Why Schools Should Start Classes Later!

Most children hate waking up early for school, and school start times seem to be getting earlier and earlier. How is this affecting these kids? Tara takes a look at how starting school early could be severely hurting students’ academic performance!

via DNews.

The colossal consequences of supervolcanoes

In 1816, Europe and North America were plagued by heavy rains, odd-colored snow, famines, strange fogs and very cold weather well into June. Though many people believed it to be the apocalypse, this “year without a summer” was actually the result of a supervolcano eruption that happened one year earlier over 1,000 miles away. Alex Gendler describes the history and science of these epic eruptions.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-colossal-consequences-of-supervolcanoes-alex-gendler

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Andrew Foerster.

via TED-Ed.

A brief history of religion in art

Before we began putting art into museums, art mostly served as the visual counterpart to religious stories. Are these theological paintings, sculptures, textiles and illuminations from centuries ago still relevant to us? Jeremiah Dickey describes the evolution of art in the public eye and explains how the modern viewer can see the history of art as an ongoing global conversation.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-brief-history-of-religion-in-art-ted-ed

Lesson and animation by TED-Ed.

via TED-Ed.

Why aren’t we only using solar power?

Solar power is cheaper and more sustainable than our current coal-fueled power plants, so why haven’t we made the switch? The real culprits here are the clouds, which make solar power difficult to control. Alexandros George Charalambides explains how solar towers and panels create electricity and how scientists are trying to create a system that can function even under cloud cover.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-aren-t-we-only-using-solar-power-alexandros-george-charalambides

Lesson by Alexandros George Charalambides, animation by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC.

via TED-Ed.

How bees help plants have sex

Plants have a hard time finding mates — their inability to get up and move around tends to inhibit them. Luckily for plants, bees and other pollinator species (including butterflies, moths and birds) help matchmake these lonely plants in exchange for food. Fernanda S. Valdovinos explains how these intricate pollination networks work and how it can all change from one season to the next.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-bees-help-plants-have-sex-fernanda-s-valdovinos

Lesson by Fernanda S. Valdovinos, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio.

via TED-Ed.

Ian Leslie on Why we Must Continue to Learn and be Curious

Watch author Ian Leslie as he asks what feeds curiosity and what starves it. Revealing that curiosity is not a gift, but a habit that parents, schools, workplaces and individuals need to nurture if it is to thrive.

via The RSA.

Education, Research, and Government in the Ancient Greek World

What is the purpose of education ? In the ancient societies have answered this question in different ways, shaping the futures of those societies. Different types of education in the ancient Greek world will be considered.

What is the purpose of education, who should provide it and who is its primary beneficiary: the person educated, or society as a whole? In the ancient as well as in the modern world, societies have answered these questions in different ways, shaping the futures of those societies. Different types of education in the ancient Greek world will be considered, focussing on the special relationship between education and democracy: do democracies foster education because it is a benefit for the masses, or because government by the uneducated is disastrous for everyone?

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College Website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/education-research-and-government-in-the-ancient-greek-world

Duration: 53:52

via Gresham College.

Building alliances with clergy and religious communities

Reaching out across religious boundaries can be scary for science education advocates. Humanists, atheists, and the nonreligious can feel unsure how to approach clergy or religious communities, while the religious among us can find it awkward discussing religious issues with members of other denominations and religions.

To help navigate those issues, a panel of experts in interfaith outreach led this interactive online training. Panelists: Peter Hess, NCSE’s Director of Outreach to Religious Communities; Sally Bingham, of Interfaith Power and Light; and Chris Stedman, a Humanist chaplain at Harvard and Yale Universities. Where: Online. When: March 26, 2014

Duration: 01:11:26

via National Center for Science Education.

Tycho Brahe, the scandalous astronomer

If you think scientists lead boring, monotonous lives, you must not know about Tycho Brahe. The 16th century astronomer who accurately predicted planetary motion led quite a dramatic life — complete with a kidnapping, a sword duel and even a clairvoyant dwarf. Dan Wenkel dives into the history behind this sensational scientist, explaining how he continued to inspire intrigue even after his death.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/tycho-brahe-the-scandalous-astronomer-dan-wenkel

Lesson by Dan Wenkel, animation by Andrew Nam.

via TED-Ed.

Learning Space №57: Telescopes to Tanzania

Invest in the future of children’s astronomy education in Tanzania! This week we’ll be talking with Chuck and Susan Ruehle, the founders of Telescopes to Tanzania (TtT, TtT@astrowb.org). TtT has been working in Northern Tanzania since 2010. It focuses on using telescopes and astronomy to provide a hands-on methodology for teaching math, science, and geography.

Duration: 01:00:20

via Astrosphere Vids.

Why do honeybees love hexagons?

Honeybees are some of nature’s finest mathematicians. Not only can they calculate angles and comprehend the roundness of the earth, these smart insects build and live in one of the most mathematically efficient architectural designs around: the beehive. Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson delve into the very smart geometry behind the honeybee’s home.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-do-honeybees-love-hexagons-zack-patterson-and-andy-peterson

Lesson by Zack Patterson and Andy Peterson, animation by TED-Ed.

via TED-Ed.

Using the National Climate Assessment in Classrooms and Communities

How will climate change affect our communities? How can we evaluate news stories about the effects of climate change in your area? What can you do to reach out to your local media and educators, to encourage them to explore the local impacts of climate change? And how can you use the National Climate Assessment as a resource and guide? Our expert panel—Minda Berbeco, Emily Cloyd, Paige Knappenberger, and Amanda Rycerz hash through these and other issues.

Duration: 56:23

via National Center for Science Education.

Activist workshop №6: Debunking and confronting science denial

How should we respond when a TV weathercaster says climate change isn’t happening, or a school board member says evolution shouldn’t be taught? Our panel of experts— Shauna Theel, John Cook, and Josh Rosenau—discuss resources and the techniques they’ve found effective in combating denial.

Duration: 01:13:06

via National Center for Science Education.