the disciplinary core ideas, the cross-cutting concepts, and the science and engineering practices which are central to the proposed workshop and which students in classrooms of teachers participating in the workshop will be able to demonstrate after using with the materials you provide in the classroom. If your presentation and activity relates to the nature of science, please indicate which standard(s) they address in this area.

Disciplinary Core Ideas
Earth and Space Sciences
ESS1 Earth's Place in the Universe
ESS1A The Universe and Its Stars
ESS1B Earth and the Solar System
ESS1C The History of Planet Earth

ESS2 Earth's Systems
ESS2A Earth Materials and Systems
ESS2B Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
ESS2C The Roles of Water in Earth's Surface Processes
ESS2D Weather and Climate
ESS2E Biogeology

ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
ESS3A Natural Resources
ESS3B Natural Hazards
ESS3C Human Impacts on Earth Systems
ESS3D Global Climate Change
Physical Sciences
PS1 Matter and Its Interactions
PS1A Structure and Properties of Matter
PS1B Chemical Reactions
PS1C Nuclear Processes

PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
PS2A Forces and Motion
PS2B Types of Interactions
PS2C Stability and Instability in Physical Systems

PS3 Energy
PS3A Definitions of Energy
PS3B Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
PS3C Relationship Between Energy and Forces
PS3D Energy and Chemical Processes in Everyday Life

PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
PS4A Wave Properties
PS4B Electromagnetic Radiation
PS4C Information Technologies and Instrumentation
Life Sciences
LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
LS1A Structure and Function
LS1B Growth and Development of Organisms
LS1C Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
LS1D Information Processing

LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
LS2A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
LS2C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
LS2D Social Interactions and Group Behavior

LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
LS3A Inheritance of Traits
LS3B Variation of Traits

LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
LS4A Evidence of Common Ancestry
LS4B Natural Selection
LS4C Adaptation
LS4D Biodiversity and Humans
Crosscutting Concepts
1. Patterns
2. Cause and Effect: Mechanism and explanation
3. Scale, proportion, and quantity
4. Systems and system models
5. Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservations
6. Structure and function
7. Stability and change
Science and Engineering Practices
1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
2. Developing and using models
3. Planning and carrying out investigations
4. Analyzing and interpreting data
5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
7. Engaging in argument from evidence
8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Nature of Science
1. Scientific Investigations Use a Variety of Methods
2. Scientific Knowledge is Based on Empirical Evidence
3. Scientific Knowledge is Open to Revision in Light of New Evidence
4. Scientific Models, Laws, Mechanisms, and Theories Explain Natural Phenomena
5. Science is a Way of Knowing
6. Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems
7. Science is a Human Endeavor
8. Science Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World

(be sure to include all elements of the activity in upload - descriptions, worksheets, and supplementary materials, so they can be considered for inclusion in the workshop presentation). MS Word, pdf or PowerPoint only.

Share-a-Thon Teams which are not selected to present full 1.5 hr workshops at GIFT will have an opportunity to present in one of the two GIFT Workshop Share-a-Thons. If your presentation is not selected for a full workshop presentation, would you like to have your presentation considered for participation in one of the Share-a-Thons? Share-a-Thons are similar to a poster session, except you share an activity or resource with teachers, who circulate around the room to multiple presenters during a one hour event. Share-a-Thon presenters are given some table space to set up materials for teachers (but not a poster display board), and are expected to provide a copy of resources for the teachers to take with them.

Yes, I'd like to present in the Share-a-Thon
No, I would not like to present in the Share-a-Thon

Exploration Station is a program of activities organized by the various AGU sections and focus groups. This event is four hours long, free, and open to the public. Participants make their way through about 25 exhibits offering a variety of easy, family friendly, hands-on activities and an opportunity to interact one-on-one with scientists, engineers, and education specialists. Exploration Station will take place Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 1:00-5:00pm. As an exhibitor, you would be expected to be at the event for the full four hours plus set-up and take-down time. You would also be expected to create a fun, dynamic, and interactive learning experience for 1000 members of the public of all ages. All costs for the event other than shipping and handling of materials are covered by AGU.

Please note that selected presenters are required to handle internal communications with other members of their presentation team as they prepare for the workshop. Presenters must submit their materials for the workshop, according to the time schedule that will be distributed once selections are made, in a timely fashion.