Public outreach and technology transfer are essential to the mission of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS). Of significant import is our multifaceted educational outreach program. KGS provides numerous publications and data sets concerning geology in Kentucky that are useful for teaching K- 12 core concepts. KGS participates in national and state science-teacher conferences, state and district science-teacher workshops, collaborates with other organizations to provide information for their science-teacher workshops, hosts regional field trips in conjunction with the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists, provides tours for school groups at KGS, visits more than 100 classrooms annually, and provides volunteer judges for local, regional, and state science fairs.
Much of our educational outreach has been achieved by continuously expanding and updating the resources on our award-winning Web site at www.uky.edu/KGS/home.htm. The Earth Science Education Network is part of this site. Much of the success of the network is due to the interaction between KGS staff and educators in Kentucky. The network provides: (1) annotated links to other sites that provide information for teaching K-12 core concepts, (2) an earth-science educator listserv to help earth-science teachers communicate with each other and professionals, (3) classroom activities created by KGS staff, educators in Kentucky, and links to classroom activities offered elsewhere on the Internet, (4) fact sheets and interesting stories about Kentucky geology, (5) lists of earth-science volunteers and places to visit in the State, (6) a calendar of earth-science events, and (7) a summary of the geology of Kentucky. Sections on the fossils and rocks and minerals of the State are also very popular.
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AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90926©1999 AAPG Eastern Section Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana