Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Growing, Glowing, & Going to Destination Imagination’s Globals #GF17

Destination Imagination [DI] is the epitome of the Maker Movement marrying STEM skills. I’ve gotten a chance to see that first-hand, up-close-and-personal,  this year with my son and his first adventure at DI.

We nervously nibbled our fingernails at the end of February at Regionals, where we placed 2nd place in "Show & Tech," the DI 2017 technical category. 

The angst grew in March as we made our way to State. Our school (who has a couple DI teams each year) has been fortunate enough to have had at least one team per year head to Globals the last 3 years. We always had hope with my son's team this year, but no expectations. We were dazed, amazed, & thrilled to earn a stunning 2nd place success once again at State.

From here, all roads led next to Globals, May 23--27th. This week! In honor of that, here’s my acrostic ode to honor our 7 boys and our Knoxville adventure we are living, here at Globals.

Delving into a year of teamwork at school,

Engineering, building, computing, concocting, and planning.

Seven of our boys became the “Double-O-Severn” crew.

Twenty-first century skills in action: creativity, collaboration,

Inventing to problem solve, innovating, & inquiring along the way.

Not always smooth-sailing, because collaboration isn’t

Always pretty. It can be messy, loud, distracting, frustrating.

Teamwork at its finest, trying to come together for a common goal

In their Central Challenge; improv-ing through Instant Challenges.

Over time, growing, sharpening skills, and finding their voices,

Never giving up, building persistence and grit as they go.

I’ve seen these boys grow indeed, sharpening their skit & their skills,

Making improvements and capitalizing on their talents.

As the year went on, these 7 boys, just like other boys and

Girls globally, gave of themselves, to each other and to their coaches,

Integrating their ideas, taking initiation, & getting involved.

Never stopping. Working hard & taking pride in their performances

At tournaments; regardless of ranking & place, keeping pace, &

Triumphing along the way. Kudos to all who made

It every step along the way. Regionals. State. All is great.

Onward we go to Globals, slightly stunned, yet ever-excited.

Never have we been more proud—parenthood is chock-filled with these moments.

What an opportunity of a lifetime 
& priceless memories in the making.

More in a future post on our antics 
while in Knoxville, 
soaking up all that makes up 
Destination Imagination Globals.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

From Williams to William: The Maker Movement in Malawi

With the planned visit from author Karen L Williams, I was inspired to do a little reading over my spring break, now a surprisingly 2+ months ago.  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Daniel Kamkwamba seemed like a logical choice for a multitude of reasons: I could learn a little about Malawi—one of the central locations in Mrs. Williams’ books; I could see the innovation of the maker movement in action. I could see the integration of innovation and environmentalism through the wind power; and lastly, my daughter had read it last year, so it was safely nestled in my Kindle.

So it was here I met 14 year old William Kamkwamba. I got to step foot in Malawi and see the sense of community, as well as the the plight of poverty. Life was not always easy. Water was not always clean nor easy to find. Diarrhea and cholera were sometimes the aftermath due to polluted water and poorly-constructed latrines. Money and food could be thin at times. Deforestation was at play, intertwining with the other issues. But despite the environmental issues, spirit was strong. William led a life of curiosity, stamina, perseverance, and strength.

There were a lot of parallels between William and Karen Williams’ Kondi from Galimoto. Some of our modern day 5-11 year old students found it difficult to make a seemingly-simple galimoto out of pipe cleaner, pencils, & wire (link). Karen Williams’ Kondi’s galimoto was far more complicated than our humble vehicular creations. Some of our cherubs needed nudging and encouragement to keep going, keep trying, and keep being creative risk takers. Not to mention, our students didn’t even have to go a-hunting for the scrap materials to make these toys. All materials were provided.

Yet, then there was William, whose was determined to discover how things worked. He went much further than making toys. Tearing apart radios (much to his father’s chagrin) helped him discover how they worked. This, in turn, led to a greater investigation and an inevitable pursuit for power—legitimate “energy power,” since only about 8% of those living in Malawi have electricity. He also was on a dogged quest for knowledge, since secondary school was too expensive during difficult times. He learned physics and engineering through reading books as well as trial and error. He ultimately invented a windmill out of scraps to produce “electric wind,” making the energy to generate electricity and running water. All without the Internet (or even knowing of its existence).

