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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Two of the biggest Science YouTubers come out and respond to hate comments with a healthy dose of science education! Happy upcoming World Pride!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.