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The Science of Garbage

What do your students know about garbage? Standards-based, 5-day lesson plan from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Learn More 00000

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Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?

Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how the leaves of deciduous trees perform their annual chameleon act, changing from various shades of green to hues of bronze, orange and brilliant red. Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color? Wonderful video on … Continue reading

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What is Wind?

Wind is everywhere- the air is constantly moving, sometimes gently, sometimes violently. Find out how pressure, temperature and rotation of the earth come together to make wind. 00000

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Fracking fallout: 7.9 million at risk of man-made earthquakes

People in parts of Colorado now face the same earthquake risk as those in California. Government scientists believe these quakes are mostly triggered by human activity, primarily the disposal of waste water as part of oil and natural gas drilling. Learn … Continue reading

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NEW Environmental Issues Forums

The North American Association for Environmental Education has launched a new program. Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) provides tools, training, and support for engaging adults and students in meaningful, productive discussions about sticky issues that affect the environment and communities. Climate Choices: … Continue reading

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The Sun’s surprising movement across the sky

Suppose you placed a camera at a fixed position, took a picture of the sky at the same time every day for an entire year, and overlaid all of the photos on top of each other. What would the sun … Continue reading

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The Science of Snowflakes

One could say that snowflakes are simply frozen water — but if you compare a snowflake to an ice cube, you’ll notice a big difference. Why are all snowflakes six-sided? Why are none of them exactly the same? And how … Continue reading

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ESRI Atlas for a Changing Planet

This single story map contains live web maps on a variety of themes – population density, forest cover, bioclimates, sea level rise, temperature, and much more, and thus can serve as a starting point for numerous investigations and discussions in … Continue reading

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My invention that made peace with lions

In the Maasai community where Richard Turere lives with his family, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions … Continue reading

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National Geographic Science Resources

Ideas, activities and lessons – Hundreds of digital teaching resources ranging from pdf educator guides to full blown lessons plans. Amazing videos – One of the largest video collections on YouTube, the National Geographic channel is a go to source for high … Continue reading

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