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Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

6 -12 Science | December 9, 2014 | 24 Comments

Is It Ethical to Colonize Mars?

In 2024, Mars One is planning to send four individuals on an one-way trip to live on Mars. Is it ethical to colonize Mars or other planets outside of our own?

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Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

6 -12 Science | December 3, 2014

Climate Change: Beyond the Headlines

Explore California’s drought, sea level rise, renewable energy and more at the touch of your finger tip! Clue into Climate is a new e-book series about the science behind climate change with interactive animations, infographics, videos and audio reports from KQED and its partners.

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Should We Fund Space Exploration?

6 -12 Science | November 25, 2014 | 17 Comments

Should We Fund Space Exploration?

Human space travel has long been a subject of fascination and scientific inquiry. Should we fund space exploration, or would the money be better spent elsewhere?

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How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

6 -12 Science | November 17, 2014

How Hydropower Dams Work [Interactive]

Although hydropower has been in use for centuries, largely in the form of water wheels, hydroelectricity is a more recent phenomenon. Hydroelectricity is a type of hydropower and is created as moving water powers machines that produce electricity. Here’s an interactive explainer that shows you how it works.

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Should Fracking Be Banned?

6 -12 Science | October 28, 2014 | 97 Comments

Should Fracking Be Banned?

The November 2014 ballot contains an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing for three counties in California. Hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” is steeped in controversy, from the amount of water it uses to how and where that water is eventually disposed.

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Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

6 -12 Science | October 14, 2014 | 44 Comments

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go?

More than 5,000 schools nationwide have transitioned from traditional learning methods to project-based learning (PBL). Should all schools move in this direction and implement PBL in their science classes?

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How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

6 -12 Science | October 1, 2014 | 59 Comments

How Do We Prioritize Protecting Species in the Face of Climate Change?

Plants and animals are responding to climate change in different ways, altering ecosystems all over the world. How do we balance protecting species with human interests in dealing with and adapting to climate change? What do we prioritize?

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Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

6 -12 Science | August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cap-and-Trade for Carbon?

In 2012, California launched its cap-and-trade program. In this program, the government sets a limit on the total amount of allowable carbon emissions from businesses, refineries, manufacturers and power plants. Some people think that a tax on carbon emissions would be better. How do you think companies can best be regulated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

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How Would You Design a Bicycle?

6 -12 Science | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

How Would You Design a Bicycle?

Learning to ride a bicycle is a strong memory from many of our childhoods. How did you learn how to ride a bicycle? What would you change about how today’s bicycles are designed?

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Science Educators: Participate in our Online Focus Group!

6 -12 Science | August 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Science Educators: Participate in our Online Focus Group!

KQED Education is looking for science educators to participate in a study of our online professional development materials. These online training modules are designed to teach educators how to use and create media in their secondary science classrooms. We would like to refine and expand these online training offerings, and need your feedback to do […]

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