ENVIRONMENT The theme for World Environment Day is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” We can get you started with these family-friendly tips. (National Geographic) Planet or plastic? Use our resources to help make the decision, and take the plastic pledge. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas 1. Straws Suck: Help your kids swap out the disposable straws … Continue reading 10 Ways to Beat Plastic Pollution!
SCIENCE If the famous cryptid exists, this eDNA hunt ought to find evidence—but if not, scientists will still gain valuable ecological data. (National Geographic) What is the Loch Ness Monster? What is eDNA? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas A new genetic study aims … Continue reading Scientists Sift for DNA … of the Loch Ness Monster
ENVIRONMENT Scroll through how tons of trash travels from inland trash heaps to oceanic garbage patches. (National Geographic) Use our terrific activities to follow the “tremendous travels of trash” and the “perils of plastic.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How does so much trash end up in the middle of the ocean? directly. Trash … Continue reading What Happens to the Plastic We Throw Away?
SCIENCE Scientists are warning of “ballistic rocks” hurled from Kilauea’s crater. So, steer clear of the erupting volcano, people. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about craters and the lava lakes they sometimes hold. Discussion Ideas Scientists warn that if the lava lake at Halema’uma’u falls below the water table, the generally gentle Kilauea volcano may get explosive. What is a lava … Continue reading Explosive Volcano? Just Add Water
SCIENCE A gem-studded meteorite that fell in Sudan offers clues about the protoplanets that likely existed in our solar system’s violent past. (National Geographic) What are meteorites? Use our resource to learn more. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Ten years ago, amateur and professional astronomers tracked a meteoroid headed to Earth. Then, they tracked … Continue reading Diamonds from Space Hint at a Long-Lost Planet