Earth Science Week Update Special Alert!

Earth Science Week 2017 Contests Announced
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Alexandria, VA - In celebration of Earth Science Week 2017, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring four contests honoring this year's theme, "Earth and Human Activity." This year's competition will feature contests in photography, visual arts, essay writing, and video production.

Students, geoscientists, and the general public are invited to participate in this year's photography contest, "Earth and Human Activity Here." Entries must be composed of original, unpublished material, and show ways people affect, or are affected by, Earth systems in their local communities.

This year's visual arts contest, "People and the Planet," is open to students in grades K-5. Can you create a picture that shows how human activities shape, and are shaped by, Earth systems? Use artwork to show "people and the planet" in the world that you know.

Students in grades 6 through 9 may participate in the essay contest. This year's essays must address the idea of "Human Interaction With Earth Systems." Focusing on one area of human life, explain how geoscience helps us to make the most of opportunities and manage challenges.

Finally, AGI invites educators and their students to enter the "Earth Connections" video contest. Individuals or teams will submit a brief, original video that tells viewers how people affect Earth systems, or how Earth systems affect people, in your part of the world.

Selected winners will be awarded for their submissions. For guidelines and details, please visit


Reaching over 50 million people annually, Earth Science Week has been led by AGI in cooperation with its sponsors and the geoscience community since 1998. Earth Science Week 2017 will be celebrated October 8-14, 2017. To learn more, please visit To order Toolkits, please visit You may also call AGI Publications to place your order at 703-379-2480.


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