And, as often happens with inventors & innovators, William's neighbors thought he was a little nuts… until he made the seemingly impossible possible!

My spring was sponsored by the inspiration of one William to another Williams—capturing the mindset of the maker movement in Malawi!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Watch Out for "Wishcycling"

 Wishcycling... This isn't "when you wish upon a star" tied up with a bike trip.

(Actually, I'm getting an image of ET from the 1982 movie air-bike through my mind... Yikes!!! That just dated me at 35 years ago!!!)

Are you a hopeful recycler?
Do you think, given what your eco-side knows, that things should be recycled... even if the reality of your community's recycling facilities might not truly have that capability?

If so, you might be a wishcycler.

In Anne Arundel County, Maryland, where I live, they often announce that when in doubt, throw it out... IN the recycle bin, and they will figure it out. So tend I "err on the side of heavy."
[For awhile we were composting a most of our food waste... until we had a short-lived, backyard episode of "Ratatoille" & critters using our french drain like the Parisian sewers. So, we are sadly only composting yard waste these days...but, I digress!]

But maybe I've really been lulled into the seduction of being a wishcycler. Paper towels gunk up the gears of recycle center machinery?! Oh man! Have I created that? Have I been an over-hopeful recycler, inadvertently loading up the landfill by "my fault" vs "default" recycling? And I'm the one who knows a lot about the environmental lot! My short term fix... to make this infographic:

So the bottom line and the best line of defense is: get specific to your municipality. Investigate and act accordingly. A classic example is pizza boxes. Many places won't recycle greasy cardboard boxes. But my Arundel County will (see their flyer below). Different communities have different parameters. Therefore, study up, plan with your purchasing dollar, be both well-intentioned and well-informed. And when in doubt, go "real" when choosing items in order to "reduce" and "reuse" (and eliminate the need to "recycle" due to those other two R's)... even during BBQ/picnic season ahead with all those seemingly-recyclable-but-not-always-recyclable-Red-Solo-cups!

Images from: ET movie poster from; definition from; infographic created using (

Saturday, May 13, 2017

On the Go with Karen Williams, Galimotos, & More

A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of having author Karen L. Williams visit our school. I’m always a little in awe when sharing space with real, published authors.
In preparation for that, our team of elementary Special Subject teachers created a bevy of activities to coordinate with eight of Karen's picture books. These picture books focus on the life and culture of Haiti and Malawi, two places in which she lived and found inspiration. The activities below took place both before, after, and even during her all-day visit to school.
While Karen Williams was on campus, she presented two assemblies (one geared for the younger students, the other for 3rd—5th graders). There on stage, she showed us pictures, art, & artifacts; and she told stories of her adventures and how they inspired her writing. We got to see authentic galimotos (GAL-lee-moe-toes), which are toy push-cars made by children out of found wire and natural items. We also got to see both pictures and toy tap taps (colorful trucks, much like buses that people used to get from place to place, and you “tap tapped” on the side to let the driver know where you wanted to get off). No surprise both of these inspired books by the names of these items.

As we created school-wide activities, these were some of our curricular goals to make her visit truly meaningful on multiple levels:
  • Students discover the natural connections between literature and other subjects (art, music, science, technology, social studies, physical education, research, etc.);
  • Students meet literary children/characters from different geographic regions, socioeconomic levels, and cultures;
  • Students receive writing feedback from a successful children’s author;
  • Students connect and interview both a published author and well-traveled humanitarian.
Below are some of the ways we integrated Karen Williams’ books with our studies across the grade-level spectrum. With all of these activities, students got a chance to embrace the maker movement, creativity, problem solving, perseverance & grit, innovation, sustainability, and cultural awareness.

To learn a little about our experience, you can click these links to read both Karen Williams’ blog & the Capital Gazette article by Sharon Lee Tegler.  Additionally, here are some ways to connect with both Karen and her books:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Diet Coke Days Be Gone

Diet Coke and I go back... way back. My family knows that. My colleagues know that. The students I've taught through the years know that. (Yes, I've gotten Diet Coke for Teacher Appreciation Day before--more than once!)

Apparently too, my daughter heard from a buddy of hers that her high school Health class also knows that--not from her, but from a former student of mine from 6-7 years ago. My diet soda saturation apparently made an impact on him, all these years later, and he mentioned my name in class when the health benefits of diet soda was the topic of conversation.

