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E2E Basics, E2E 2002 Project Proposal, Guidelines,
Evaluation Criteria, NJCCCS, Reference & Informational Links

This page is intentionally being kept on-line so that teachers or students may utilize the lesson for future classes or projects. Please contact the E2E coordinators if you have any questions about this project.

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E2E Basics

Why E2E?

Because this annual competition is announced during the national celebration of Earth Science Week (October 7-13, 2001) and winners will be announced before Earth Day (April 22, 2002) and formally recognized on April 25, 2002.

Who Can Participate?

The E2E competition is designed for middle and high school student participation, grades 6-12, within the State of New Jersey.

What is the E2E Challenge This Year?

The challenge this year is the development of a web-based series of geological field trip sites. Students (grades 6-12) must locate one site of geological interest in the state that is physically accessible to visiting schools and community members. Students must research the geological and geographical characteristics of the site and provide hands-on activities that could be performed by visitors while at the site. The final E2E submission must be presented in the form of maps, graphics and text in HTML format. All acceptable E2E submissions will become part of the final web-based geological field trip series. The goal is to heighten public interest in, and involvement with, the State's geologic and geographic history and features.

What are the E2E Rules and Benefits?
  • Interested teachers must submit an E2E registration form. (See below for details.)

  • Schools are allowed to submit only one E2E project for the competition. (Schools are encouraged to hold their own class and school-wide competitions to determine one winner per school.)

  • A first, second and third-place statewide winner will be announced. Prizes include the New Jersey Rocks and Sediments Kit, the new 3-panel New Jersey Geological Bedrock Map, and other prizes to be announced. Winners will be recognized at a formal ceremony to be held in Trenton on April 25th.

  • Participation in the project provides support for a variety of classroom standards and progress indicators in Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and the Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standards.

  • Student participation in the E2E competition will sharpen their skills in research, writing, critical and creative thinking, design, mapping and technology use.

Who Sponsors E2E?

This competition is sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and is coordinated by the New Jersey Geological Survey and the Office of Communication's Environmental Education Program.

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It is said, "Good things come in small packages". This is indeed so with the state of New Jersey. The rich diversity of this state is one of its greatest attributes, whether a feature of the population, its natural resources, or its landscape. The E2E 2002 challenge will highlight some of the State's geologic and geographic diversity.

Secondary students statewide are asked to document a particular area of their choice by creating a virtual geologic field trip to that site. The data presented should focus on the geology and geography of the site. The "field trip" text should include:

Site Logistics:

  • The location of the site; specific directions on how to get there, where to park, where parking is not allowed, and identifying landmarks.

  • Who owns the land? Do you need permission to be there or on adjacent properties?

  • What is the best time of the year/day to visit the site?

  • What safety requirements (if any) are recommended. (i.e. hard-hats at a mine site)

  • It would also be beneficial to list the distances and directions to the nearest eateries and restrooms.

Geologic Significance of the Site:

  • The historical significance of the site. Does the site contain fossils? Does it show evidence of human impact? Is the site in a location of historical significance? Is it a historic site that played a role in the development of the region? (i.e. a mine or a barrier to or a reason an area was developed)

  • What specific geologic features are evident at the site?

Activity(ies) to do at the Site:

  • A set of suggestions on the educational value of studying the site. A lesson plan, question sheet, or other study aids that enhance the learning experience.

  • Maps using standardized symbols like those found on the New Jersey State map distributed with the E2E Starter Kit must be included. Click on the "Map Symbols" title to see examples of common map symbols used in field trip diagrams.

  • Be sure to label the rocks with the symbols on the "Geologic Rock Symbols Chart" to ensure continuity amongst the different submitted sites.

  • Other resources are listed below in the "Reference & Informational Links" section.

Background Information:

  • Although New Jersey is the fifth smallest state in the United States, it exhibits a wide variety of geographic and geologic features that allow the state to be divided into four distinct physiographic provinces. These provinces, or regions result from different geologic processes that have occurred over hundreds of millions of years, such as sedimentation, mountain building, and erosion. The rocks found in the different parts of the state represent almost every geologic period and rock type. From the rugged hills of the Highlands (where the oldest rocks can be found) to the beaches and marshes of the Coastal Plain (the youngest rocks) there are many unique and interesting geologic features.

  • Each site is significant for a different reason. For example, an exposure of a fault might be visible where rock has broken and moved along the line of breakage. The movement can range from a few feet to thousands of feet. Another feature might be an outcrop of rock or sediment that contains fossils or unique minerals. New Jersey has some minerals that are found nowhere else and are sought after by collectors the world over. Other features might be a waterfall or cliff face. Why is it there? What geologic processes could have formed the feature? These unique characteristics single out New Jersey as a remarkable resource for the study of geology and geography.

About the Theme "Rockin' Down the Highway":

  • The term "Rockin" has multiple meanings, geological and musical, thus the CD pictured on the top of this page. Because of the musical connotation, the E2E 2002 challenge will feature its own musical "package" for the web-based geological field trip. As noted, the site is set up to look like a compact disk with song titles representing actual locations of the field trips. These titles will link to the student generated pages. (Examples of site titles are given on the inner sleeve of the CD pictured above.) The school participants will be referred to as the bands "performing" on the CD. The school represents the publishing company of the "songs". If the submitting schools wish to include a musical piece to enhance their document it must be free of any copyright restrictions, and preferably written by a member of the school community for inclusion on the website. Although no "extra-credit" will be given for musical submissions, it will contribute to the musical theme of the site.

A State map showing the locations of all posted field trips and links to their sites can be accessed by clicking on this red dot. Link to Field Trip Map  New locations will be added as sites are submitted. The NJDEP reserves the right to limit the number of submissions included on this website. Submissions that do not fulfill the requirements for inclusion will not be posted. Examples of web-based geologic field trips can be found in the Reference & Informational Links section below.

