Reaching for the Sky

Two young sisters show that creative, problem solvers can accomplish anything, including the seemingly impossible. Watch how these girls started with a seed idea, then launched their imagination into the atmosphere. What were the keys to success for these children?

The Mystery of the Moving Stones

Scientists believe they have solved the mystery of the “slithering stones” of Death Valley (California). These volcanic rocks have been known to move by themselves across the riverbed. No one has recorded this movement until recently and researchers believe they have uncovered a possible explanation for this strange movement that leaves a trail behind the stones. Watch the time lapse video below, then click this link to a video story breaking down this phenomenon, to help us understand the stones’ “action.” After watching the video, Reply to the following: In your own words, what causes these stones to slither across this Death Valley riverbed?

Can They? Yes They Can.

This commercial from Microsoft shows the reality that girls today are unlikely to pursue or achieve in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields and how this reality can motivate today’s girls to think about the possibilities in their future. In the Reply section below, please answer these two questions: Who is the intended audience of this video? What techniques or storytelling elements (pictures, music, editing, spoken words, body language, etc) does Microsoft use in this video to show that girls today should have reason to hope?

 

Why Do We Get Itchy?

Every wonder why you get itchy? What is happening inside our bodies that make us scratch? Watch this Life Noggin video to learn the science behind that scratchy feeling. In the comments section of this post, write what you liked about this video and explain in your own words why we itch.

What If You Don’t Brush Your Teeth?

badteeteethImagine going to a birthday party and stuffing your mouth with handfuls of snack foods and candy and extra heapings of delicious ice cream cake. Ever wonder what would happen if you went to bed without brushing your teeth? Probably nothing too bad. Not right away. But what if you chose not to brush your teeth each day?  Read this Wonderopolis story and in the comments section of this post, explain whether you think daily brushings are important and why.

Why Does the Earth Need Its Moon?

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Orion Nebula-Moon-Saturn Fantasy

What if we looked into the night sky and never saw the moon? Our world shares one moon. It has become a part of our global culture, often humanized to help us make sense of our lives. Famous writers have used the moon in such a way:

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars!” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain
“We ran as if to meet the moon.” – Carl Sandburg

But does the moon serve a purpose to the people who live on Earth?  Do we, here on Earth, need it to survive? Do other moons in our universe offer answers of whether there’s life elsewhere in the universe? What do you think? Read this article from Earth and Sky news and write what you think.