My Diet Coke consumption clearly infamous.

Maybe it was that health class episode (my husbands supposition), or perhaps it was one too many "Model Health Show" podcasts (my theory) that finally did the trick to move me beyond my diet soda bandwagon, jumping instead to the green tea brigade. (Which, I just realized, sounds a lot like "Green Team"... as in "Gazette!" Hmm... maybe that's the true reason I've made the switch!)

People who know me and my 2-3 can a day habit know how big of a deal this is!I feel like I'm at an AA podium, making the announcement to the crowd: "Hi, my name's Vicki. I'm a diet soda junkie, and today I've been Diet Coke-Free for exactly 2 months." Insert a round of "Hi Vicki" here.

As I was finding all the merits of green tea back around St. Patty's Day, I was also paying attention to the infographics detailing the perils of diet soda. All the ones I had conveniently been ignoring all these years. As my mom said, if it can clean a penny, that corrosion might not be good for my interior. Good point.
Like the "tangy zip of Miracle Whip," the carbonated zing of a Diet Coke was a welcome midday friend. But I startled myself these past 2 months--I have never really missed it.

I'm still wrestling with getting used to the actual-drinking-of-hot-beverages. It's so hot! And some places, tea (& likely coffee) only come in evil Styrofoam, so I'm certainly environmentally-conflicted there. But it's still... 2 months later... green tea for the win!

Infographic from; no soda pic from; green tea image

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Linda Richards: A Musical Magician

The strains of the 1970s song "Reunited" are going through my head.

 An old friend is back in town.

These are the things that make your heart sing... especially when songs are involved.

Songs are always involved when it comes to Linda Richards, the mastermind behind S.L.Y.M.I: Sing Like You Mean It. Linda's music education program strives to connect kids (young and old) in music with a meaning and meant to share a message. Linda's mantra: "Songs can change the world!"

Linda, an avid environmental educator, has a rich history, in both environmentalism & music. Working with Pete Seeger on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, she developed a music program called the Power of Song. Linda uses music to enrich content, tying it to emotions while connecting kids to the outdoors, social awareness, & the importance of empathy, respect, & caring for our world.

It's through environmental education that I first met Linda Richards, 10 years ago, at a li'l river-side eco school that sadly no longer is there.
A friend of our science teacher, Linda came to enjoy our Earth Day assembly. There, the 2 of them decided that the following year they could orchestrate a far better assembly... especially if Linda came for two days--writing eco parodies with our elementary students on Day 1 so that they could then BE the assembly the following day. For 6 years, it was an annual Earth Week assembly... which truly made our hearts sing.

Fast forward. My eco school, Eagle Cove, closed in 2014, & all of my colleagues (& students) had to flee the nest. We did, we scattered, we landed, we compared notes, & I found myself thanking my lucky stars where I landed. Some of us did better than others. I was one of the lucky ones! Life moved on, & then with my help (& others), my new school became a green school last spring. Along the way, I shared my ECS eco-experience. In our new green scene, we were looking for an Earth Day Assembly 2017. Enter Linda Richards, & the circle of life. Hakuna Matata.

Linda spent a day at my school, entertaining the younger students in a lively assembly. She & each of our 3rd grade classes wrote eco-parodies.
Our day wrapped up with another assembly for grades 3-5 where the 3rd graders were part of the featured entertainment.

Ahh! To old times, familiar memories, & another crop of kids who get to experience the importance of environmentalism & social awareness through song.
It's a beautiful, wonderful thing.

Here are the 2 songs that Linda Richards wrote with our 3rd graders:

Take Me Out to the Ocean
sung to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"

Take me out to the ocean,
Take me out to the beach,
Help me to pick up the bottle caps,
And find ways to recycle the trash.
And there's oil from boats in the Chesapeake,
The rockfish and oysters are mad!
Stop! Help the Chesapeake and
Save the Day... Hooray!

This Bay Is Your Bay
sung to the tune of "This Land is Your Land"

This bay is your bay,
This bay is my bay,
From our own school,
All the way to Baltimore.
From the longest rivers,
To the deepest oceans,
This bay was made for you and me.

As I was fishing, I saw a rockfish.
It was so slimy, and trapped in plastic.
I helped the rockfish,
And recycled the plastic
What can we do to save our world?

