One Cool Thing: Fireflies in Space

One Cool Thing: Fireflies in Space

When a second-grade class wondered what would happen if a firefly went to space (would it still be able to light up in zero gravity?) their teacher, Maggie Samudio, helped them get the answer by helping her students send an experiment to space. As the New York Times reported, Blue Origin, the rocket company started […]

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Minority Students Feel The Heat: When Temps Rise, Performance Falls

Minority Students Feel The Heat: When Temps Rise, Performance Falls

New research finds that higher temperatures and heat exposure can harm children’s learning across the globe. However, in the US, researchers found that only Black and Hispanic children are affected by this trend.

Why This Matters: A 2019 study showed that predominantly non-white school districts receive about $23 billion less on average than predominantly white school districts.

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New Jersey to Teach Climate Change to Its 1.4 Million Students

New Jersey to Teach Climate Change to Its 1.4 Million Students

Last week the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted First Lady Tammy Murphy’s initiative to make New Jersey the first state in the nation to incorporate climate change in its K-12 curriculum. “In New Jersey, we have already begun to experience the effects of climate change, from our disappearing shorelines, to harmful algal blooms […]

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Turning to Nature to Help and Heal

Turning to Nature to Help and Heal

By Katy Fenn, Director, Education Outreach, World Wildlife Fund   Fellow parents: this is a challenging time for most of us.  I’m a mom to a 4-year-old and a nearly 2-year-old now home from daycare, and like so many of you, I am adjusting to a new way of working while figuring out how to […]

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Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

Hero of the Week: Italy’s Education Minister Lorenzo Fioramonti

This week Italy got an A+ — thanks to its education minister, Lorenzo Fioramonti, who announced that starting next year all schools and students in all grades in Italy will be required to spend 33 hours per year, almost one hour per school week, teaching students about climate change issues.  It will also be woven […]

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Understanding Our Planet May Require a Climate Crash Course

Understanding Our Planet May Require a Climate Crash Course

The California wildfires that have been ravaging communities throughout the state this week have been a vivid example of how unprepared we are for climate change.

Why This Matters: While not every state is experiencing the climate crisis in the same way that California is, we must take the opportunity to better understand how it will affect our respective states and communities.

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