Grades 6-8

What Makes You, YOU

What Makes You, YOU

Nature + Nurture = You! While it may look like a simple equation, the combination of your genes and your environment is actually very complicated. Find out if your answers match your family's.

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

How can you wear a chimp on your wrist—without getting primate elbow? The answer to this riddle is not as tough as it may seem. Need a hint? Take a closer look at genetic code.

Parts of an Insect (Grasshopper)

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Parts of an Insect (Grasshopper)

The tibia's connected to the femur; the head's connected to the prothorax ... Learn the parts that make up an insect with this illustrated guide to a grasshopper.

Plant/Arthropod Interactions

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Plant/Arthropod Interactions

Not all arthropods are equal in the eyes of plants. To attract helpful ones and fend off harmful ones, plants use their important chemical and mechanical attributes.

Using GPS in Antarctica

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Using GPS in Antarctica

Remote sensing, which not long ago was limited to the classified community, is now a popular tool for researchers in a variety of fields. Learn more about its use to monitor Antarctica's glaciers.

Living and Working in Antarctica Safely

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Living and Working in Antarctica Safely

Each year, more than 1,000 researchers and support staff travel to Antarctica. It's Ferris's job to make sure that each one has safety training, plus the right supplies and transportation.

Sea Ice in Antarctica

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Sea Ice in Antarctica

This Connecticut teacher traveled to Antarctica to research ice cores. Learn more about the time she spent on an icebreaker and why she's continuing to study sea ice in a graduate program.

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Mercator Projection

A globe may be the most accurate way to represent the Earth, but you can't slip one into your back pocket. The Mercator projection map is certainly portable, but look what it does to Antarctica!

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Polar Projection

If you've ever compared a map of the world and a globe, then you've seen how Antarctica can get really distorted. See how a polar projection map solves that problem.

Keeping a Field Journal

Keeping a Field Journal

Field journals are incredibly important to researchers. In fact, many can't imagine doing science without them. Learn how to create your own valuable journal.

Stargazing

Stargazing

There are thousands of stars in the night sky. Hidden among them are constellations and planets. How many can you find? Record your sightings in a stellar sky journal.

Types of Antennae

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Types of Antennae

Arthropods may use antennae to touch, smell, and even hear the world. But that doesn't mean that all of these appendages look the same. From featherlike to clubbed, see the wide variety of antennae.

Who Are the Plants?

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Who Are the Plants?

There are 10 divisions in the plant kingdom. The largest order, flowering plants, has 235,000 species. The smallest, gingkoes, has a single species. Learn more about the orders in the kingdom Plantae.

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