Starting in 1970, Earth Day was created to celebrate environmental protection efforts all over the U.S. Now it is observed in over 190 countries and is the largest secular holiday in the world! To help you make the most of this day with your students, we gathered some awesome Earth Day activities that are hands-on and interactive while also reinforcing environmentally friendly concepts such as recycling, pollution and composting. Check out these activities below to try in the classroom or even in your home!
On August 25, 2016 The National Park Service will be turning 100 years old. To get ready for this huge milestone in the organization’s history, they have been partnering with institutions across the country on different programs, events and activities to help increase awareness and support for America’s 407 national parks. Now more than ever, it’s important we encourage students to go outdoors and explore everything that nature has to offer and thanks to the National Park Service, we have been able to do that for almost 100 years.
We all know Bill Nye is not shy about sharing his opinions on controversial subjects, and his views on climate change are no different. In an interview with National Geographic a couple of weeks ago he discussed a type of engineering that could have the potential to combat climate change in a major way.
In the very first issue of Headline Discoveries, released in the spring of 2004, we wrote about the exciting news of the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, landing just months before in January of that year. In an extended article, within the same issue, we expanded on the rovers’ missions, spacecraft features, as well as conditions on the rusty red planet. Remarkably, as of the writing of this article, Opportunity continues to generate power from its solar panels and traverse the Martian terrain even 11.5 years later!
Anyone who’s gotten sticky hands from picking dandelions is familiar with the milky liquid they produce. This liquid is latex, a compound that can be processed to make rubber, and scientists are working to take this latex and turn it into tires.