Kids Against Pollution – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

During the 2018-19 school year, teams of middle schoolers tackled the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways with the National Geographic GeoChallenge. First-place teams from sixteen regional competitions traveled to the 2019 Geo Championships in Washington, D.C. in May 2019. This blog series introduces you to each of those teams in their own words.* Registration for next year’s #NatGeoChallenge opens in August at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge. Meet the Kids Against Pollution! Kids Against Pollution! Kids Against Pollution started an awareness campaign…

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Comparing Global Biomes – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Kevin Rohn’s sixth-graders applied the scientific process to investigate and compare locations around the world. Each student used an interactive world biome map to select two locations, develop a question about them, and answer the question based on data from the map. Students then shared their findings by designing infographics. Kevin Rohn teaches science at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Photo by lizlinder.com For your National Geographic Educator Certification project, you asked students to compare locations using…

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Team Marine – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

During the 2018-19 school year, teams of middle schoolers tackled the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways with the National Geographic GeoChallenge. First-place teams from sixteen regional competitions traveled to the 2019 Geo Championships in Washington, D.C. in May 2019. This blog series introduces you to each of those teams in their own words.* Registration for next year’s #NatGeoChallenge opens in August at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge. Meet Team Marine! Team Marine! Team Marine worked to prevent plastics from entering the marine…

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Studying School Air Quality and Climate Science – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Today is World Environment Day, the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year’s theme is air pollution. This post is written by Michael Cruse, an ESL and Special Education teacher at the Arlington Career Center in Arlington, Virginia. His school recently studied the air quality in their classrooms. I want you to close your eyes and picture someplace where the fresh air fills your lungs as your breath and a sense of calmness…

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GeoScientists – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

During the 2018-19 school year, teams of middle schoolers tackled the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways with the National Geographic GeoChallenge. First-place teams from sixteen regional competitions traveled to the 2019 Geo Championships in Washington, D.C. in May 2019. This blog series introduces you to each of those teams in their own words.* Registration for next year’s #NatGeoChallenge opens in August at NatGeoEd.org/GeoChallenge. The GeoScientists! Concerned about all of the pollution reaching the Colorado River, the GeoScientists team…

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Creating Experiences Rather Than “Lessons” – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Our Strategy Share series features innovative ideas, projects, and approaches from inside and outside our community of educators. The following post was written by 2018 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Becky Schnekser, an elementary science teacher from Virginia Beach, Virginia. In the world of education, approaches, theories, and research change as swiftly as the wind. It can be exhausting to keep up and frustrating to implement. I suggest a new way of thinking about education—one that does not require you to convince someone…

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Observing Our Changing Earth – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Mary Hanan led her middle school science students on a year-long study of specific plots of land. Students made observations and collected data to demonstrate how their plot of land changed over time. Mary Hanan is a sixth-grade science teacher at Riverside Meadows Intermediate School in Plumas Lake, California. Photo courtesy Mary Hanan Could you give an overview of your National Geographic Educator Certification project, which you called “Piece of Earth?” I wanted my sixth-grade students to understand that scientific…

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The 2019 Geo Championships are Here! – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Tune into the 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals TOMORROW (5/21) from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. Watch the finals on Wednesday (5/22) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. The 2019 Geo Championships begin today at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. This event celebrates the hard work students invested this school year into the National Geographic GeoBee and National Geographic GeoChallenge. Now in its 31st year, the GeoBee is an annual competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the…

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Meet the 2019 Geo Champions! – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Registration for next year’s National Geographic GeoBee and National Geographic GeoChallenge will open in August. Photograph by Rebecca Hale/National Geographic Students from Team Pioneers from Epiphany Stars Homeschool in St. Louis, Mo., present their National Geographic GeoChallenge solution. Team Pioneers placed second overall in the 2019 National Geographic GeoChallenge. Photograph by Rebecca Hale/National GeographicStudents from Team Bayou Protectors from St. Francis Episcopal School in Houston, Tex., present their National Geographic GeoChallenge solution. The Bayou Protectors came in third place in…

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Congratulations to the 2019 Geo Championships Finalists! – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Tune into the 2019 Geo Championships Finals TOMORROW (5/22) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. Photograph by Mark Thiessen/National GeographicThe three #NatGeoBee finalists. Photograph by Rebecca Hale/National GeographicThe three #NatGeoChallenge finalist teams. The 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals were held today at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C. The top three GeoBee students and the top three GeoChallenge teams advance to the final round held tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, at 3:30 p.m. EST. Watch the 2019 Geo Championship finals live with…

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Meet the 2019 #NatGeoBee Top 10 – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Tune into the 2019 Geo Championships Semifinals TOMORROW (5/21) from 1:00 – 3:15 p.m. ET. Watch the finals on Wednesday (5/22) from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. ET. Photo by Mark Thiessen/National GeographicTen semifinalists announced for the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee. They will advance to the semifinals held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Top (from Left to Right): Vaibhav Hariram (North Carolina), Dylan Rem (New York), Rishi Kumar (Maryland), Nihar Janga (Texas) and Lakshay…

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Mapping Infectious Disease Trends – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Matt Kuehl’s high school biology students investigated the frequency of common biological pathogens. Then they investigated the death rates of several diseases and plotted them on a mega map. Students identified correlations between the frequencies of the diseases and the locations of high death rates. Matt Kuehl is a 10th-grade science teacher at Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Photo by Shelly Lindstrom What inspired you to take the topic of infectious diseases, which you teach every year,…

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Reading is Fun! by Stephanie Harvey – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

I know that teachers have a lot to juggle. When it comes to reading, you know things can get complicated. Kids simply need more time to read, and they need reading materials that are interesting and enjoyable. Every issue of Explorer magazine is packed with engaging nonfiction content and stunning images—the kind that you expect from National Geographic. Explorer magazine invites kids to be explorers of our world through reading, and the magazines give you the support you need to…

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A Student-Led Exploration of Local Species – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Andrea Sayler fostered her students’ curiosity about the natural world by holding a BioBlitz in the nature preserve near their school. A BioBlitz is an event that brings together community members to find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Andrea’s students used the data they gathered to develop research projects on flora or fauna that interested them. They shared their findings with their school community. Andrea Sayler is a…

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Increasing Awareness of Water Scarcity – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Frieda de Bruyn helped her high school biology students cultivate awareness about global water scarcity. Students also gained a sense of responsibility for their own water usage and developed empathy for people affected by water scarcity around the world. Frieda de Bruyn is a high school biology teacher at Prestige College in Hammanskraal, South Africa. Photo by Harrison Montsho How did you generate awareness of water scarcity and make the issue relevant to your students? My students and I live…

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Give Your Students a Subscription to Exploration! – National Geographic Education Blog – Education Article

Jennifer Burgin is an educator at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, a part of Arlington Public Schools. She was named Arlington Teacher of the Year in 2016 and has co-authored a nonfiction children’s book, A is for Arlington. As a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, Jennifer shares her #EducatorExplorer experiences after completing an expedition to the Galápagos Islands, and her plans for future exploration. For more from Jennifer, follow her on Twitter @MrsJBurgin or on her blog, Educator Explorer. I just…

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