The American Geological Institute (AGI) hosted the rst Earth System Science (ESS) Education Summit in Houston, Texas, at BP Exploration’s new Helios Plaza meeting facility on February 8-11, 2010. The Summit was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, as well as by funding from AGI, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Geological Society of America. Forty-two representatives of AGI member societies and key partners met to discuss and address key issues facing the K-12 geoscience education community.
- Perception of high school ESS as a non-rigorous, non-laboratory course;
- Status of the preparation and continuing education of ESS teachers;
- Inclusion of ESS alongside other sciences in the new national science education standards;
- Lack of an ESS advanced placement course;
- Challenges to ESS in schools by the creationist and Intelligent Design movements; and
- Role of the International Earth Science Olympiad in raising the profile of ESS.