Gator vs. Shark!

SCIENCE Even sharks—infamous predator of the sea—risk becoming prey to the American alligator. (Newsweek) Use our activity to help students create an imaginary marine ecosystem—then throw an alligator in there. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Why was it a surprise to find that American alligators are preying on sharks? They’re usually not in the … Continue reading Gator vs. Shark!

Can Artificial Glaciers Help Solve the Himalaya Water Crisis?

ENVIRONMENT Engineers hope that when the man-made sculptures melt, they will provide water in times of need. (BBC) How do communities rely on glaciers? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit Text Set, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas The BBC article and video outline one solution to the “water crisis in the Himalaya.” Why does … Continue reading Can Artificial Glaciers Help Solve the Himalaya Water Crisis?

The Vanishing Nile

ENVIRONMENT The Nile river and its fertile delta were long the source of Egypt’s wealth and greatness. Today, they face relentless assault from both land and sea. (Yale Environment 360) Navigate the anatomy of the Nile with our video and map resource. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas According to the Yale article, the … Continue reading The Vanishing Nile

A Quick Dip in the Aquifer!

By Jennifer Adler, National Geographic Young Explorer The thermometer in my car read 45° F, yet every inch of my trunk was stuffed with life jackets, masks, and snorkels. Beneath layers of fuzzy sweatshirts and leggings hid a pink bathing suit. I wasn’t the only one dressed for summer in mid-March. Forty fifth-graders from Williams Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida, also woke up and donned … Continue reading A Quick Dip in the Aquifer!

Solar-Powered Device Pulls Water from Thin Air

SCIENCE You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water molecules from air, even in low humidity. (Science) How else is solar energy being harnessed? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The great Science article … Continue reading Solar-Powered Device Pulls Water from Thin Air