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The Nordic Built Cities Challenge - Nordic Built Cities. Principles. Use a Systems Thinking tool - Educational Technology in CFSD. Teach Systems Thinking. Hide Caption Researchers from NASA Goddard’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office ran a simulation of the atmosphere that captured how winds whip aerosols around the world.

Teach Systems Thinking

Such simulations allow scientists to better understand how these tiny particulates travel in the atmosphere and influence weather and climate. This visualization shows how dust and sea salt swirl inside cyclones, carbon bursts from fires, sulfate streams from volcanoes. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Provenance: Image Credit: NASA/NPP Team Reuse: Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center This page draws on materials developed at the 2010 Cutting Edge workshop on Complex Systems and the 2012 InTeGrate workshops on Teaching the Methods of Geoscience and Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences. Effective Strategies for Teaching Systems Thinking Concept maps are a helpful way of seeing components of a system and information flows among components.

Why Teach Systems Thinking? DIY Solar. 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive: Scientific American. Country information. Futurology. Login. Power of Nature. Experiments. DUST. Graphene. Watch A Robot Take On A Ping-Pong Champ In This Epic Matchup. In an epic battle of man-versus-machine ping-pong, man ultimately prevails, but the showdown highlights advances in developing human-like qualities in robots. To celebrate the opening of a Shanghai factory, German robotics company Kuka pitted its one-armed ping-pong-playing robot against German table tennis champ Timo Boll.

Easing concerns about robot overlords, Boll wins narrowly, 11-9. Ping-pong has become a popular way to demonstrate agility and rapid reflexes in robots. 12 Events That Will Change Everything, Made Interactive: Scientific American. 10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics. People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics ? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Below are my two favorite infographic-making web 2.0 tools that I highly recommend. Click the name of each tool to learn more!

Visual.ly One of the more popular ways to discover infographics, Visual.ly actually just launched a design overhaul of their website. Education Infographics. Japanese Robots Can Now Ride Bicycles. These Are The Most Water-Stressed Countries In The World. Stable and abundant water supplies are becoming increasingly difficult to come by on a warming planet with a growing population.

These Are The Most Water-Stressed Countries In The World

And according to new data, 37 countries in the world already face "extremely high" levels of water stress. The Washington, DC environmental research organization World Resources Institute released the data from their Aqueduct project Thursday. Extremely high water stress means that more than 80 percent of the water available to the agricultural, domestic and industrial users in a country is being withdrawn annually and that the risk of water scarcity in a region is remarkably high.

"Water stress can have serious consequences for countries around the world," said Paul Reig, associate for WRI's Aqueduct project, to The Huffington Post. "Droughts, floods and competition for limited supplies can threaten national economies and energy production, and even jeopardize people’s lives. Nearly One In 10 U.S. Watersheds Is 'Stressed'; Demand For Water Outpacing Supply: CIRES Study.

A Conversation About How We Change the World. I'm gearing up for a big week next week.

A Conversation About How We Change the World

And I hope you can join me in an on-going conversation online, throughout the week, because I need your voice to make a difference. I'll be in New York City and am excited to talk with everyone from world leaders at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) annual session to social good advocates at the Social Good Summit about how the world is doing when it comes to improving life for the poorest people. AascuGlobalChallenges [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage. American Democracy Project (ADP) Civic Engagement in Action Series.

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AascuGlobalChallenges [licensed for non-commercial use only] / FrontPage. Mapping the Nation. We need your help.

Mapping the Nation

Do you know of global learning initiatives in Missouri? Please email us and let us know. Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt. Why A T-Shirt?

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

We wanted to see the hidden world behind clothes sold in this country, so we decided to make a T-shirt. We wanted to make an ordinary shirt like the vast majority of the shirts sold in this country — not organic cotton, not hand-sewn in the United States. Watch The World Grow Older*, In 4 GIFs : Planet Money. The developed world is getting old, and Japan is the poster boy.

Watch The World Grow Older*, In 4 GIFs : Planet Money

The graph below shows how, over the course of a century, Japan shifts a from nation where children predominate to a nation of senior citizens. (The population figures and projections for the coming half-century are from the United Nations' Population Division.) Aging populations are typically driven by declining fertility rates and increased life spans. The U.S. is aging as well, but not nearly as much as Japan. The fertility rate in the U.S. remains higher than the fertility rate in Japan — 2 children per woman in the U.S. vs 1.3 in Japan. *Not all countries are getting older. In Nigeria, for example, the fertility rate is 6 children per woman.

Population Growth, 1950-2050. Global Carbon Atlas. Global Engagement: Educating Globally Competent Citizens.