--> --> Abstract: Strategies for Exciting Kids about Earth Science Careers, by Patty E. Holyfield; #90914(2000)

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Abstract: Strategies for exciting kids about earth science careers

Earth science suffers from low self-esteem in parts of the U.S. Many states subordinate earth science to chemistry, physics, and biology. One result is that high schools may not offer it as an advanced placement course. This can spiral downward as earth science classes become watered down and serve as dumping grounds for students who want to fulfill their science requirement with minimal effort. By working with educators at the state level where curriculum is decided, earth science can regain its rightful prominence. This will result in better teachers, motivated students, and more funding.

Other challenges remain. Sixth through eighth grade girls are most likely to bail out of advanced science classes. The causes are complex, but include learning styles and perceived media expectations. This limits their ability to compete for scholarships and higher paying jobs after college.

Awareness is an effective tool for encouraging girls to stay in technical studies. A comparison of salaries for men and women show women can earn equitable incomes when they work in technical fields. Successful female role models empower young girls to see themselves in geoscience careers. Drop by this poster for outreach activities for all students, grades 4 – 12.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90914©2000 AAPG Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana