Last week Thursday was the deadline to submit a video to this year’s World of 7 Billion student video contest. The contest challenged students to demonstrate a connection between world population growth with one global challenge – deforestation, water scarcity or public health – and come up with a sustainable solution all in a 60-second video.
Sometimes counting populations is easy. How many grapes are in my snack bag? But other times counting populations can be difficult. How many birds are flying around in a field? The number, location, and mobility of the individuals impact the ease at which they are counted.
The baby boom generation is interesting to view on a population pyramid because it’s where the graph is at its widest, indicating a large population in these 5-year age cohorts. In the U.S., babies born between 1945 and 1964 are referred to as baby boomers and this time period was significant because there was a marked rise in birth rates – the number of births during those years was extraordinary. According to the U.S.
Want to receive free Population Education teaching materials or learn more about PopEd teacher training workshops? If the answer is yes, we have good news – our staff will be attending the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) annual conference this spring and is excited to support teachers covering sustainability, human ecology, and population pressures.
Last Friday I presented Population Education lessons and resources to a group of eager educators, but this was not a typical PopEd workshop. Rather than hands-on and face-to-face, it was a virtual workshop conducted online as part of the National Biodiversity Teach-In. Because attendance was not limited by location, 480 educators from nine US states and three countries abroad were able to participate in my session “Make the People Connection: Population and Biodiversity in the Classroom.”
We first noticed the unusual traffic on our WorldPopulationHistory.org site on Friday, January 29. By the end of that weekend, we were fielding a flurry of emailed questions from national and international press. While it can take a while for new interactive websites to get noticed, it only takes a handful of influencers to start a viral trend.
Last week along the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, offices, schools, dining rooms and Uber rides were consumed by conversation of the looming Winter Storm Jonas. As many Americans cleared grocery store shelves, purchased shovels and stocked up on batteries for flashlights, municipalities made similar preparations the best way they knew how, spreading salt on roads.
The lesson, The Pop Ecology Files, provides a fun way to integrate math and science concepts into middle school classrooms. In Part 1, students examine exponential and arithmetic growth rates, and every-day situations where growth occurs in each. Students calculate the difference between saving money so it will grow arithmetically versus exponentially.