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Many organizations conduct special events and celebrations to teach us about science, math, and daily life. These events may occur on a specific day or week during the year. However, the information can be used at any time.

Current events:

GIS Day, November 17, 2004
Discover the world through GIS. Play the GIS Quest by using online resources.

National Geography Awareness Week, November 14-20, 2004
“Take part in a nationwide campaign to celebrate geography and conservation. This year’s Geography Action! Program gives voice to the ‘sound of place’—what does your world sound like?”

National Chemistry Week, “Health and Wellness”, October 17-23, 2004
Find out about making healthy choices in order to live longer and healthier lives.

Earth Science Week, “Living on a Restless Earth”, October 10-16, 2004
This year, Earth Science Week will focus on natural hazards and the ways that Earth scientists study these hazards. Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, tornadoes, sinkholes, hurricanes, wildland fires, tsunamis, landslides, and drought.

National Metric Week, October 10-16, 2004
This celebration is held every year during the week in which October 10 occurs (10/10). The event gives Americans the chance to see the importance of a measurement system based on 10s. Most of the world uses the International System of Units (known as the metric system). Many businesses in the United States use it also. Find out more from these websites:

"All You Will Need to Know about Metric (for Your Everyday Life)"

"Taking America’s Measure" from the National Institute of Standards and Technology

Metric Mania Lessons from The Science Spot

Micro Math: Small Numbers, must be easy

US Metric Association


National Health Observances
Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. Link also to HealthFinder, the gateway to consumer health information, and to the Health Information Resource Database.

NSF Nifty Fifty
In 2000, the National Science Foundation celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. The “Nifty Fifty” are fifty NSF-funded inventions, innovations, and discoveries that have become commonplace in our lives. Explore the fifty inventions, and then take a quiz to test your knowledge!