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Archives: March, 2015

SMILE Alumni Proposes LEGO Set!  March 25th, 2015

A former SMILE student who now works at the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory has proposed the creation of a new Lego set dedicated to female geological scientists! The set would include both male and female geologists, a scanning electron microscope, minerals, and an “obligatory geology dog”. Though women are represented in geoscience departments, a recent study done by the American Geological Institute stated that women’s representation in geoscience and environmental occupations has not exceeded 30% since 2003.

In order to get the proposed set into production she needs to get 10,000 votes!  If you are interested in supporting this project go to Lego’s website here!

You can also view the article published in the Oregonian here!


TED-Ed: Geological Time  March 9th, 2015

The Earth is estimated to be 4.6 billion years old, but what does that mean? To students this can be difficult to put in perspective. How does this compare to their own lifetime? TED-Ed puts it all in perspective in the following video:

TED-Ed: Periodic Table  March 4th, 2015

Are you a fan of TED Talks? TED-Ed has put together an interactive periodic table comprised of their videos; this can be seen here. This could be a great resource for your students. Not only does TED-Ed talk about the properties of multiple elements, they also run experiments in several of their videos. Check it out!

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Wildlife Forensics Lab  March 4th, 2015

There is only one wildlife forensics lab in the world and its located in Ashland, Oregon. This forensics lab is just like any other, except the victims are animals. This could be a great oppurtunity to talk with your students about how a wildlife forensics lab might differ from a human one (this link might be helpful). If you are nearby you might want to consider taking a lab tour.

New Grand Engineering Challenge: Food Waste  March 4th, 2015

Food shortage is not the only issue anymore.  Wasting food is having a dramatic effect on the environment, economy and society. An estimated $162 billion is being lost because of unused food, as seen in this New York Times article.  This is an interesting topic to pose to your students. What solutions can you come up with to solve the food waste problem in your club, school, community, state, country or world? How does this solution work? Share with us!