October 12-18, 2008
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce the theme of Earth Science Week 2008: No Child Left Inside. Encourage young people to learn about the geosciences by getting them away from the television, off the computer, and out of doors. In addition to providing resources for teachers, AGI is also sponsoring several contests for students.
Contests are a great way to get involved in Earth Science Week. All eligible submissions for the 2008 contests must be postmarked or received electronically by 5 p.m. EST, Friday, October 17, 2008 (the Friday of Earth Science Week).
Photography Contest- Earth Science Beyond Your Front Door
Whether you are a young person yourself or an adult who works with youngsters, you can lead an educational outdoor adventure. When was the last time you climbed a mountain? Hiked a trail? Visited a wetland? Earth science is all around us, and the best way for young people to experience it is to get outside and look! Show your outdoor Earth science adventure.
Visual Arts Contest- Studying Our Earth
How do Earth scientists go about answering their questions? They use a system of inquiry in which a question is asked, and answers are proposed, then tested. Show yourself as an Earth scientist using the inquiry approach to answer a question in nature.
Essay Contest- Earth Connections
Earth science is all about the interactions between different natural processes. Shifting tectonic plates can build a mountain. Rain can erode a hillside. Go outside, explore your area, and look for local examples. Discuss how various natural processes on the Earth are interconnected and how they affect each other where you live.
International Year of Planet Earth- Exploring Earth Science Around the World
To celebrate the International Year of Planet Earth and Earth Science Week 2008, the American Geological Institute (AGI) is sponsoring a major international photography contest: “Exploring Earth Science Around the World.”
AGI hosts Earth Science Week in cooperation with sponsors as a service to the public and the geoscience community. Each year, local groups, educators, and interested individuals organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Park Service, the AAPG Foundation, and other geoscience groups.
For more information, visit Earth Science Week 2008.