The American Geological Society is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2009. Essays should focus on the theme “Climate Connects.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed, and formatted to fit on one page. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 16, 2009.