"Year on Earth" Challenge

Yoe On Sunday, December 3, at 5:00 p.m., a special program titled “A Year on Earth” will air on the Discovery Kids Channel, and Discovery has created a special classroom project so that students in a select number of classrooms can be actively involved in the experience.

"A Year on Earth" chronicles the adventures of three American teens: Jamie Fiel, 18, Arsen Ewing, 17, and Tyler Robinson, 16, who have little in common except for a shared concern that time is running out for endangered species and ecosystems in decline. Nominated by their respective science teachers, the teens join Earthwatch research projects around the globe to discover how ordinary people can get involved. They study the most pressing environmental issues of our time, working alongside leading researchers who explore the ecological effects of global warming, the decline of coral reefs, the impact of deforestation, and more. The three teens in the show chronicle their experiences through video and blogs as they visit the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia.

If you are interested in involving your class in this environmental adventure, we’re looking for 8 classrooms to help us create a global map of the Year on Earth project.  Using unitedstreaming resources, Google Earth, and other research tools in your classroom, students in each classroom selected for this project will create a full “Country Study” of one of the countries featured on the show.   Each country study may include:
- Google Earth Pin
- Research information that includes:
- Demographics
- Primary Industry
- Cultural review including links, major events,
- Historical timeline of at least 5 major events in the country’s history
- Any other creative ideas that your class deems important

If you would like to involve the students in your classroom, please send an e-mail with the subject line of “Year on Earth” to betsy_whalen@discovery.com

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