To relive some of my favorite memories with Linda Rivers making magic and music with my former students, check out the links below:
For other ways to visit Linda Richards (because you know you want to)...
Check out her music album that she released earlier this year. (An easy place to get it is iTunes.)
To see the types of music programs she could bring to your school, center, or event go to her Programs page.

Images from our school's photographer; SLYMI logo from

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Marching Toward Actvism

I've said it before: I'm not sure when I became an activist. But given it's my second political march of 2017 and I've become vocal on Twitter, clearly I have become one.

As with the Women's March in January, I was inspired by the solidarity of the assembled masses and the humor, wisdom, & sentiment of the signs. The community of people with common vision and values, coming together, and inspiring hope for our future... this weekend that lent me a grand reassurance that I'm not alone in my priorities.

Along with that, I feel everyone should take part in a mission-centric march that speaks to your passions at least once in their life. Regardless of whether or not your passions match mine. No matter what they are, take part. Do your part. Be a part.

As I was making my way through DC to get to the march, I saw "my peeps" with their signs at the metro. Eye-glances were changed and smiles were shared. Conversations were sometimes had. I happened upon like-minded individuals in their groups, listening to their speakers, yet inviting all passers-by to take part and take a listen. I took time to do just that, smelling the proverbial roses along the way. I enjoyed hearing their songs which was music to my ears and to my heart. I prayed their prayers with them.

Everyone on the planet should get the opportunity to have that experience to find their tribe.

In thinking specifically about the People's Climate March and my experience... As I was going through my pictures afterwards, at home on my couch, reflecting over my day and the discovery that there were over 200,000 people assembling together in DC and approximately 375 sister marches world wide tied with President Trump's 100th Day in office, I was also pondering the political implications. Simultaneously, beyond my window, I had a dozen high school freshmen sitting on my patio. Laughing, carrying on, having their "Friends" episode in my backyard.
This is why I marched. For them. For my preteen and his buddies & pals. For the students I teach and their friends. For my nieces and nephews. for my future grandkids one day. 

They deserve clean air and water. Healthy organic food choices (not necessarily the pizza and chips I served that night). Regulations that serve both our environment and our economy. A plastic-free ocean and a pollution-free landscape. National parks and forests and conservation, preserved land. Animals, like the eagle, that were endangered when I was a child but now have experienced a healthy resurgence. Clean energy like solar or wind. A government that believes in science. A collective agreement that climate change is real. They deserve a habitable planet.

That's my wish in the message of the People's Climate March and the 370+ sister marches of this past Saturday, April 29th. We all deserve this. 

And... if it makes activists out of us all, so be it. An activist, I shall be.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


Here on #ClimateMarch Day... Just a week beyond #EarthDay & the #MarchForScience, this is ever-timely!

The conversation with my 3rd graders in the Maker Lab started like this:  "We've been experimenting with LittleBits for 2 weeks now.  I want you to envision the creator of these. What kind of person do you imagine?"

Answers for both classes were similar:
  • an older guy
  • he's been around a long tme
  • he's really smart
  • he's serious
  • he understands kids
  • maybe a little bit of salt and pepper in his hair
  • he's kind of distingished-looking
  • he looks like he might teach in a college
  • he might be like a scientist or inventor
Then a couple-minutes later into the list, there were these comments:
  • Well, he could be younger, like my brother. My brother is really good at stuff like this.
  • It's probably be a guy... but it could be a girl too. Girls do these things too.
But overwhelmingly, the answers fit the elderly male, professorial avatar, and that is the image most students raised their hands to when placing their final vote of prediction. (Side note: both classes were heavier hit in the female student department.)

Here is the inventor of LittleBits,
during a 2012 TED Talk: 


The conversation with my students, both at the front end (and then the reflection end) was equally rich for both classes. While it was a clear indication that we were all surprised by their first-instinct comparison as related to our predictions versus reality, there ultimately was really no surprise here at all. Girls could do this stuff too Women most certainly could be inventors, scientists, technology leaders, circuitry masters, engineers, and LittleBit Creators. All 4/5 of those STEM/STEAM letters are represented: Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art), Mathematics!

I personally found it startling the default to the male-mental-avatar, here in 2017.

