Transformational Learning in the Amazon

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Blind Dates in the Amazon

Standing on the banks of the Sucasari River as dusk began to settle around me, I strained to hear the sound of approaching boats over the cacophony of rainforest insects and frogs.  I had only emerged from the jungle two hours earlier after spending over a week with high school students exploring the rainforest from…

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Just when you thought you knew everything about sloths…

Sloths have been making headlines this week –  They even got a feature in the New York Times! Maybe you thought all you really needed to know about sloths is that they are sloowwww, like to hang out in trees, are kind of a greenish brown, and are just about the cutest things that live in…

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Amazon Super Heroes Caught Moonlighting as K-12 Educators!

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times…the future of the planet depends on the students sitting in our classrooms.  As educators, the task of nurturing this next generation to appreciate the role of science in addressing local as well as global problems often falls to us. At times this may seem like a super human…

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The Benefits of Tarantulas on the Ceilings and Frogs in the Showers

Let’s be honest…looking for tarantulas on the ceiling before sitting down to dinner is not considered normal. Nor is checking for frogs in the shower before you shampoo.  But as many of our Amazon travelers will attest, there is an undeniable sense of pride and accomplishment when you can actually say you’ve done this!  There…

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Amazon Rainforest Floods U.S. Classrooms!

We’ve said it before, and we can’t help but say it again…” What happens in the Amazon should never stay in the Amazon!” Each and every year the educators and students we have the privilege to share the Amazon with give life to these words.  Each and every year the wonders of the Amazon are…

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New species of STEM discovered in the Amazon!

After poking around in the leaf litter and climbing into the canopy of the Amazon, it seems we might have discovered a new species of STEM.  We affectionately call it by its common name, STEMazon.  Although not officially described by STEMologists, we have petitioned to give it a proper scientific name – Stemus amazonicus. STEM,…

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What if Darwin had a smartphone?

Back in the day, science was often relegated to wealthy, self-funded explorers and “gentlemen scientists” the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Charles Darwin, and Isaac Newton.  One could argue that they were the original “citizen scientists” but back then you had to have money and time to explore the world and formulate big thoughts. For the…

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Amazon Apprentices: Mentoring Inquiry in the Canopy

What do one tropical canopy researcher, a Minnesota teacher, and a bunch of teenagers have in common?  On the surface, not much.  But dig a bit deeper, or rather climb a bit higher, and you will find a shared passion for exploring and understanding the intricacies of the Amazon rainforest canopy! Researcher, Dr. Meg Lowman,…

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The Epic Orchid Bee Quest of 2012

What do you do with a bug net, a vial of wintergreen essential oil, cotton swabs, and push pins, when you are in the middle of the Amazon rainforest?  If you are a curious explorer you design an experiment to investigate orchid bees of course!   Last summer that is exactly what happened when students and…

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