Topical Science—August 2021

With a brand-new school year drawing closer, we’ve put together some fun topical science content to get you inspired for the month ahead! 

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Saturday, August 7

National Lighthouse Day

Every year, National Lighthouse Day is celebrated to keep alive the bright heritage of lighthouses, their keepers, and their light, which has guided so many ships safely to shore. On this day, why not inspire your students with the history of the lighthouse? Learn more.

Thursday, August 12

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day brings attention to the planet’s mightiest land animals, the Asian and African elephants. The international campaign not only celebrates the iconic animal but also asks that we pledge support toward bringing better protection against threats such as habitat loss. Learn more about elephants by watching this video: Watch now.

Saturday, August 14

World Lizard Day

With more than 5,500 species of lizards found around the world, from urban areas to the Amazon rain forest, World Lizard Day is a day to acknowledge and learn about these fascinating cold-blooded reptiles. Why not learn about the agama lizard this week? Learn more.

Monday, August 16

National Roller Coaster Day

National Roller Coaster Day, first celebrated in 1986, brings together the thrill seekers of the world. Did you know that many roller coasters don’t even have engines? On this day, why not teach your students about how roller coasters work.

Thursday, August 19

National Aviation Day

Did you know that the world’s first successful flight flew just 120 feet? On a day chosen to honor the first airplane pilot—Orville Wright—National Aviation Day celebrates both the history and evolution of aviation and aims to bring support to pilots worldwide. Learn more about planes by watching this video: Watch now

Saturday, August 21

National Honey Bee Day

Despite what their name might suggest, honeybees do much more than make honey. In fact, they play a crucial role in our food chain. National Honeybee Day aims to bring awareness to how vital this species is to our ecosystem. Why not teach your students more about environmental awareness this week? Learn more.

August 23—28

World Water Week

World Water Week brings together more than 33,000 participants from around the world to discuss the escalating water crisis. This year, experts will be focusing on finding solutions to the world’s most urgent water issues. This week, why not learn more about water as a resource? 

Saturday, August 28

International Bat Night 2021

Did you know that bats use soundwaves and echoes to find their way through the night and locate prey, otherwise known as echolocation? Since 1997, International Bat Night, organized by Eurobats, sees worldwide gatherings of people searching for and learning about bats in their natural habitat.  This week, why not learn more about the marvel of animal senses?

Monday, August 30

National Beach Day

Founded in 2014, this event highlights the deadly implications on seabirds and ocean wildlife caused by rubbish left on our beaches and celebrates all of the sandy beaches that our planet has to offer. Why not wave off summer by learning why beaches are made of sand? Learn more

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