From AGI, 04/17/2015 -- In celebration of Earth Science Week 2015, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is sponsoring three national contests honoring this year's theme, "Visualizing Earth Systems." This year's competitions will feature a photography contest, a visual arts contest, and an essay contest.
National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each spring around the time of Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. This year, EE Week looks at how science can help us better understand the natural world with the theme Surrounded by Science, part of their continuing series on Greening STEM.
In the upcoming weeks NASA will be printing the first ever 3D printed object aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the 3D Print in Zero-G Technology Demonstration. In general, a 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on layer to create 3 dimensional objects.
This year, AGI is partnering with AGU, GSA, and AIPG for the 2014 "Life in the Field" photo contest. We are looking for any and all Geoscience photos displaying your student's dedicated efforts and research. Any photos that show what life as a geoscientist is like are welcome. Various prizes from the involved geoscience societies will be awarded to the entrants of the first, second, and third place photos. We request your help in promoting contest participation from your department's students, but faculty entries are encouraged as well.
The Schuylkill Action Network is using street art and a new contest to show students how to prevent water pollution.
Children in kindergarten through high school have until Feb. 28 to enter the Schuylkill Students Street Art Contest. To enter they must submit a drawing, video or both to the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, a founding member of the SAN. All entries should show others how to keep pollution out of storm drains. Those who win will see their work transform into street art surrounding a local inlet.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Environmental Education Foundation have launched a new video contest that asks middle school students to produce a short video about why they care about climate change and what they are doing about it. Winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website and the top 3 entries will receive cool prizes like a solar charging backpack. The first 100 contestants to enter will also receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine.
Bring technology and creativity into your high school geography classes by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video contest into your syllabi. Challenge your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 21, 2014.
Endangered Species Day - May 16, 2014
Endangered Species Youth Art Contest - deadline March 15, 2014
President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law on December 28, 1973. Our legislators understood that, without protection from human actions, many of our nation's living resources would become extinct. NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) share responsibility for implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The first-ever White House Student Film Festival invites K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one to three minute short web videos. This festival hopes to highlight the importance of technology in the classroom while imagining how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future. Finalists in this festival could have their videos screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and posted on the White House website.