Earth Science Week Update July 2006

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 4, No. 1: July 2006

Earth Science Week 2006
Highlights Citizen Science

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has announced the theme for Earth Science Week 2006: “Be a Citizen Scientist!” The year’s Earth Science Week, October 8-14, will engage students and the public in conducting real “citizen science” research and help to spread science literacy.

“Citizen science affords everyone an opportunity to investigate earth science questions,” says Ann E. Benbow, Ph.D., AGI’s Director of Education and Outreach. “This Earth Science Week, we will be encouraging students, teachers, and the general public to become actively involved in a variety of citizen science programs with earth science themes.”

Earth Science Week 2006 marks the ninth year AGI has sponsored this international event. Each year, local groups, educators, and interested individuals organize activities to discover the Earth sciences and promote responsible stewardship of the Earth. Earth Science Week is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and other geoscience organizations. Learn more at

Earth Science Week Toolkits
Available for Pre-Order Now

Earth Science Week Toolkits will be released in August. To ensure that you are among the first to received these exciting educational resources, you can pre-order yours today.

The Earth Science Week 2006 Toolkit includes:
* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including an activity
* Up-to-date factsheets and other materials from the USGS
* A park-views DVD from the National Park Service
* A detailed climate-change booklet from NOAA
* An Earth science education brochure and more from NASA
* Posters from Scholastic, IRIS, and EarthScope
* A GeoCaching pamphlet from Geological Society of America
* An Earth-science CD from ESRI
* And more materials for classroom and home use

In addition, copies of the careers-oriented 2005 Toolkit ("Geoscientists Explore the Earth") and the natural hazards-focused 2004 Toolkit ("Living on a Restless Earth") are available for order.

Library Rate shipping and handling in the U.S. is included. Expect delivery 2-3 weeks after payment is received. Faster shipping services are available at additional cost (phone 703-379-2480 for details). Orders outside of the United States will incur additional shipping charges. For special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit

Contests Add Fun, Learning
To Earth Science Week 2006

AGI is sponsoring three national contests as part of Earth Science Week 2006. The photography, visual arts, and essay contests offer opportunities for both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about the Earth sciences, and compete for prizes.

The photography contest, open to all ages, focuses on “Using and Studying Earth’s Resources.” Participants are encouraged to think creatively and submit pictures of geoscientists studying or working with the Earth’s natural resources or people using these resources.

The visual arts contest is titled “Earth Science in Your Home Town.” Students in grades K-5 are encouraged to draw, paint, or create a poster on any aspect of Earth science that affects their local community. Artwork entries should be no larger than 24-by-36 inches.

Finally, students in grades 5-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest: “Be a Citizen Scientist!” Essays must be no longer than 500 words and should highlight the ways every person can contribute to a better understanding of our planet.

The first-place prize for each contest is $300. To learn more about these contests, including how to enter, visit

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 scientific and professional associations that represents more than 120,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other Earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interest in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of the resources and interaction with the environment. More information about AGI can be found at The Institute also provides a public outreach site at