Educational Outreach Committee
The mission of this committee is to provide fun and engaging educational Earth Science opportunities for K-12 students, and adults, within our communities. The educational content can be specified to audience interests and age, as well as educator goals and allotted time. To date, we have some lesson plans for grades 4th through 8th, and 9th through 12th, along with numerous mineral and rock samples, and a growing slide deck for constructing a grass-roots type of presentation on a variety of geoscience topics suitable for all ages. The committee can also provide presentations for adults in various settings, such as assisted living facilities, libraries, and more!
The Educational Outreach Committee is always courting new volunteers. This is an exciting opportunity to encourage interest and facilitate understanding of the geosciences!
Our committee has four positions, but we also accept active volunteers at any time. Each position comes with a two-year commitment, and we currently have one spot open. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about joining our committee.
Materials Coordinator/Developer – Maintains existing materials, further develops lesson plans, and keeps a clear inventory of available resources. The Materials Coordinator/Developer should seek both advice and materials from sister societies who already run successful outreach programs. In addition, the Materials Coordinator/Developer must work with RMAG staff to locate and store the materials in a convenient space for both RMAG staff and volunteers. The Materials Coordinator/Developer provides regular updates to committee members regarding the status of materials and request funds to maintain materials as needed.
Volunteer Coordinator – Maintains and recruits an active list of Earth Scientists willing to deliver educational talks and field experiences. Networks with other societies, retired/unemployed Earth Scientists, and student chapters to recruit a diverse set of volunteers. Provides regular updates to committee members regarding volunteer numbers. In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator will work directly with RMAG staff to schedule the volunteers.
Outreach Coordinator – Develops relationships and markets services with schools, Girl/Boy Scout Societies, Elderhostels, and various other community groups. The Outreach Coordinator should maintain a list of key contacts for each school district/community group and actively advertise the committee’s capabilities. The Outreach Coordinator will provide regular updates to committee members regarding new and existing contacts.
Social Media/Event Marketing/Webmaster Liaison (open!) – This person is in charge of maintaining communications between multiple RMAG organizations to spread the mission of our committee through RMAG’s Social Media and Outcrop magazine, social functions/luncheons, volunteer opportunities photo/updates waivers, The Social Media Liaison will provide regular updates to and from committee members regarding the status of upcoming events, creative ways to spread our group mission, and showcase the work of past volunteer events/efforts.
In 2000, the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG) Foundation instituted an award to honor an elementary or secondary school teacher who has promoted teaching of Earth Science to K- 12 students. The winner receives a commemorative plaque and a $1000 cash award provided by the RMAG Foundation. The RMAG Foundation also awards the winner’s school with $1000 designated for its Earth Science program.