Earth Science Week Update June 2008

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 6, No. 6: June 2008

* Earth Science Week Offers ‘Journey 3D’ Educator Guide
* Global Partnership Hosts Additional Photo Contest
* Professional Development in Earth Science Now Online

Earth Science Week Offers
‘Journey 3D’ Educator Guide

AGI, organizer of Earth Science Week, has collaborated with the makers of “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D,” due in theaters July 11, to create an Educator Guide linked to this major movie release.

Starring Brendan Fraser, “Journey 3D” will plunge its characters - and viewers - into the exciting world beneath the Earth’s surface. AGI and Walden Media, which is producing this update of the Jules Verne classic, have developed a booklet of related geoscience information and standards-based activities, using the movie as an opportunity to explore “science fiction and science fact.”

For a printable PDF of the “Journey 3D” Educator Guide, go to online. To learn more about the movie, including a games, sweepstakes, and blogs, visit online.

Global Partnership Hosts
Additional Photo Contest

In addition to the traditional Earth Science Week (ESW) photo, art, and essay contests, AGI is partnering with the organizers of International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) to offer a joint IYPE-ESW 2008 Photo Contest, open to shutterbugs worldwide.

The theme of the IYPE-ESW 2008 Photo Contest is “Exploring Earth Science Around the World.” Entrants are encouraged to submit photos that show people engaged in Earth science exploration in the natural environment of their part of the world. AGI will accept photo submissions via email until the end of Earth Science Week, Friday, October 17, 2008. Winners will receive cash prizes and recognition.

Spanning from February 2007 to December 2009, IYPE aims to demonstrate new and exciting ways Earth science can help future generations meet the challenge of ensuring a safer and more prosperous world. IYPE is a joint initiative by UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences.

Visit for more information about the IYPE-ESW 2008 Photo Contest and other Earth Science Week contests. To learn more about IYPE, visit online.

Professional Development
In Earth Science Now Online

Summer is the perfect time to enhance your professional development. For growth opportunities tailored to the needs of Earth science educators, explore GeoScience Connections, a comprehensive set of online graduate courses offered by AGI and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

GeoScience Connections is designed specifically to increases science teachers’ knowledge of Earth system science and inquiry-based science instruction. Focusing on interactions among Earth systems - geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and exosphere - courses incorporate hands-on and technology-based teaching techniques.

Available are courses on Fossils, Weather and Climate, and Soils and Landforms. Each course provides 3 graduate credits from IIT. Visit to learn more.

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


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