ESW and IYPE - Family Energy Festival at HMNS

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  Houston Geological Society's
Earth Science Week
International Year of Planet Earth Activities

October 11, 2008

           Annual Family Energy Festival 

             Houston Museum of Natural Science
             Saturday, October 11, 2008,   
             11:30pm- 4:00pm

 Join us for the annual Family Energy Festival at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The festival will include the Energy Passport Contest, an Earth Science themed Cake Contest, hands-on demonstrations,  Scout badge activities,  and other great programs. Please join us and bring your family and friends!

Cost: Activities in the museum are included in the price of the regular museum admissions ticket.

Volunteers: please contact Martha McRae at

Family festivities will begin at the museum at 11:30am Sat,  with the Energy Passport Contest and Planet Earth Cake Contest.  Many different hands-on demonstrations and activities will be open through out the main museum halls.  After the participants have collected enough "stamps" to fill out their Energy Passports, they can turn it in for great prizes to take home. 
The American Geological Institute's Earth Science Week is a national program to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.   Earth Science Week annual celebration is the second week in October. 
If you would like to find out more about the ESW National Art and Essay Contest and ESW in general please follow this link:
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The aim of the International Year of Planet Earth is to demonstrate new and exciting ways in which Earth sciences can help future generations meet the challenges involved in ensuring a safer and more prosperous world. The goal of the Year is to recognize and draw attention to the benefits of the earth sciences for society. The United Nations proclaimed the year 2008 as the official Internal Year of Planet Earth. 

The Earth Science Cake Contest, sponsored by the IYPE, will display fantastic cakes created by local bakeries. Cakes will be judged on best representation of the Earth sciences, creativity, and taste. After the judging (around noon), everyone can enjoy the cakes. For more information on the cake contest, contact

If you would like to learn more about IYPE, please follow these links:                      
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Hey Teachers!      Earth Science Week Teacher Kits
October 11th, 2008 11:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
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