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Scientific Discovery Begins with Expeditions!Over the last 100 years, our understanding of the world has evolved tremendously. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the idea of plate tectonics had not been developed, we believed that the Milky Way galaxy was the entire universe, and we never imagined that many of our planet's plant and animal life might one day become extinct. Today, we know that plate tectonics is a major force that shapes Earth's surface, that the universe stretches far beyond our galaxy, and that the biodiversity of Earth's living things is of critical importance not only to human survival, but also to the continued functioning of the Earth system.
Each year the American Museum Of Natural History scientists endeavor to gain more knowledge about these and other important subjects. They travel to places as far away as the Falkland Islands and as close as Central Park in New York City. These scientists observe, collect, and document what they find. Their observations are recorded in field journals that they can refer to again and again, long after the expeditions are over. With each careful, detailed field study, scientists add to the existing body of knowledge. Many months and sometimes years later, scientists are still analyzing the information they gathered on their expeditions and communicating their findings to other scientists and to the public.
You Are Invited!You, too, can join with scientists in exploring the world around you. The Young Naturalist Awards program invites you to plan and conduct your own scientific expedition, one that will provide original data, questions, and observations on a topic in the natural sciences. You are not expected to make a new scientific discovery. However, your expedition should provide you with a new understanding about the question you investigated. Tell us about your expedition in an essay that includes artwork and/or photographs that help to illustrate your findings
The theme is the same each year: "Scientific Discovery Begins with Expeditions!" Students choose a topic in biology, Earth science, or astronomy and take an expedition to an area where they can explore their topic.
All the forms and information you will need to enter are downloadable from this site. You may also call, write, or e-mail the Young Naturalist Awards Administrator and request a packet of materials.
Young Naturalist Awards Administrator
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