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boxSubmitted sites may be edited for content.
boxSubmitted sites should be limited to three megabytes and submitted in HTML format.
boxSubmitted sites can be linked back to your school website.
boxSubmitted sites must be written in English, but other language versions can be included.
boxRefrain from using the names of stores or other places of business unless these are
      used as landmarks to help locate a particular geologic area of interest.
boxThis site can not be used to promote a business or other for-profit organization.
boxLinks to non-related sites will not be included.
boxThe site can not contain any derogatory references to people or places of any kind.
boxSubmitted sites can include options for use by special populations.
boxSubmit finished products by e-mail to marc.rogoff@dep.nj.gov or
      by mail (floppy disks or CD-Rom) to:

Marc Rogoff, E2E Coordinator
NJDEP, Office of Communications
P.O. Box 402
Trenton NJ 08625

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Evaluation Criteria

These Guidelines for Judging are to be used for the state level competition;
They can be used for class or school competitions as well.

    Presentation of Content
    Submission should include:Points Allotted:Points Earned:
    Name of student(s) responsible(0-2)_____
    Name of faculty sponsor(s)/Contact info.(0-2)_____
    Name of school/School address/District(0-2)_____
    No gender or racial biases or references(0-2)_____
    Title (preferably to fit theme)(0-2)_____
    Site logistics (directions, use, etc.)(0-8)_____
    Site map (symbols, landmarks, roads, etc.)(0-8)_____
    Site activity, lesson or study aide(0-8)_____
    Correct grammar used throughout(0-8)_____
    Correct spelling used throughout(0-8)_____
    TOTAL: 50_____

    Accuracy of Content
    Submission should include:Points Allotted:Points Earned:
    Name of faculty reviewers (2 minimal)(0-5)_____
    Cited references, where necessary(0-5)_____
    Bibliography of resources sited(0-5)_____
    Current/balanced/reliable geology info.(0-10)_____
    TOTAL: 25_____

    Design/Presentation of Web Site
    Submission should include:Points Allotted:Points Earned:
    Three megabytes max./html format(0-2)_____
    Correct navigation links w/link(s) to home(0-2)_____
    Correct use of standard colors on map(0-2)_____
    Graphics copyrights/sources sited(0-2)_____
    Reliable and relevant content links(0-2)_____
    Table of contents/Organization of parts(0-5)_____
    Inclusion of supportive photos/graphics(0-5)_____
    User-friendly design/Easy to navigate(0-10)_____
    Creative and original visual design(0-10)_____
    Text/graphics that are readable on most browsers(0-10)_____
    TOTAL: 50_____

    FINAL TOTAL: 125_______

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Providing support for the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

Student participation in the submission of an E2E Challenge entry may provide support for and/or practice of the following standards and progress indicators:

In the Sciences:
5.2.13, 5.10.11, 5.12.8

In Social Studies/Geography:
6.7.11, 6.8.17

In Language Arts:
3.3.19, 3.5.17

In Fine Arts/Design:

In the Cross-Content Workplace Readiness Standards:
2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.15, 4.2, 4.3, 5.7

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Reference & Informational Links

New Jersey Geological Survey

Geologic Rock Symbols Chart

NJ Office of Travel and Tourism

NJ Department of Transportation

New Jersey Office of State Planning

The New Jersey State League of Municipalities

The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions

U.S. Geological Survey

Geographic Information System

N. J. Geological Survey's Digital GEODATA

Geologic Association of New Jersey

New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association

Examples of Virtual Geologic Field Trips can be found at the following sites:

Can I take a "virtual" field trip?

Field Trips


Geological Field Trips

Geological Field Trips:
http://www-sci.lib.uci.edu/SEP/CTS/Canyon.html#Grand Canyon

Geology Field Trips

Maine Geological Survey

New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources

Safety on Geological Field Trips

the FIELD TRIPS site . . .

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Geological Field Trips

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Books featuring Geologic Field Trip information:

Contreras Held, Patricia.
A Field Guide to New Jersey Nature Centers.
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1988.

Zatz, Arline & Zatz, Joel.
Best Hikes With Children in New Jersey.
Seattle, Washington: The Mountaineers, 1992.

Roberts, Russell.
Discover the Hidden New Jersey.
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1995.

Lippman, Helen and Reardon, Patricia.
Enjoying New Jersey Outdoors.
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1991.

Gem Trails of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Gem Guides Book Company 315 Cloverleaf Drive Suite F, Baldwin Park CA 91706;
626-855-1611; 800-824-5118; Fax: 626-855-1610. Email: gembooks@aol.com.

Gasior, Joe.
Jersey Perspective: Selected Topics in Earth Science.
Medford, New Jersey: Lenape Regional High School District Board of Education, 1986.

Gruzlovic, Hope and Cradic, Amy.
Natural Wonders of New Jersey: A Guide to Parks, Preserves & Wild Places.
Castine, Maine: Country Roads Press, 1994.

Pettigrew, Laurie.
New Jersey Wildlife Viewing Guide.
Helena, Montana: Falcon Publishing, 1998.

Zatz, Arline.
New Jersey's Special Places.
Woodstock, Vermont: The Countryman Press, 1990.

The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
New York Walk Book.
New York, New York: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1984.

"Roadside Geology" Series.

Gallagher, William.
When Dinosaurs Roamed New Jersey.
New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Please note: Links to non-State of New Jersey sites do not imply any official State of New Jersey endorsement of or responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data, or products presented at those locations, or guarantee the validity of the information provided. Links to non-State of New Jersey servers are provided solely as a reference to information on topics related to the E2E contest that may be useful to the participants.

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