During my mid-March Spring Break, my family and I were meandering around DC's Smithsonian's American History museum. (There, they had a fabulous exhibit on Places of Invention.) In the gift shop, I found two dynamic books from the "Girls in Science" series on this very subject for young upper elementary/middle school students (perfectly timed for the age of girls who tend to step away from science and math):
One of my favorite parts in these approximately 100 page books are the embedded QR codes (tied with photos & info boxes) that link you to places to pursue more research on the historic characters and concepts of the books.

Other books in this dynamic series:
  • Aviation: Cool Women Who Fly
  • Marine Biology: Cool Women Who Dive
  • Forensics: Cool Women Who Investigate
  • Astronomy: Cool Women In Space
For more books about smart, sassy, scientific women, check out "Ignite Her Curiosity: 25 Books Starring Science-Loving Mighty Girls." (I am currently reading the sequel to "Calpurnia Tate," as we speak.)

As educators, I think the timing is ripe to dive in and engage girls to the bounty that is ahead in the STEM & STEAM studies ahead!

People Climate March pic from from ; LittleBits images from and; book images from and; Women in STEM pic from scientist guy clip art from

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vertical Forests Are On The Rise

As our global population grows and approaches 7.5 billion, cities are becoming more crowded and dense with buildings. The urban sprawl continues outward, and building continue to climb upward, encroaching on our green spaces.

For the most part, cityscapes of our larger cities have traditionally have been a shiny collection steel towers and glass windows. Central Park, that green oasis in New York City, no longer is enough.

Visionary architects like Stefano Boeri want to change that by re-working city models to accommodate for the density of people living in those urban areas--and the pollution that comes with it. By building in a solution for sustainability, Boeri has designed buildings that incorporate nature.

Some examples of vertical forests" include Bosco Verticale in Milan, the La Tour des Cedres in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Nanjing Vertical Forest in China. He's also moving on beyond the ideo of green towers to that of a whole forested city, with drawing set up for ForestCityShijazhuang in China. His portfolio of projects is impressive!

Benefits of bringing the look and feel of nature to the over-populated cities are many:
  • All "the green" will help reduce heating and cooling costs by building in natural shade and insulation.
  • The vegetation of "all that green" will act as a filtration system, both producing oxygen, absorbing carbon-dioxide, and filtering "urban dust" pollution of highly populated cities (especially in China, where pollution levels are so high).
  • Intentionality is put into the plant species that are placed on both the towers and in the cities. Given the variety of plants, the trees and shrubbery will become a bio-diverse habitat for many birds and animals as well.
DISCOVERY CHANNEL VERTICAL FOREST from Stefano Boeri Architetti on Vimeo.

For more on greening up our cityscapes, here are a few other links of impressive green buildings:

City Skyline pic from; Vertical forest pic from; Video from

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day: Make a Difference Today, Continue the Education Tomorrow!

Earth Day 2017, here at last.

On this day we honor our planetary home, of course it begs the question: why not make every day Earth Day?

Some people do live their lives that way, and we've been looking at ways to do that all month long, here at GTG.

Given that, let today be a day you go out there and do something great for Mother Nature around you. It might involve a trash clean up, it might involve restoration of habitats or building new for your neighborhood birds. It might involve planting a tree, going for a hike, celebrating the natural world, turning off lights, conserving water, or dining on an organic meal.

Maybe too, it can include a commitment towards more than just a day. Maybe a habit change. Maybe a pursuit of knowledge and education.  Click the "hot spots" in the Thinklink below to go directly to a myriad of environmentally educational videos to build your knowledge base. (Or click the Thinklink link above!) The more you know, the more you care!

Let me know what you are pursuing this Earth Day. What big or small difference can you make today, tomorrow, or even every day this week/month/year ahead?!

Earth Day Every Day Graphic made using, Thinglink clickable graphic made using and the following images:, 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

There's a New Podcast In Town: Begleyesque

Just in time for Earth Day ahead, there's a new podcast in town. (Actually, at this point, it's not as new as it used to be at the start of 2017!) This one is brought to you by Ed Begley, Jr. and his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, and is called Begleyesque. Perhaps so we can all "speak-Begley!"

Ed Begly, Jr.'s name might sound slightly familiar to you as he's both a long-time actor (anyone remember St. Elsewhere?) and a mega-environmental activist. He practices what he preaches, living in a solar powered home, driving an electric car, and currently building a LEED Platinum-Certified house for their next home ("Our Green House with The Begleys"). He and Rachelle (also an actor) co-starred in the reality series "Living With Ed," which was shown on both HGTV and Discovery’s Planet Green.

