Pluto: Name that Planet

SCIENCE Princess Leia! Octavia Butler! RIPLEY! The International Astronomical Union has approved themes submitted by NASA’s New Horizons team for naming surface features on Pluto and its moons. Gallifrey! Spock! Mordor! (NASA) How did NASA set its horizons on our favorite dwarf planet? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Note to teachers: You’ll definitely want … Continue reading Pluto: Name that Planet

11 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at This week, we learned … … how to terraform Mars. What materials are necessary to terraform Mars?What materials are necessary to terraform Mars? How would terraforming a planet determine what organisms could be introduced there?   … pre-K might not be all it’s cracked up to be. What are your … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week!

Our Urban Future in Film

By Ryan Schleeter, National Geographic More than 50% of the world’s population already lives in cities, and this number is expected to grow to a whopping 70% by 2050. More and more people move to the world’s fastest-growing cities each day—Karachi, Pakistan; Shenzhen and Beijing, China; Lagos, Nigeria; and Bangkok, Thailand, lead the list. Most of these migrants move from rural areas to megacities, not … Continue reading Our Urban Future in Film

Beyond the Pistol Print-Out

TECHNOLOGY Beyond the Pistol Print-Out This week a 25-year-old law student made international headlines when he used a 3-D printer to “print out” a functional .38-caliber pistol. It was a demonstration that not only sparked a lively debate on gun control, but also threw a spotlight on a vibrant, fast-developing manufacturing technology that could change the shape of the future. In this video, former teacher … Continue reading Beyond the Pistol Print-Out

Internet connections: Are we more globally interconnected?

Subscribe to this blog’s feed Photo courtesy of  Last week I found a comment posted on a June, 2006 entry titled: “World Party.” In the initial post, we described an innovative international school in Seattle that promotes global citizenship through a wide range of activities, including participation in “World Party Day.” In his comment, Gerry Owens directed readers to a Wikipedia article on “World … Continue reading Internet connections: Are we more globally interconnected?