It’s that time of year again when the presentation boards come out – Science Fair Season. While there are innumerable science topics for kids to choose for their research, we thought it would be helpful to offer suggestions that relate to environmental science. With Earth Day and Science Fairs on the horizon, there are many great themes to help students examine an environmental topic in depth and educate their classmates and parents at the same time. Here are some ideas for environmental science fair projects:
Last month, we wrote about the limitations of GDP (gross domestic product) as an indication of a country’s welfare. We also talked about alternative measurements such as the GPI (genuine progress indicator) that provide a more holistic picture of human wellbeing. So what is the difference between the GDP and GPI?
World Water Day will be observed on March 22nd and is meant to bring global awareness to the challenge of water scarcity. But we need not look further than the US to find a broad-reaching, complex example of how diminishing water resources are having monumental effects. Jonathan Waterman, author of the recent national Geographic article, The American Nile: Saving the Colorado, has spent years exploring the vast Colorado River basin.
Every year, the Population Education team attends the annual NSTA conference. It's a great opportunity for us to connect with top science teachers from around the country, discuss the issues that are important to them, and support their classroom efforts. Whether you teach kindergarten or AP Environmental Science, run a STEM program or science fair, are a formal classroom teacher or non-formal staff at a zoo – we have something to offer.
This Saturday, March 8th, the world will celebrate the 106th International Women’s Day. Since 1911, this day has served as a time to reflect on the economic, social, and political progress made in gender equality and to raise awareness of the challenges that remain.
This year’s theme is “Equality for women is progress for all,” and looking back on 2013, we have much to applaud. Here’s a glance:
Can better design promote sustainability – Lelya Acaroglu thinks so. She’s the Director of Eco Innovators in Australia and a self-described “sustainability provocateur, chance-centric designer, educator and communicator.” I just caught her recent TED Talk, “Paper beats plastic?
February 20th is the World Day of Social Justice, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Today we recognize the need for social justice and support efforts to improve human well-being in an ever growing world. But before we can take part in this work, it is helpful to explore what is involved in the term social justice.