Topical Science—January 2022

Happy New Year! We are excited to start a new year and we look forward to all that is to come. As always, our goal is to share quality science education with as many students from around the world as possible. As part of this, we will continue to share current scientific content each month. Let’s take a look at what’s coming in January!

Monday, January 1

National Blood Donor Month

National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated since the 1970s, with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of blood donation. Blood transfusion can save lives, but during the Vietnam War, doctors learned that sometimes, the body needs time to heal itself first…

Monday, January 4

World Braille Day

This day celebrates braille—a writing system that allows visually impaired people to read by touching a series of raised dots. At Twig, we believe in making science accessible, so we have created 145 sets of NIMAS files, enabling braille and large print versions of our K-6 Twig Books and Readers to be made. Find out more.

Tuesday, January 5

National Bird Day

This annual event celebrates birdwatching and the study of birds—while also supporting wild bird habitat conservation programs and bird rescue organizations. On this day, why not find out more about the nutcracker and the important role it has in maintaining the biodiversity of Yellowstone National Park? Learn more.

Thursday, January 7

Old Rock Day

On this day, geologists and rock enthusiasts celebrate the study of fossils, minerals, and rocks. Why not join their celebration and learn more about different types of rocks? Learn more.

Saturday, January 9

Static Electricity Day

Static Electricity Day encourages us to learn more about this strange type of electricity. We’ve probably all experienced it, but what exactly is it? Let’s find out:

Tuesday, January 19

National Popcorn Day

This day celebrates one of the world’s most popular snacks. But why does popcorn pop? Find out more.

Wednesday, January 20

Penguin Awareness Day

Did you know that there are as many as 20 species of penguin? They don’t all live in the cold places like Antarctica—in fact, they can be found on many of the world’s continents! On this day, why not learn more about the Fiordland crested penguin? Learn more.

Sunday, January 24

International Day of Education

This UN Observance Day celebrates the importance of education for peace and development, and recognizes education as a human right. This is a sentiment we share at Twig Education, which is why our goal is to provide quality science education to students across the globe. Learn more about our products.

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Topical Science—November 2021

This year has flown by, and we’ve already reached November. The days are getting darker and colder… at least in the Northern Hemisphere! Thankfully, we’ve got lots of fascinating science content to inspire your class. Below, we’ve collated some notable days of this month, along with related topical science videos and articles. Let’s dive right in.

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Friday, November 5

World Tsunami Day

World Tsunami Day encourages countries and communities to develop strategies for coping with tsunamis, with the aim to reduce the damage when they happen. Find out more about tsunamis:

Saturday, November 6

National Bison Day

Did you know that the bison is the largest land mammal in North America? It’s also the official National Mammal of the US. Bisons live on temperate grasslands, which they share with various other animals. Find out more about temperate grasslands:

Sunday, November 8

National STEM/STEAM Day

National STEM/STEAM Day inspires kids to explore STEM subjects and encourages them to pursue these subjects both in school and in their future careers. We’ve collated 10 exciting STEM careers to get your students excited: Discover now.

November 15-19

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, with the aim to encourage people (especially young people) to study geography. This week, why not learn more about time zones? Watch now.

Wednesday, November 10

World Science Day for Peace and Development

World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the importance of involving the wider public in discussions about scientific issues—including younger people! The recent NGSS Framework has changed how science is taught in schools in the US. Theoretical physicist Helen Quinn chaired the National Research Council committee that created A Framework for K–12 Science Education—the foundation of the NGSS. In this blog post, Twig Education CEO Catherine Cahn speaks to Helen Quinn about the importance of science education: Learn more.

Sunday, November 14

World Diabetes Day

Diabetes has become increasingly common around the world—in 2014, 422 million adults lived with the condition, compared to just 108 million in 1980. Find out more about diabetes and how it’s treated in this video:

Sunday, November 15

America Recycles Day

On this day, people across America are encouraged to learn more about the importance of recycling, with the hope that more people will get into the habit of recycling daily. But even more important than recycling is reducing and reusing. Find out more about the three Rs:

Saturday, November 20

World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day is a UN observance day that has been celebrated since 1954, with the aim to improve children’s welfare worldwide. On this day, why not find out more about how children’s brains develop, and how they learn to recognize themselves in a mirror?

Wednesday, November 24

The Origin of Species

On this day in 1859 “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” by Charles Darwin was published. Charles Darwin was a British scientist whose theory of evolution changed the world! Find out more.


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Topical Science—October 2021

Happy October! We’re well and truly into fall now, and Halloween is just around the corner. Below, we’ve collated some notable days of this month, along with related topical science videos and articles. These are perfect for helping you bring real-world phenomena into the classroom. Let’s have a look.

