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- How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries – Adam Savage
- Questions no one knows the answer to – Chris Anderson
- Sex determination: More complicated than you thought – Aaron Reedy
- Just how small is an atom? – Jonathan Bergmann
- What’s invisible? More than you think – John Lloyd
- How big is infinity? – Dennis Wildfogel
- Why can’t we see evidence of alien life? – Chris Anderson
- The secret life of plankton – Tierney Thys
- Insults by Shakespeare – April Gudenrath
- How folding paper can get you to the moon – Adrian Paenza
Should we eat bugs? – Emma Bryce
Great video introducing students to the concept of food security.
You may feel icky about munching on insects, but they feed about 2 billion people each day (Mmm, fried tarantulas). This concept also holds promise for insect farming sustainably to provide enough food for the growing population in future years. Great essential questions and a quick quiz! Also a guided discussion: Do you believe that more people around the world could be successfully convinced to include insects in their diet? Whether you answer yes or no, explain why you think this is the case. Wonderful lesson for kids of all ages.