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Learn How 16 GeoChallenge Teams Tackled Plastic Pollution—and How Your Students Can Too!

This past May, 16 teams traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in the final round of the National Geographic GeoChallenge, a project-based competition that empowers students in grades four through eight to develop creative solutions to today’s urgent environmental problems. The Tackling Plastic! GeoChallenge invited students to investigate the issue of plastic pollution in our waterways and develop creative solutions. The 2019-2020 GeoChallenge is now … Continue reading Learn How 16 GeoChallenge Teams Tackled Plastic Pollution—and How Your Students Can Too!

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Building Student Empathy Around the Plastic Pollution Crisis

Justine Ammendolia is a marine biologist, a National Geographic Explorer, and, for a brief time, an expert in bird poop. It all began in 2014 when she traveled to Greenland with a grant from National Geographic to study the feeding habits of arctic seabirds. Unable to locate their food source, Ammendolia began looking in the next best place: their poop. That’s when she found something … Continue reading Building Student Empathy Around the Plastic Pollution Crisis

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Educator Spotlight: Examining the Impact of Keystone Species

Wendy Threatt’s fourth-grade class learned about keystone species extinction by conducting research, hosting a guest speaker, and watching a video about a wildlife photographer. Students demonstrated their learning by creating keystone arches to identify connections between animals in an ecosystem. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Examining the Impact of Keystone Species

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Meet the Team: The Navigators

During the 2018-19 school year, teams of middle schoolers tackled the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways with the National Geographic GeoChallenge. First-place teams from sixteen regional competitions traveled to the 2019 Geo Championships in Washington, D.C. in May 2019. This blog series introduces you to each of those teams in their own words.* Registration for the 2019-2020 #NatGeoChallenge is open! Register at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge. Meet … Continue reading Meet the Team: The Navigators