12 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 … … the surprising story of the Muslim tamale king of the Old West.   … it’s Sami v. Somaliland in a World Cup for the stateless.   … that Maori ’emotiki’ will soon join the emoji crowd with emoticons to express cultural concepts like the … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!

Mexico City is Crowdsourcing its Constitution

WORLD Mexico is launching a big experiment in democracy that promises to turn people’s ideas into the new law of the land. (Fusion) How have everyday people contributed to democratic ideas in the United States? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas In a bold move intended to involve more … Continue reading Mexico City is Crowdsourcing its Constitution

Five Cities That Are Leading the Way in Urban Innovation

WORLD From skyline gondolas to downtown “pink zones,” urban planners around the world are redefining what cities can be. (Wall Street Journal) Use our resources to learn more about the challenges of urban planning. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Read through the questions in our “Housing in Jaipur” study guide. What are … Continue reading Five Cities That Are Leading the Way in Urban Innovation

What Cities Have the Most Polluted Air?

UNITED STATES The American Lung Association’s ‘state of the air’ report finds 166 million Americans living with unsafe levels of air pollution. (Guardian) Use our activity to better understand air quality and factors that contribute to air pollution. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Read through our terrific activity, “Measuring Air Quality,” … Continue reading What Cities Have the Most Polluted Air?

How Geography Impacts Flu Outbreaks

HEALTH The physical geography of cities—in particular, the differences between a city’s urban core and its suburban periphery—may help guide public health planning. (Pacific Standard) Use our activity to learn how researchers can map an epidemic—or stop one from happening. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research focuses on the connection between physical geography … Continue reading How Geography Impacts Flu Outbreaks