Enter to Win Cool Contests for Earth Science Week 2015!

  • Jul 27, 2015

Earth Science

In celebration of Earth Science Week 2015, teachers and students K-12 are invited to take part in essay, photography and visual arts competitions, courtesy of the American Geosciences Institute.

A big thank you to our friends at NASA Education for making us aware of these opportunities to explore science through art, and maybe win a prize!

The deadline for submission to all three contests is October 16, 2015:

Open to: All educators and students
Theme: “Earth Systems Interacting”
Photographs should show at least one Earth system affecting another Earth system in your community. Pictured (right) is last year’s winning photo, from Eva Jasinski, depicting the influence of Earth systems upon one another and the theme “Connections in My Community”.
Official contest site

Open to: Students K-5
Theme: “Picturing Earth Systems”
Submit an original 2-D visual arts project that shows how land, water, air and living things affect each other.
Official contest site

Open to: Students grades 6-9
Theme: “Earth System Visualization Today”
In 300 words or less, explain one way that geoscientists’ use of cutting-edge visualization is advancing Earth science today.
Official contest site

Now get busy!

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

Earth Science

Free Online Film Course from Ball State University and Turner Classic Movies!

  • May 21, 2015



Want to spend some time becoming an expert in classic cinema this summer?

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and Ball State University have partnered to bring you Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir, a free online study of the hard-boiled Hollywood crime drama set to run concurrently with TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” programming event, airing 24 hours of films noir every Friday in June and July.

The course is open to movie lovers of all ages, and will be taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., Executive Director of Ball State’s iLearn Research and a recognized film noir expert. “As an educator I am excited to coordinate Ball State’s learning opportunities with TCM’s programming efforts to present students with a rare opportunity to engage with the material and genre,” Edwards says. “With ‘Summer of Darkness,’ we can bring together a worldwide community of film noir students, to investigate and discuss these great films in depth.”

Turner Classic Movies is DIRECTV channel 256.

For more information, or to enroll, visit the Investigating Film Noir web site.

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—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio