Topical Science—March 2021

Happy March! Are you ready for another month of topical science content? Below, we’ve collated free science videos and articles to complement the holidays and observance days in March. Hopefully, this content will be welcome inspiration for the last few weeks of school before spring break.

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Wednesday, March 3

World Wildlife Day

This global annual event was created by the UN in 1973 and celebrates the world’s wildlife, with the goal of protecting wild animal and plant species from threats such as habitat loss and illegal hunting. One way of protecting wildlife is through conservation work. For example, in Namibia, an ecotourism venture protects the country’s black rhinos—one of the world’s rarest creatures. Find out more.

Monday, March 8

International Women’s Day

Celebrated for over 100 years in countries all over the world, this day became an official UN day in 1975. For decades, women have used this day to fight for their rights. On this day, why not learn more about one of history’s most celebrated female scientists, Marie Curie? Find out more.

Sunday, March 14

International Day of Mathematics

This day, also known as Pi Day (since the first three digits of π are 3.14) has been celebrated since 1988. In 2019, UNESCO recognized it as the International Day of Mathematics. Math isn’t just for the classroom—it’s present everywhere in nature! For example, the periodical cicada seems to make use of prime numbers to survive. Find out more: 

Thursday, March 18

World Sleep Day

World Sleep Day is an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society that has been celebrated since 2008. The goal of the event is to highlight the importance of a good night’s sleep and to bring attention to the health problems that bad sleep can lead to. But how does the body know that we sleep at night? Watch this video to find out what makes us sleepy: Watch now.

Sunday, March 21

International Day of Forests

This day was established by the UN in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of how important forests are to the health of the planet—and, by extension, the health of us humans. The day raises awareness of the problems of deforestation and encourages projects that protect forests, such as tree-planting campaigns. But what is deforestation, and why is it so bad?

Monday, March 22

World Water Day

World Water Day is a UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. Access to clean freshwater is crucial to people’s survival and health, but around the world, many people struggle to access it. So where does freshwater come from? Let’s learn more about the water cycle:

Tuesday, March 23

World Meteorological Day

On March 23, 1950, the World Meteorological Organization was established, and since then this day has been celebrated in all countries that are members of the organization. The day celebrates the contribution of meteorological services to society—for example giving early warnings of severe weather, such as strong winds and storms. On this day, why not learn more about why wind travels the way it does? 

Saturday, March 27

Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). For one hour, between 8.30 and 9.30 pm, people are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary electricity. This symbolic action aims to raise awareness of the impact that our electricity usage has on climate change. Learn more about global warming by watching this video:

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