Paleontology, archaeology, and geology are one of the few fields of study where science and history come together in perfect harmony. After weeks of research, I noticed that majority of people who are not involved in sciences have no clue why or how these fields are relevant or what their contributions are in our 21st century technological advancements.
Whether scientists are discovering fossils from millions of years ago or excavating buried civilizations, not only do these fields involve advanced scientific method implementation and development, such as extensive research techniques, data gathering methods and carbon dating, but also help understand genetic evolution, extinct biological behaviors and fill historical gaps.
We all grew up watching movies like Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. So, if we are truly honest with ourselves, who hasn’t fantasized of what it would be like to be an adventurer like Dr. Jones or what would happen if Dinosaurs really did live among us!
To learn more about what archaeology, paleontology or geology is all about, make sure to watch some of these amazing and informative talks from well renowned researchers and scholars!
Archaeology – https://www.ted.com/talks?sort=newest&q=Archaeology
Paleontology – https://www.ted.com/talks?sort=newest&q=Paleontology
The earth holds within itself millions and billions of years of information about where we came from, the past and future of the universe, the evolution of mankind, and every living being on this planet. Scientists and researchers everywhere are digging up this information and changing the course of what we already know and are defining the course of where we will go. So today, I wanted to share with you some amazing competitions and programs in these fields to engage your interest and love for adventure!
- International Earth Science Olympiad
The IESO is an annual competition for secondary school students (18 years and younger). The students have to test their skills in all major areas of Earth sciences, including geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, terrestrial astronomy and environmental sciences. The competition for each participant consists of theoretical and practical examinations as well as field work test. Beside that, an International Team Field Investigation (ITFI) will be arranged. Each team will consist of some students from different countries. Participants should work together during experimental and/or field tasks and will be graded together as a group (http://www.ieso-info.org/).
The 2017 Olympiad will be taking place in France. Below is the official website which explains the registration process and rules!
- National Schools Geology Competition
If you are in Europe, this is for you! Hosted by the Geological Society, each year teams of science, geography and geology students produce a themed poster, and develop a 5 minute presentation on their chosen (geology related) topic to a panel of leading geologists from academia and industry. The Challenge is aimed at students of years 12/13 (England), 13/14 (Northern Ireland) or S5/S6 (Scotland). This year’s national final will be at the Burlington House on Wednesday, May 3rd 2017. You can download the rules for this years competitions and get more information below –
- National Fossil Day
On National Fossil day, the National Park Service is encourging paleontologists, educators, and students to join them in fossil-related events and activities across the country in parks, classrooms, and online. National Fossil Day is an annual celebration held to highlight the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.
Learn how you can host events or participate in events happening in your community. This year National Fossil Day is on October 11th 2017!
The National Park Service also runs an “Archaeology for Kids” Program. The program teaches kids about the different types of archaeology fields and how they work, while providing hands-on learning skills!
- The Young Archaeologists Club
Hosted by the Council for British Archaeology and Historic England, the YAC is a K-12 club for young children to participate in. Along with taking part in various activities, digs and events throughput the year, you can also talk to a real archaeologist and learn about the scientific techniques involved. So learn more about how to join an existing club or open a club of your own!
Though there are not as many established competitions in these fields, your local museums, national museums, or science organizations such as the Smithsonian, National Geographic and Museum of National History facilitate a large number of kids programs, events and activities on a daily basis to get the community involved!
Click on the images below for more info –
So grab your digging tools and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Adventure awaits!
Image courtesy of –
Young Archeologists Club
American Museum of Natural History
National Park Service
Down High School