Cherokee Charter Academy sixth grader Mason Port is first place winner in the 2013 Earth Science Week nationwide essay contest.
For the past 15 years, the American Geosciences Institute has organized the event “to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.”
This year’s Earth Science Week theme was “Mapping Our World.” Students in grades 6-9 wrote essays of up to 300 words about how geoscientists use maps.
Mason’s essay explains how seismologists and engineers use fault maps to understand potential earthquake hazards. Read his essay here: