HOW COLONIZATION CHANGED NORTH AMERICA
Colonization is a complicated topic, but it shaped North America as we know it. The European empires had a lot of people and a lot of money, but not a lot of land. The European rulers decided to send out explorers to find new land. They hoped this new land […]
Sixty Years of Observing Our Earth
Satellites are a part of our everyday life. We use global positioning system (GPS) satellites to help us find directions. Satellite television and telephones bring us entertainment, and they connect people all over the world. Weather satellites help us create forecasts, and if there’s a disaster — such as […]
The Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian Institution is a museum and research complex. It is made up of 19 museums, nine research facilities and the National Zoo. It was established by and named after James Smithson. He was a British scientist. When he died, Smithson gave his wealth to the United States to create “an […]
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, headquarters is in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States of America. As Washington, D.C., is the capital, it is the center of many of the nation’s most important departments.
Most of the scientists and engineers that work for NASA do […]
Can you imagine visiting another planet?
Or even living on one? If it were possible, would you choose to do it?
For many, space is a symbol of endless possibilities. Every year, scientists discover new planets with environments unlike anything they could have imagined. We know these distant bodies have the potential to revolutionize science […]
February 14 & 19
For many Americans, February means Valentine’s Day, and Valentine’s Day means giving cards and gifts and eating a lot of chocolate. Every year on Feb. 14, Americans spend billions of dollars on candy, cards, flowers and other gifts to give to their loved ones, but the reason this tradition started is […]
Wild Weather Jobs: Algorithm Engineer
Jamese Sims, Ph.D.
If you look at a weather satellite up close, you can tell it’s a pretty complicated piece of hardware. What you can’t see are the hundreds of algorithms – math equations written in computer language – which allow the satellite to collect weather information, […]
There are many places on Earth where it snows, but did you know it snows on other worlds, too? Here are just a few of the places where you might find snow beyond Earth:
The north pole and south pole of Mars have ice caps that grow and shrink with the seasons. These […]
The music in Newfoundland and Labrador has a strong connection to fishing. The first people to settle in the region – Irish, Scots, French and English were all fisherman. In addition to their families, they brought their traditional instruments and songs. Many men shared their songs while they worked and while relaxing in […]
Pitch and toss or pitching pennies is a relatively simple but ancient game. The oldest known version of the game was played by the ancient Greeks, who used bronze coins.
Over the years, the game spread. Through the ages, people used different kinds of coins, but the main points of the game remain the […]