Given all the "green" above, yes, this weekly podcast is about "living green." It's a fun mix of Hollywood celebrities and environmental innovators chatting with Mr. & Mrs. Begley. There's also a Q&A segment per episode, with the gameplan being "saving the planet one person or household at a time."

You can find it on their website, or subscribe at iTunes.

Episodes, to date, include:
  1. Introducing Begleyesque      (a very good place to start!)
  2. Going Green W/Jeff Goldblum
  3. Save Money, Save The Planet
  4. Moby Reveals His Real Name & Talks Veganism
  5. Green Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
  6. Sharon Lawrence Talks Water Pollution & Women Power
  7. Bill Nye Hijacks a Conversation With Frances Fisher
  8. Air Pollution: Causes, Effects, & Solutions
  9. Beth Grant Gets High Off Love
  10. Mike Farrell Talks JFK Assassination
  11. Michael Kaliski, Hollywood's Green Movie Guy
  12. Public Transportation vs. Uber vs. Biking
  13. Don Most Talks “Happy Days” & Vaudeville’s Comeback
  14. Oceana’s Keith Addis On Bait and Switch in Aquaculture
May the eco-inspiration over at Begleyeque get you geared up for Earth Day, just a few days away!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Running On Plastic: Shoe-Speaking, That Is

There is an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic in our world's oceans. The environmental hazards linked to that are far reaching, from damaging marine wildlife to getting into our food sources. It's not a problem that solves itself, so we are lucky to have change-makers among us who are willing to think outside the box to figure out ways to repurpose some of the trash among us.

Adidas is one of the latest in the bunch as it partners with Parley for the Oceans (an amazing organization committed to the health and fragility of oceans--and a great place to go to gain information on marine debris and oceanic activism).  Adidas has a new shoe on the market that is made from oceanic plastic waste, in particular gill nets (vertical nets that trap fish by their... you guessed it... gills).

To learn more about Adidas' new shoes line, watch the videos below or go to Fortress of Solitudes' interview with Adidas & Parley. To learn about their company stance on sustainability, click here.

To learn more about Parley for the Oceans:

videos from and and; shoe image from; "The beginning of the end of plastic"  pic from; sea turtle pic from

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Earth Day Is On Its Way: April 22

Since 1970, Earth Day has been April 22nd. This year, it feels like a little darker and more important event with the EPA on the budgetary slice & dice line, as we live under an administration where Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, regarding climate change: "I think the president was fairly straightforward on that: We're not spending money on that anymore."

But for those of us who are educators, particularly environmental educators, science data speaks louder than presidents & their budget directors. Which is why perhaps this year, Earth Day education is needed now more than ever.

Going to the source is often the best place to start. Earth Day Network is that place. Working globally with 196 countries, environmental sustainability & protecting the planet for our children's children are the tenets of their mission. You can learn of the history of Earth Day and their "record of successes."

Here is a glorious portal of information & downloadable resources for Earth Day:
Additionally they have a wealth of information on the Campaigns page. Here, they have links to their 6 different themed campaigns: Green Schools, Endangered Species, Reforestation, Green Cities, Campaigns for Communities, and Climate Change. (Or you can go to their "All" link to... well... see them all!)  Each of these themes serves as an umbrella for a bounty of even more specific campaigns. It might be a good place to go find your passion, your tribe, or extra tidbits of specialized information.

And, if you are around DC on Earth Day, there's always the March For Science on the National Mall. I was there for the Women's March. DC is a powerful place to be part of something so big. The march is geared to start at 8 am with rallies and teach-ins beginning at 10 am with a multitude of speakers. For more specific information, click here to go directly to the March of Science website.

For those not near DC, you can still take part! You can find one of the nearly 400 satellite marches in the US or across the globe.

As stated from the Earth Day Network website:
"Science serves all of us. It protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives with medical treatments, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future. Science isn’t Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative. Indeed, threats to science are pervasive throughout governments around the world."
Science is not partisan. Nor are facts. This Earth Day, let's go out there as educators and inform both our students and ourselves. Let's go out there as citizens and do something good for the planet. I'd love to hear about your plans and your actions.

Banner image screenshot & logo from, Neil DeGrasse photo from; Women's March photo from my camera.