AGI's Center for Geoscience and Society raises awareness of the importance of the geosciences by reaching out to individuals and groups who are not professional geoscientists. This includes federal, state, and local decision makers; educators in non-geoscience disciplines; and/or professionals in industries that may not seem directly connected to the geosciences, such as insurance and manufacturing. The Center's primary programs include: The Critical Issues Program (CIP) and the Education Resources Network (ERN).
CIP supports well-informed public policy by providing scientific-fact-based information and facilitating dialogues among the geoscience community, decision makers at all levels, and other key stakeholders. CIP produces a suite of highly-regarded resources to accomplish its objective including:
The Education Resources Network (ERN) provides K-12 educators with a broad collection of curricula, classroom activities, teacher development resources, science education standards, virtual field trips, teaching ancillaries, and much more across the full spectrum of geosciences. In addition to the ERN website, the Center's activities in education extend AGI's products and services in several ways, such as,
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