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Snow Day Science Projects for Kids!

Here in Vermont, most school children are enjoying a weather-related day off from school. Many parents and caregivers are enjoying the challenge—how do I keep these kids entertained?

How To Gain STEM Success with Citizen Science in the Classroom!

One way to get kids interested in science is by letting them do science. Discoveries made are discoveries remembered! This might seem hard—after all, how can fifth graders contribute to actual scientific fields of knowledge? With citizen science!

 

 

Happy Cephalopod Week!

Common squid from the Belgian continental shelf. Photo credit: Hans Hillewaert

What’s a cephalopod and why do we devote a week to celebrating it? Cephalopods are marine creatures of the molluscan class Cephalopoda and include octopi, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. These are pretty strange looking creatures, and they are also extremely capable. For example, you can watch videos of an octopus opening a glass jar with a screw-top lid from the inside. There are also instances of octopi travelling across land in search of food.

Wooly Mammoth: Yea or Nay?

Bioengineering is a pretty exciting topic. Yes, it’s also a controversial one, but it offers great fodder for classroom discussion!

Take this question, for example. Should wooly mammoths be brought back from extinction through genetic engineering? This is an important question, because now, scientists are closer than ever to being able to make this a reality.

How to Bring Henrietta Leavitt to Your Classroom or Homeschool!

Henrietta Leavitt helped reveal what the galaxy really looks like!

This is the last day of March, and Women’s History Month is drawing to a close. Let’s take this opportunity to learn about one of the unsung heroes of astronomy, Henrietta Swan Leavitt.

Telling the Climate Change Story

 

A guest blog by Nomad Press authors Erin Twamley and Joshua Sneideman

Time for Some Citizen Science!

Are you a citizen scientist? What have you discovered lately?

Kids can be citizen scientists, too!

photo credit: United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Discover Homo Naledi

The human family tree got a little bigger last week! Scientists discovered pieces of 15 different skeletons in a cave in South Africa that belong to a new species of human ancestor that has been named homo naledi.

 

Using 3-D imagery, researchers can make a model of the complete skull of homo naledi.

ART BY STEFAN FICHTEL. SOURCES: LEE BERGER AND PETER SCHMID, WITS; JOHN HAWKS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON 

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day!

Ban Ignorance--Not Honey Bees!

The honey bees have been in the news quite a bit the past several years. Usually, their fame is a result of their sudden disappearance. But this month, we're celebrating National Honey Bee Day!

 

Hello Pluto!

Today’s a good day to be an earthling. Sure, we’ve still got war, famine, drought, and melting glaciers, but today we’ve also got pictures of Pluto.

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