Earth Day Photo Contest for Middle School Students
Win a Digital Camera by Taking a Picture of Your Changing Local Environment
Arlington, Va.-- Our planet is constantly changing. Look closely and you'll see changes on the land, in the water and in the air. Of all the seasons, changes are especially noticeable during spring, from blooming flowers to migrating birds to thunderstorms and tornadoes.
During the week of Earth Day (April 22), U.S. students in grades 5-8 can be part of a unique national effort to capture our changing world. Anytime from Tuesday April 22 through Tuesday April 29, take a photograph of something that is changing in your local environment. It could be a change occurring in your backyard, outside your school, in a local park, or off in the distance toward the horizon.
Then, research and write an explanation of the photograph (400 words or less) that answers the following questions:
- What is the change taking place in your photograph?
- What may be causing the change?
- Was the change expected?
- How might the change impact surrounding areas, including people?
- How might this picture look different in the future?
Entries will be judged by IGES staff based on relevance to topic (depiction of change in the environment), uniqueness and overall appearance of the photo, and thoroughness of the written explanation.
The top three winners will receive a digital camera, digital photo frame, and digital photo keychain, respectively. The top 10 winners will receive their photograph in a special commemorative frame. The top 50 photographs and accompanying descriptions will be published on the IGES Web site, www.strategies.org.
Entries must be received by email or postmarked by May 9, 2008. Winners will be announced on the IGES Web site on June 5, 2008.
For submission instructions, entry form, and suggestions for using this activity in the classroom, please visit: www.strategies.org/EarthDayPhoto
New This Year
IGES is collaborating with Project BudBurst, a Windows to the Universe campaign to engage students in the collection of climate change data based on the timing of leafing and flowering of trees and flowers. Tree and flower photos among the top 50 winners will be considered for posting on the Project BudBurst Web site. Windows to the Universe is an Earth and space science educational web portal of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. For more information, visit http://www.windows.ucar.edu/citizen_science/budburst/
Selected winning photos will be displayed on KidsCom.com, an online fun and educational virtual world devoted in part to teaching kids ages 8-14 about global climate change, energy efficiency and renewable resources. KidsCom.com, a certified participant of the Children's Advertising Review Unit (CARU) Kid's Privacy Safe Harbor program, encourages kids to become ambassadors of change in the real world by implementing the lessons they learn in the virtual world. For more information, visit http://www.kidscom.com/
Located in Arlington, Va., IGES was established in 1994 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by public and private entities. IGES is a trusted leader in Earth and space science education, communication and outreach, and in fostering national and international cooperation in observing the Earth.
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