Earth Science Week Focuses on Careers

“Discovering Careers in the Geosciences” is the theme of Earth Science Week 2012, which is an annual event that promotes scientific understanding of our planet.

A poster promoting activities being held Oct. 14-20 is inserted in U.S. addresses of this issue at page 11.

The theme of ESW 2012 aims to boost awareness about the geosciences and the many exciting career and job opportunities in the field.

Among the events are three national contests, including:

A photography contest for students, geologists and the general public, with the images representing “Earth Science is a Big Job.” Entries must be composed of original, unpublished material, and capture how Earth scientists work in the community.

A visual arts contest, “Imagine Me, An Earth Scientist!” is open to students in grades K-5. Use artwork to imagine yourself as an Earth scientist! What would you study? How would you gather information? And what tools would you use?

Students in grades 6 through 9 can participate in the essay contest addressing the idea of “Geoscientists Working Together.”

Submissions will be judged by a panel of geoscientists on creativity, relevance and focus on the topic. Selected winners will be awarded for their submissions.

The ESW program, launched by the American Geological Institute in 1998, encourages a “grass roots” effort for the geosciences community to publicize the event, distribute teaching materials and provide guidance for those interested in participating in ESW.

Earth Science Week is organized annually by AGI with support from the AAPG Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, the U.S. National Park Service, ExxonMobil, ESRI and others.

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