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A Graduation Celebration to Remember

At 17,500 feet of elevation, two young scientists celebrated the graduation of a lifetime at the top of Mount Everest.  For a few months in 2019, Heather Clifford and Laura Mattas were part of a scientific expedition led by the National Geographic Society and Tribhuvan University, and supported in partnership with Rolex that was the most comprehensive single scientific expedition to Mt. Everest in history. The … Continue reading A Graduation Celebration to Remember

Educator Spotlight: Anybody Can Be A Scientist!

Katie Spear, this week’s Educator of the Week, uses this lesson to expose her students to the idea that anyone can be a scientist. Katie is a 5th-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary in San Leandro, California. Activity: What Do Scientists Do? Grade Level: 5 Time Commitment: 1 Month Inspiring Future Scientists To start the year, I teach a unit focused on the behaviors of a … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Anybody Can Be A Scientist!

Some Scientists Dress Up All Year

SCIENCE It’s Halloween year-round for some wildlife researchers, who don costumes to get closer to the animals they’re working to save. (National Geographic News) Use our resources to see panda researchers in their natural environment. Teachers, scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Read the delightful Nat Geo News article about scientists who wear … Continue reading Some Scientists Dress Up All Year

Media Monday: 5 Ways to Celebrate Citizen Science at Birthday Parties

A couple years ago, I celebrated a milestone birthday at the 2012 BioBlitz.  The BioBlitz took place at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. I’d never been to that part of the U.S. before, and exploring the park was the best way to get a feel for the Rockies. I’ll never forget looking out at the mountains, seeing elk wander in the woods, and learning first-hand how … Continue reading Media Monday: 5 Ways to Celebrate Citizen Science at Birthday Parties

There’s a Castle in Washington, D.C.?

Little known fact: the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. is celebrating 168 years! It’s true, as you can see in This Day in Geographic History. The Smithsonian Institution is a great place to visit. Museum entry is free, and the museums are open 364 days of the year (only closed on Christmas)! Exhibits have something for everyone, and the people who work there are brains worth picking . . . Not everyone … Continue reading There’s a Castle in Washington, D.C.?