red-hot lava seen through hole in black,cooled lava flow

Skylight on a lava tube, Kilauea, Hawaii
Photo ©USGS

Aims

The Earth is a dynamic planet, and understanding its history and how the Earth, oceans and atmospheres work today has never been more important.

Here, we offer a growing library of talks on earth sciences and evolutionary topics that may be of interest to earth sciences and education professionals as a basis for engagement and outreach shows in schools. The talks are supported by extensive teacher's notes, as well as quizzes and practial hands-on activities. The YPE initiative has been backed by several professional bodies, including the Geologists' Association, in honour of its 150th anniversary in 2008, and the UNESCO Year of Planet Earth programme in 2009. Funding for this first phase of the project has been provided generously by Shell.

We now offer ten talks aimed at the 14-15-years age group and the first five talks aimed at the 7-9-years age group. All the talks introduce key earth sciences subjects with a focus on current debate and basic science concepts. Each talk carries a full commentary/ script in the associated panels, together with discussion points and practical exercises.

The first ten talks were prepared by Dr Jess Trofimovs and Dr Howard Falcon-Lang at the University of Bristol, UK, with extensive involvement from many colleagues. The talks for younger children have been prepared by Alexandra Borowik.

Topic
14 - 15
years
7-9
years
Volcanoes
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Dinosaurs
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Natural Hazards
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Plate Tectonics
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Climate Change
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Oil and Gas
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Geological Time
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Rocks and Minerals
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Ice Ages
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The History of Life
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Evolution
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We encourage free and extensive use of these materials. You can personalise them by adding your own logo to the base slide design. We have made every effort to confirm copyright of all images, and the talks are made available freely for educational use. Images may not be used in commercial activitities without permission.

There is also a training module that may be used by instructors/ outreach coordinators in earth sciences institutes to train their students before they take the science show into schools. We strongly recommend that students are trained either through this module, or by some other qualified instructors. Sending ill-prepared students into schools can cause harm to both sides!

Enjoy!