Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See

Lyanne Abreu connected her urban students with the natural world around them through a challenge offered by the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. Students learned about native and migratory bird species in South Florida and collected data, making observations at specific sites and documenting their findings in journals. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Developing the Patience to See

13-Year-Old Discovers Treasure Tied To Danish King

WORLD An amateur archaeologist and a 13-year-old student discovered a thousand-year-old treasure on an island in the Baltic Sea. The treasure might be tied to Harald Bluetooth, the famous king who united Denmark. (NPR) Where else have citizen scientists discovered Viking treasure? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Citizen scientists armed with metal detectors discovered … Continue reading 13-Year-Old Discovers Treasure Tied To Danish King

Florida’s Flamingos Were Hiding in Plain Sight

ENVIRONMENT It turns out that Florida’s prettiest pinkos are natives of the Sunshine State after all. (National Geographic) Learn more about American flamingos with the Photo Ark! Discussion Ideas What is the species range of the American flamingo? Until recently, the species range of the American flamingo was thought to be mostly in the countries of the Caribbean—hence the bird’s other name, the Caribbean flamingo. … Continue reading Florida’s Flamingos Were Hiding in Plain Sight

Supernova Spotting is for Amateurs

SCIENCE With a simple telescope and camera, a citizen scientist has helped professional astronomers witness the never-before-seen beginnings of a star’s explosive death. (Scientific American) Learn more about supernova baby pictures with our Q&A resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research describes the “shock breakout phase” of a supernova. What is a supernova? … Continue reading Supernova Spotting is for Amateurs

Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered in Dirt

SCIENCE A new class of microorganisms kills drug-resistant “superbugs”—and lives in dirt. (Washington Post) Learn more about antibiotics and the biotics they target with our Q&A here. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas New research outlines the discovery of a new strain of antibiotics found in dirt. What are antibiotics? Use our resource here for … Continue reading Potentially Powerful New Antibiotic Discovered in Dirt