Grades 9-12

Gopher Tortoises: My Endangered Fellow Floridians

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Gopher Tortoises: My Endangered Fellow Floridians

Saddle up for a visit to the Circle F Dude Ranch, where this 7th-grader from Florida will introduce you to ... gopher tortoises. These burrowing reptiles have shovel-like forelimbs.

The Growth Patterns of Aspens

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Growth Patterns of Aspens

Is an aspen's diameter affected by its distance from the center of the grove? The search for the answer to this question sent this 8th-grader from Colorado on a two-year-plus expedition.

Morphologic Variation in the Common Periwinkle

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Morphologic Variation in the Common Periwinkle

The common periwinkle, now one of the most abundant marine gastropods on the North Atlantic coast, was introduced accidentally to Nova Scotia around 1857. Investigate it with an 11th-grader from Maine.

The Mysterious Peregrine Falcon

Young Naturalist Awards Essay

The Mysterious Peregrine Falcon

On a hiking trip, this 12th-grader from New Brunswick spied a peregrine falcon. A second trip brought the discovery of another falcon—a rare breeding pair. But then the mystery began ...

Exploring Density

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Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

The Abundance of Elements in the Sun

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The Abundance of Elements in the Sun

What’s the universe made of? Scientists tackle this puzzle by studying the composition of the different objects contained in the universe. In this activity the object is the Sun, and the tools are the periodic table and a graph.

Curriculum Materials

Booklist: Native American Myths

Compare contemporary myths with those from the 19th century. Read trickster tales from 55 tribal groups. And peruse illustrated Haida myths. 

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Discovering Vietnam's Ethnic Diversity

Did you know that Vietnam has 54 officially recognized ethnic groups, speaking more than 50 languages? Explore the country's rich diversity with a look at the many traditions that define contemporary life in Vietnam.

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Discovering Vietnam's Biodiversity

Now that peace has firmly taken hold in Vietnam, scientific research is flourishing once again. Meet some of the country's diverse animal and plant life, including many rare and endangered species.

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