Earth Science Week Update December 2007

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 5, No. 9: December 2007

* IYPE Photo Contest Entries Due Jan. 31
* Reaching Out to Spanish-Speaking Students
* 2007 Highlights Toolkits Now Available

IYPE Photo Contest
Entries Due Jan. 31

Earth Science Week participants from ages 15 to 20 are invited to enter the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) Photography Contest. The contest’s theme - “The Changing Face of the Earth” - aims to raise awareness of the state of the planet, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2008.

Shutterbugs worldwide will compete for 40 prizes. Each winning contestant will receive a copy of two UNESCO books: “Explaining the Earth” and “The Changing Face of the Earth.” Learn more about the photo contest at

Spanning from February 2007 to December 2009, IYPE explores new and exciting ways Earth science can help future generations meet global challenges. IYPE is a joint initiative by UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences. For more information on IYPE, visit

Reaching Out to
Spanish-Speaking Students

Many geoscience agencies, organizations, and educators distribute AGI’s “Why Earth Science?” brochure to promote awareness of the importance of Earth science in K-12 education. To ensure that this vital message reaches the widest possible audience, AGI translated the publication into Spanish last year.

The geoscience community encourages minority participation. America’s 40 million Hispanics comprise the nation’s largest race or ethnic minority, a population that is rapidly growing. What’s more, three in four Hispanics ages five and up speak Spanish at home, says the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Why Earth Science?” explains the importance of Earth science education for success in school, careers, informed decision-making, and civic engagement. To receive copies, contact AGI’s Geoff Camphire at English and Spanish versions of the brochure also are available online as downloadable files at

2007 Highlights Toolkits
Now Available

Due to unprecedented demand for this year’s materials, complete Earth Science Week 2007 Toolkits are no longer available. However, 2007 Highlights Toolkits - which typically contain dozens of items - are available at a reduced price.

The 2007 Highlights Toolkit includes materials such as:
* a 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging;
* the Earth Science Week poster, including an activity;
* an Earth science CD-ROM, postcards, and more from NASA;
* education materials, cloud chart, and careers info from NOAA;
* a CD on GIS technology and activities from ESRI; and
* items from USGS, National Park Service, IRIS, and GSA.

More Earth Science Week Toolkits were distributed by Earth Science Week this year than ever before. To order your 2007 Highlights Toolkit, go to

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific 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 interests 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 resources and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit