Topical Science—December 2020

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, and we’re sure everyone is looking forward to having some time off before starting a new year. Before we take a break for the holidays, let’s have a look at what notable days are coming this month. We’ve collated some topical science videos and articles for you to share with your students.

Thursday, December 1

World AIDS Day

Each year, UNESCO and UNAIDS partner for World AIDS Day—a day that aims to raise awareness of how to prevent HIV and AIDS. In this video, find out more about why HIV is such a dangerous virus:

Friday, December 4

World Soil Day

Keeping soil healthy is crucial if we want to protect the world’s ecosystems—and by extension, humanity’s well-being. On this day, why not share these five fascinating soil facts with your students? Read now.

World Wildlife Conservation Day

This annual event aims to raise awareness of how important it is that we preserve and protect the world’s ecosystems. Many species on Earth are threatened. One of these is the kakapo: Learn more.

Thursday, December 10

Nobel Prize Day

Alfred Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer, known for the invention of dynamite. In his will, he asked that his fortune be used for a series of prizes. As a result, the Nobel Prizes were established and first awarded in 1901. One of the most interesting winners of the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded in 1978. Find out more:

Friday, December 11

UNICEF founded on this day in 1946

On this day in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was founded. Since then, UNICEF has provided humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. This year, Twig Education partnered with UNICEF to make science education available to young students in need: Learn more.

International Mountain Day

Did you know that almost half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are located on mountains? Mountains are very important to the health of the planet. But how are they formed? Learn more about fold mountains:

Thursday, November 17

Wright Brothers Day

This day commemorates the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who were the first men to fly a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, back in 1903. To celebrate, why not find out how planes are able to fly?

Friday, December 18

International Migrants Day

This UN observance day celebrates migration as an important contribution to “building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all” (UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon). On this day, why not find out more about migration? Learn more.

Monday, December 21

Winter Solstice

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer, which means we’re getting closer and closer to the winter solstice—but what exactly is the winter solstice? Find out more.

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Christmas might be a fun holiday but unfortunately, the amount of trash we throw away at Christmas increases every year. Thankfully, there are ways to have a greener holiday season! Find out more.

Wednesday, December 30

Earth’s curvature

On this day in 1930 the first picture of the curvature of the Earth was taken. But what’s going on inside the Earth? Find out more about the structure of the Earth:

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