Topical Science—May 2021

Are you ready for another month of topical science content? We’ve pulled together a collection of science videos for you to incorporate into your science class over the next month. Let’s have a look…

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Tuesday, May 4

World Asthma Day

Organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma every year since 1998, this event aims to raise awareness of asthma and how we can reduce or prevent asthma attacks. On this day, why not teach your students more about how lungs function? Learn more.

Wednesday, May 5

National Astronaut Day

First held in 2017, this day commemorates the first US human spaceflight. On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard became the second man and the first American to travel into space, on the spacecraft Freedom 7. Learn more about astronauts in this video: Watch now.

Saturday, May 8

World Migratory Bird Day

This event occurs twice a year, around the times that birds migrate. It brings attention to the importance of protecting migratory birds. Learn more about these fascinating birds in this video: Discover more.

Sunday, May 16

International Day of Light

This UNESCO day celebrates the role light plays in science, education, culture, and sustainable development. May 16 was chosen for this day as it marks the anniversary of the first successful laser operation, performed by physicist Theodore Maiman in 1960. But what is light? Learn more.

Thursday, May 20

World Bee Day

In 2018, the UN declared this day World Bee Day. This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators, while also teaching people what we can do to protect them. Learn more about the important role bees play in keeping our world healthy: Watch now.

Friday, May 21

National Endangered Species Day

Held on the third Friday in May every year, this event encourages people to take action to protect endangered species. More than 1,500 species in the world are either endangered or under protection of various protective laws. Discover some unusual endangered species in this video: Watch now.

Saturday, May 22

International Day for Biological Diversity

This UN day brings attention to the serious issue of biodiversity loss and the importance of protecting biological diversity. On this day, why not teach your class more about exactly what biodiversity is? Learn more.

Monday, May 31

World No Tobacco Day

Organized by the WHO, this day aims to educate people about the health impacts of using tobacco and encourages people to say no to using tobacco products. Learn more about the damage that smoking can cause: Find out more.

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