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Monday, October 4

World Habitat Day
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World Habitat Day raises awareness of the importance of protecting the world’s different habitats. Find out more about habitats:

Tuesday, October 5

World Teachers’ Day
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On this day, dedicated to all the fantastic teachers around the world, let’s find out how Twig Science supports teachers to deliver the Next Generation Science Standards: Watch now.

Friday, October 8

World Octopus Day
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Celebrate one of the world’s coolest animals by learning more about invertebrates:

Saturday, October 9

World Migratory Bird Day
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This day brings attention to the importance of protecting migratory birds. Learn more about these fascinating birds:

Friday, October 15

Global Handwashing Day
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Now more than ever, it’s important to remember to thoroughly wash our hands. Want to know the best technique for washing your hands? Our Handwashing Song will help you out! Watch now. 

Saturday, October 16

World Food Day
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World Food Day brings attention to the importance of having reliable access to food. Food gives us the energy we need to live and be healthy—but how do we know how much energy is in different foods? This experiment shows one technique:

Wednesday, October 20

International Sloth Day
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Did you know that there are two types and six species of sloths? Let’s find out more about one of the smallest species, the pygmy three-toed sloth: Watch now.

Sunday, October 31

World Cities Day
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This UN Observance Day encourages the sustainable development of cities. Cities are a type of settlement, just like villages and towns. Find out more about settlements:

Halloween
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Happy Halloween! Here are five facts you might not know about this spooky holiday: Find out more.


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Topical Science—September 2021


The back-to-school season is upon us, and it’s time to get inspired. We’ve collated another month of fun topical science content that hopefully inspires a great start to the new school year.

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Saturday, September 4

National Wildlife Day

First founded in 2005 to honor wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin—famously known as the “Crocodile Hunter”— National Wildlife Day brings attention to the world’s endangered animals and celebrates animal sanctuaries for their preservation efforts. Today, why not learn about Global Positioning Systems (GPS), used to track the movements of wild animals in Namibia, Africa? Learn more.

Tuesday, September 7

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies

This day, facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme, aims to raise awareness of the importance of clean air and encourage actions to improve global air quality. Watch this video and learn why our sky is blue: Watch now.

Thursday, September 16

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

The ozone layer is a vital part of Earth’s atmosphere, absorbing almost all of the Sun’s ultraviolet light. In the 1980s, scientists discovered that a deep hole had developed in this protective layer, attacked by harmful greenhouse gases used to make products such as hairspray. 

This UN day commemorates the signing of an agreement between 197 countries to minimize the use of ozone-depleting substances. Learn more about the ozone layer:



Saturday, September 18

International Coastal Cleanup Day

International Coastal Cleanup Day is a global movement that encourages people to remove trash from their beaches and waterways. Since the event’s conception 30 years ago, over 100 million volunteers across the globe have contributed to the cleanup of more than 300 million pounds of trash. On this day, take the opportunity to teach your students more about keeping Earth tidy: Learn more.

Wednesday, September 22

World Rhino Day

There are five species of rhinos and, fun fact, their horns are made of keratin, a protein that also forms the basis of human hair and fingernails. World Rhino Day celebrates rhinos and aims to bring international awareness to how critically endangered they are. Today, why not learn about ecotourism ventures in Namibia? Learn more.

Monday, September 27

World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day brings awareness to the myriad benefits that international tourism has societally, economically, and politically—from bringing cultures together to having a global contribution to GDP of 2.9 trillion US dollars in 2019 alone. Today, why not learn about Butler’s Tourism Model? Learn more.

Wednesday, September 29

World Heart Day

Heart disease is one of the world’s leading causes of death—tragically, however, up to 80 percent of cardiovascular deaths could be avoided. World Heart Day aims to bring attention to cardiovascular diseases and educate people on the factors that can increase the risk of developing such a disease, such as tobacco use and unhealthy diets. Learn more about the heart: 

Wednesday, September 29

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

Did you know that an estimated one-third of all food produced goes to waste? Designated by the United Nations General Assembly, this day aims to generate awareness of this problem and makes a call to action for both public and private businesses to increase efforts to reduce food waste. Today, let’s watch a video about the cities implementing innovative policies to reduce food waste: Watch now.

Thursday, September 30

International Podcast Day



First celebrated in 2014, International Podcast Day highlights the power of podcasts and gives an opportunity for podcasters, and podcast enthusiasts, to connect with one another. Today, why not listen to Twig’s podcast: Twig Education On..? Listen here.

Thursday, September 30

World Maritime Day


World Maritime Day celebrates the seafarers of the world and brings attention to the importance of the shipping industry, which accounts for the transport of around 80% of international trade. Did you know that shipping is one of the oldest industries in the world, with a history that dates back thousands of years? Today, why not learn how sailors in the 18th century first mapped the sea? Learn more.

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