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:

Topical Science—November 2020

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.

Thursday, 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 7

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.

Monday, November 9

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. 

Tuesday, 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.

Saturday, 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:

Friday, 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?

Tuesday, 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.

Topical Science—October 2020

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.

Monday, October 5

World Teachers’ Day

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.

World Habitat Day

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

Thursday, October 8

World Octopus Day

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

Saturday, October 10

World Migratory Bird Day

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

Thursday, October 15

Global Handwashing Day

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. 

Friday, October 16

World Food Day

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:

Tuesday, October 20

International Sloth Day

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.

World Statistics Day

Statistics can help us find out a lot about the world around us. Did you know that there’s actually a type of robot that uses statistics? Learn more:

Saturday, October 31

World Cities Day

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

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