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2013 Art, Essay, and Photography Contests
Art Contest: “Making Maps Through the Ages”
Throughout history, Earth scientists — or "geoscientists" — have made maps showing the locations of land, water, air, and living things. Even today they chart the stars, the seas, and their communities in a variety of ways. Imagine that you are a map maker, either now or in the past. How would you make a map? What tools would you use? Use artwork to show yourself as an Earth scientist making a map.
Essay Contest: "How Geoscientists Use Maps"
Land, water, air, and living things have impacts on each other. To understand these effects, Earth scientists chart interactions among the Earth systems — the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. How do geoscientists use maps to monitor these interactions? How do maps help us meet challenges and maximize opportunities in areas such as energy, agriculture, the environment, natural disasters, and community planning? Write a brief essay explaining how Earth scientists create and use maps to improve our lives.
Media/Photography Contest: "Mapping Your Community"
We put our world into maps, and we take our maps all over the world. You might be traveling, building a home, irrigating a garden, digging for coal, erecting wind towers, or designing a hurricane shelter — you use maps to do so many things. Earth scientists study natural processes to help make those maps. In a photograph, show how maps are used in your community.
Teachers: Discuss and show your students different types of maps. Orient them to the legend and other map features to help them understand what information is being conveyed with each type of map. Discuss the use of maps and where they can be found.
ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, October 7, 2013. Gifts and cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place entries in each category.
Winners and teachers will be invited to receive their awards at the Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day in celebration of Earth Science Week on October 19, 2013.
Curriculum resources for teachers and students can be found at http://ecc.hmns.org.
Teachers! FREE earth science teaching toolkits from the American Geosciences Institute will be available for pickup on Saturday, October 12 (10am-2pm) at the Houston Museum of Natural Science-Family Energy Festival. Please email us to reserve a copy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A valid submission MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING :
Essay entry: Grades 6-9 only
Media/ Photography Entry: All ages
Mail entries to:
Awards and Recognition
Winners will be selected and notified via their teachers or personal contact information in October, 2013. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. Winners names will be announced publically through update to the HGS website and social media accounts during that same week. First, second, and third place winners, their families and their teachers will be invited to a public award presentation at the Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day on October 19, 2013. Winning entries will be displayed at the Consumer Energy Alliance Energy Day on October 19, 2013. They will also be published on the websites and print media of the Houston Geological Society (HGS) the Houston Museum of Natural Science Energy Conservation Club (ECC), and the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA).
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