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Educator Spotlight: Comparing Global Biomes

Kevin Rohn’s sixth-graders applied the scientific process to investigate and compare locations around the world. Each student used an interactive world biome map to select two locations, develop a question about them, and answer the question based on data from the map. Students then shared their findings by designing infographics. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Comparing Global Biomes

Beyond the Bones: Why Homo naledi belongs in every science classroom

In my last blog post, I left you hanging with two scientific issues regarding Homo naledi—first was its age and second was seeing if all those fossils actually got into the Dinaledi chamber by way of the same 8-inch “chute” that the underground astronauts used to access the chamber. Upon the announcement of the Homo naledi discovery in 2015, one frustration for many people was … Continue reading Beyond the Bones: Why Homo naledi belongs in every science classroom

Liquid Cats and Crocodile Gambling

SCIENCE Are cats liquid or solid? That’s the kind of question that could win a scientist an Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize that honors research that “makes people laugh, then think.” (Smithsonian and Science) Make no mistake: This is not Bad Science. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Ig Nobel … Continue reading Liquid Cats and Crocodile Gambling

Planet Nine from Outer Space!

SCIENCE A planet larger than Earth could be hiding in the cold, dark depths of our solar system. SO EXCITING!!!! (Nat Geo News) What is a planet, anyway? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The good folks over at Caltech probably discovered a planet lurking in the “cold, dark … Continue reading Planet Nine from Outer Space!

‘Sea Monster’ Caught in Australia

SCIENCE Frilled sharks are rarely seen denizens of the deep that resemble their dinosaur-era ancestors. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to learn more about some dinosaur-era “Sea Monsters.” Teachers, scroll down for a coloring page and a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read our activity “Sea Monsters: Unpack the Evidence.” Review its central questions and concepts: What is evidence? … Continue reading ‘Sea Monster’ Caught in Australia