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Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Blade Shepherd-Jones led students through a hands-on study of the hazards of marine debris. Students explored the effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on the marine animals native to the Hawaiian islands and their beachfront community. Their study culminated in student-led nature clean-ups, after which students made sculptures from debris depicting animals affected by marine pollution. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Explorer magazine announces special issue devoted to women in science

A scientist who changed the way the world sees chimpanzees. A linguist who explored the Puno region of Peru in search of a new language. A 16-year-old explorer who skied across the South Pole, unaided and unassisted. What do these people have in common? All are women. National Geographic Explorer magazine’s January-February 2019 issue tells the tales of these three enterprising women—primatologist Jane Goodall, linguist Sandhya … Continue reading Explorer magazine announces special issue devoted to women in science

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Meet Vicki Phillips

Vicki Phillips is an educational consultant dedicated to engaging and amplifying educator voices. She has held leadership positions across the country—at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Portland (Oregon) Public Schools. Phillips was recently a keynote speaker at the National Geographic Education Summit, where we had a chance to speak with her. This interview has been edited and condensed. … Continue reading Meet Vicki Phillips

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11 Things We Learned This Week

This week, we learned … … ballerinas of color are finally getting the shoes they deserve. Read of the week! What science guy invented a new kind of point shoe?   … not all kilograms are created equal. This isn’t the first time an SI unit has been defined and redefined.   … the “magic work” of artificial intelligence is really the hard work of … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

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Curiosity is Contagious with Stephanie Harvey and Explorer Magazine

Dear Educators, We’ve partnered with National Geographic Education Fellow and literacy expert Stephanie Harvey to review and improve Explorer magazine, our classroom resource for students grades K-5/6. In partnering with Stephanie, we’ve produced a four-part video series that takes a deep dive into Explorer and its supplementary features. In the third video of the series, “Curiosity is Contagious”, Stephanie demonstrates how Explorer magazine is a … Continue reading Curiosity is Contagious with Stephanie Harvey and Explorer Magazine