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Our Playful Nature

Posted on January 12, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Fostering an early love of STEM

According to the National Math & Science Initiative in 2008, 31 percent of U.S. bachelor degrees were issued in science and engineering fields, compared with 61 percent in Japan an...

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AKBN Hero: Chris Jordan

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (110)

"Realizing the meaning behind his photos of waste “was an experience that was almost like waking up from ‘The Matrix.’ “ -- Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan is a photographer and filmmaker who documents the effects of our mass consumption on wildlife and the planet. Read more about Chris here.

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Concrete Jungle

Posted on January 7, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (106)

What do primate zoo environments and corporate offices have in common?

Excerpt from The Atlantic April 28, 2014

Article by Laura Smith titled: The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

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Kids online

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (5)

What do computer games, bike riding, and shoe tying have in common?

Image credit: Thanasis Zovoilis

Article from the Huffington Post 2/4/2014 titled: Kids can use Smartphone before they learn to write their names and tie t...

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Gyre Expedition

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (51)

Debris on remote beaches, even in the wilderness of Alaska

Peter Murphy, the Alaska Regional Coordinator for the NOAA Marine Debris Program, was recently invited to participate in the GYRE Expedition, an inno...

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The Science of Awe

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (96)

Can psychologists chart what happens when nature blows your mind?

The Sierra Club November 2014

Authors: Jake Abrahamson

An awe inspiring view as seen from the International Space Station at an altitude of 235 miles. ISS 007 c...

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Come here, Old Wellie!

Posted on January 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Art using re-cycled materials or found objects


It’s impossible to look at these dogs and not smile. They are one of a number of public sculptures by artist David Kemp. Kemp makes sculptures out of found or discarded objects. He describes his work rather charmingly as follows: “I make things out of things, big things, little things, old things and new things. I like to recycle things, and find new uses for things that have been thrown away. Some things say someth...

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The Rippl effect

Posted on January 2, 2015 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Creating a healthier planet one Rippl at a time

From the Ocean Conservancy: The Blog Aquatic July 2013

Rippl helps you remember to make simple, sustainable choices that save you...

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Who will be the next Steve Jobs?

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Nurturing the spirit of ‘curiosity seeker’ in every child

Excerpt from: US Department of Education

The Arts Education Partnership October 27, 2011

Helping t...

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Who said every child is an artist

Posted on December 26, 2014 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Picasso and thinking outside of the box 

Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Arts education programs in our schools, pre-K through high school, will help solve the problem Picasso described.

The arts are an integral part of a well-rounded education. To miss out on arts learning opportunities is to miss out on gaining the very skills and habits of mind we know are essential ...

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