Ciencia de actualidad—Abril 2021


¡Bienvenido/a a otro mes de ciencia divertida! Tanto si estás enseñando en el aula o en línea, estos videos te ayudarán a hacer tu clase de ciencias más actual y divertida. Vamos a ello.

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Jueves, 1 de Abril

Mes que inicia el relámpago de Catatumbo en Venezuela

Este mes comienza a verse el Relámpago del Catatumbo, un fenómeno atmosférico único que dura hasta Noviembre cada año y atrae a turistas de todo el mundo. Posee el mayor promedio mundial de relámpagos por kilómetro cuadrado al año: 250 relámpagos por km² al año. En este mes, ¿por qué no aprender más sobre cómo se forman los truenos y relámpagos? Clic aquí.

Domingo, 4 de Abril

Día de los Geólogos

Este día se estableció en 1966 y celebra el trabajo de los geólogos. Los geólogos son científicos que estudian los procesos naturales que dan forma a nuestro mundo, por ejemplo, las formaciones rocosas y cómo se crean. Una de las formaciones terrestres más famosas del mundo es el Gran Cañón. Descubre cómo se creó el Gran Cañón con este video: Clic aquí.

Lunes, 5 de Abril

Semana Nacional de la Vida Salvaje

Celebrada desde 1938, la Semana Nacional de la Vida Salvaje es un programa educativo anual que conecta y educa a los conservacionistas de todas las edades. El objetivo del movimiento es enseñar a las personas cómo podemos proteger la vida salvaje y sus hábitats. Una forma sencilla de colaborar es ayudando a limpiar los espacios al aire libre, por ejemplo, limpiar la playa. Aprende más sobre contaminación terrestre.

Miércoles, 7 de Abril

Día Mundial de la Salud

El Día Mundial de la Salud es un día mundial de conciación patrocinado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud. Cada año, el día se centra en un tema de salud específico, con el objetivo de mejorar la salud de las personas en todo el mundo. Un aspecto importante de la salud es la alimentación. Aprende más sobre cómo obtener una dieta equilibrada en este video: Clic aquí.

Miércoles, 14 de Abril

Día Nacional del Delfín

Este día tiene como objetivo educar a las personas sobre los delfines, sus hábitats y su importancia para la salud del océano. También anima a las personas a descubrir qué pueden hacer para proteger a los delfines. Los delfines son criaturas asombrosas que tienen una forma muy especial de comunicarse entre sí: ¡la ecolocalización! Aprende más.

Jueves, 22 de Abril

Día Internacional de la Madre Tierra

Establecido por la ONU en 2009, este día promueve “una visión de la Tierra como la entidad que sustenta a todos los seres vivos que se encuentran en la naturaleza”. En otras palabras, nos anima a aprender cómo todo en la Tierra, incluídos los humanos, dependemos de la salud del planeta y su biodiversidad. Pero, ¿qué es la biodiversidad? Aprende más.

Sábado, 24 de Abril

Semana de la Inmunización Mundial

Este evento de la Organización Mundial de la Salud promueve la importancia de las vacunas para proteger a las personas de las enfermedades en todo el mundo. Cada año se salvan millones de vidas gracias a la inmunización y muchas enfermedades, como la poliomielitis, se han erradicado casi por completo gracias a las vacunas. Clic aquí.

Domingo, 25 de Abril

Día Nacional del ADN

En este día de 1953, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick y Maurice Wilkins publicaron sus innovadores artículos sobre la estructura de doble hélice del ADN. Para celebrar, este día anima a las personas a aprender más sobre el ADN. Obtén más información con este video: Clic aquí.

Lunes, 26 de Abril

Día de la Escala Richter

Este día se celebra el nacimiento de Charles F. Richter, un sismólogo estadounidense que inventó la escala de Richter. Hoy en día, la escala de Richter se utiliza en todo el mundo para medir la fuerza de los terremotos. Pero, ¿por qué es importante medir los terremotos? Descubre más: Clic aquí.

Martes, 27 de Abril

En este día muere el astrónomo Guillermo Haro

El 27 abril de 1998 muere el mexicano Guillermo Haro, destacado astrónomo mexicano que descubrió un cometa y varias estrellas; y que en 1963 recibió el Premio Nacional de Ciencias de México. En este día, ¿por qué no aprender más sobre cometas con un video impresionante? Clic aquí.

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Topical Science—April 2021


Welcome to another month of fun science! Whether you’re teaching from home or in the classroom, these videos will help you make science class more topical and fun. Let’s jump right in.

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Sunday, April 4

Geologists Day

This day was established in 1966 and celebrates the work of geologists. Geologists are scientists who study the natural processes that shape our world—for example, rock formations and how these are created. One of the world’s most famous land formations is the Grand Canyon. Discover how the Grand Canyon was created in this video:

Monday, April 5

National Wildlife Week

Celebrated since 1938, National Wildlife Week is an annual education program that connects and educates conservationists of all ages. The aim of the movement is to teach people how we can protect wildlife and wildlife habitats. One simple thing you can do to help is cleaning up outdoor spaces—for example, doing a beach cleanup. Learn more.

Wednesday, April 7

World Health Day

World Health Day is a global awareness day sponsored by the World Health Organization. Each year, the day focuses on a specific health topic, with the aim to improve the health of people all around the world. One important aspect of health is what you eat. Learn more about what constitutes a balanced diet in this video: Watch now.

International Beaver Day

In North America, the beaver population has drastically diminished over the last centuries. As a result, a lot of wetlands have disappeared, causing problems such as water pollution and flooding. By protecting beavers and letting them build their dams, those problems could be avoided, which is the aim of this day. Learn more about how beavers build dams: Watch now.

Monday, April 12

International Day of Human Space Flight

On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space. In 2011, on the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s journey, the UN proclaimed April 12 the International Day of Human Space Flight. The day celebrates all the humans who have ever traveled into space and the important research they have done. On this day, why not find out more about astronauts’ lives in space? For example, how do they exercise?  Watch now.

Wednesday, April 14

National Dolphin Day

This day aims to educate people about dolphins, their habitats, and their importance to the health of the ocean. It also encourages people to find out what they can do to protect dolphins. Dolphins are amazing creatures who have a very special way of communicating with each other—echolocation! Learn more.

Thursday, April 22

International Mother Earth Day

Established by the UN in 2009, this day promotes “a view of the Earth as the entity that sustains all living things found in nature.” In other words, it encourages us to learn about how everything on the Earth, including us humans, relies on the health of the planet and its biodiversity. But what is biodiversity? 

Saturday, April 24

World Immunization Week

This World Health Organization event promotes the importance of vaccines to protect people around the world from diseases. Every year, millions of lives are saved because of immunization, and many diseases, such as polio, have been almost completely eradicated thanks to vaccines.

Sunday, April 25

National DNA Day

On this day in 1953, Rosalind Franklin, James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins published their groundbreaking papers on the double-helix structure of DNA. To celebrate, this day encourages people to learn more about DNA. You can find out more in this video: 

Monday, April 26

Richter Scale Day

This day celebrates the birth of Charles F. Richter, an American seismologist who invented the Richter scale. Today, the Richter scale is used worldwide to measure the strength of earthquakes. But how does the scale work? Find out more:  

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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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