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
WORLD Six types of trash? What may sound like a lot of fuss over garbage has become second nature among Germans, the world’s recycling champions. (New York Times) Use our resources to get some ideas about recycling and other ways of going green. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. … Continue reading Where Are Citizens Recycling?
WORLD The newest trains on the U-Bahn, Berlin’s busy subway system, first rolled out before the Berlin Wall was constructed. (The Atlantic CityLab) How does the U-Bahn serve Berlin? Take a look through our GeoStory on public transportation for some guidance. Discussion Ideas Why has the city of Berlin decided to dust off its classic Cold War-era subway cars, nicknamed ‘Doras’? According to CityLab, “Berlin … Continue reading Cold War Transport Rolls into Berlin
Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Tuesday, August 9 TDIGH: International Day for the World’s Indigenous Peoples The United Nations created this day in 1994 to promote and protect … Continue reading Looking Ahead: This Week in Geographic History, August 8-14
How can planting a tree save an orangutan? That is the same question we asked our friends at Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) when we heard about their Tree Planting Project—and the answer will amaze you. Below is a great explanation from Barbara Bichler, director of School Projects for BOS in Germany: Located in the Indonesian part of central Borneo, Mawas is an area of 309,000 hectares—twice … Continue reading How Can Planting a Tree Save an Orangutan?