Earth Science Week Update May 2008

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 6, No. 5: May 2008

* Students Worldwide Compete in Earth Science Olympiad
* Contests Add Fun, Learning to Earth Science Week
* Explore ‘My Events Map’ for Happenings Near You
* Weather Channel Offers Forecast Earth Summit
* Post Photos Online From Earth Science Week
* View ‘Why Earth Science’ Online With Your Students

Students Worldwide Compete
In Earth Science Olympiad

Students excited about Earth science are encouraged to “try out” for the second annual International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO). The competition invites U.S. students to complete a free online assessment by the end of next week, between May 15 and May 23. Those who demonstrate outstanding geoscientific knowledge and skills will become eligible for special studies and training opportunities this summer, possibly culminating with attendance at IESO in Manila, Philippines, in late August 2008.

IESO, supported by the National Science Foundation and Earth Science Week, is open to U.S. secondary school students who will not be more than 18 years old on July 1. The official language of IESO is English. The competition is organized by The Global Challenge Award, which covers costs for travel, participation, housing, and conference fees for selected students.

IESO offers a unique opportunity for students who want to learn about Earth sciences, global challenges facing the world today, and their peers in other countries. For more information or to take the online assessment, see The Global Challenge Award (

Contests Add Fun, Learning
To Earth Science Week

AGI is sponsoring three national contests during Earth Science Week 2008. The photography, visual arts, and essay contests allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and compete for prizes.

The photography contest, open to all ages, focuses on “Earth Science Beyond Your Front Door.” The visual arts contest, titled “Studying Our Earth,” is open to students in grades K-5. Finally, students in grades 6-9 are eligible to enter the essay contest: “Earth Connections.” Essays of up to 300 words should describe how natural processes are interconnected and how they affect each other where the author lives.

Entries may be submitted starting now, but all are due by the Friday of Earth Science Week, Oct. 17, 2008. The first-place prize for each contest is $300 and a copy of AGI’s “Faces of Earth” 2-DVD package. To learn more about these contests, including how to enter, visit

Explore ‘My Events Map’
For Happenings Near You

Get out of the house and away from the classroom! That’s what the “No Child Left Inside” theme of Earth Science Week 2008 (Oct. 12-18) encourages you to do. To help, AGI is launching a website to connect participants with learning opportunities off the beaten track.

Want to sign up for a geological tour in your area? Or identify a geoscience exhibit being offered nearby? The new “My Events Map” ( provides clickable links to Earth Science Week events taking place at parks, museums, science and technology centers, university geology departments, local geological societies, and other locations close to you. Expect to see more events on the map in the coming months.

If your organization is planning a special program or event for the public during Earth Science Week, please contact AGI at We’ll be happy to post the information on the new Earth Science Week 2008 My Events Map!

Weather Channel Offers
Forecast Earth Summit

To help promote environmental literacy, The Weather Channel invites high school students to enter the running to participate in the second annual Forecast Earth Summit, Dec. 5-7 in Washington, D.C.

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors of the 2008-09 school year are eligible to submit a 200-word essay outlining what they are doing to address climate change. Entry forms can be submitted online until Sunday, October 19, at the end of Earth Science Week.

Twenty students will be selected to take part in the three-day summit, which will focus on promoting environmental literacy and in-depth engagement with environmental leaders, enthusiasts, and scientists. To learn more, visit

Post Photos Online
From Earth Science Week

Want to see yourself and your students on the Earth Science Week website? Simply send us your photos from past Earth Science Week celebrations and activities, along with signed permission forms. We’ll post selected images on the Earth Science Week Photo Gallery (

By submitting a photo, you agree to allow AGI to post the image on the Earth Science Week website, without compensation unless prohibited. All submissions and all rights of ownership in and to the images, including all rights to use, reproduce, publish, modify, edit, and distribute the same will become the exclusive property of AGI and will not be returned. AGI reserves the right to edit, modify, adapt, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries without further compensation.

You can snap shots with your digital camera or cell phone, or scan regular photos for electronic transmission. JPEG files are preferred. Download permission forms at and send your photos to See you online!

View ‘Why Earth Science’
Online With Your Students

AGI’s “Why Earth Science” video is now available for free viewing online on YouTube. For an exciting introduction to the geosciences, you can’t do better than this six-and-a-half minute clip, featuring eye-popping cinematography and computer-animation highlights from AGI’s “Faces of Earth” mini-series, which aired last year on The Science Channel.

The video, an alternate version of which recently won a bronze Telly Award, is ideal for illustrating the importance of Earth science to not only students, but also education decisionmakers who may be weighing the subject’s place in the local curriculum. To view the clip, 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


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