11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … a new strain of “super grass” could cut methane emissions from cattle. What other animals may contribute to methane emissions?   … the moon is a more violent place than we thought. How do lunar craters go hiding in plain sight?   … The … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

Thai Shrimp Farmers Reclaim Mangrove Forests

ENVIRONMENT Communities in Thailand are restoring degraded mangrove forests to grow and harvest clean, healthy shrimp. (Al Jazeera) Download and print our guide to the mangrove ecosystem, in English or Spanish—then color one yourself! Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Questions According to the great article from Al Jazeera, Thai aquacultural communities are planting mangrove trees … Continue reading Thai Shrimp Farmers Reclaim Mangrove Forests

How Chinese Refugees Saved the Sweet Potato

FOOD In the 1940s, Joe and Fay Gock fled to New Zealand from China. In the best video you’ll watch all week, see how they repaid their host country by rescuing a staple crop—the sweet potato—after a disease ravaged much of the country’s supply. (The Atlantic) Use our sweet, sweet map layer to see where sweet potatoes are being produced. We have two teaching strategies … Continue reading How Chinese Refugees Saved the Sweet Potato

Educator Spotlight: Flowers for Nat Geo’s Birthday

Danielle Harootian and Dawn Fornari, this week’s Educators of the Week, stoke their students’ creativity through hands-on projects that explore diverse themes. They teach floriculture—a discipline of horticulture sometimes called “flower farming”—at Bristol County Agricultural High School in Dighton, Massachusetts.  Activity: Design Nat Geo’s Birthday Party Grade Level: 9-12 Time Commitment: 2-3 weeks Tell me a little bit about your school. Our school is an agricultural … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Flowers for Nat Geo’s Birthday

13 Things We Learned this Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … how to sign the Declaration of Independence—in a founding father’s handwriting.     … how to cut the perfect slice of pizza. Or, at least, a much more complex one.     … giraffes did NOT evolve long necks to reach treetop greenery.   … Continue reading 13 Things We Learned this Week!