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GeoChallenge: Home Edition | Middle School Guide  

The planet is at a crossroads and it needs your help. We face complex environmental threats like greenhouse gases, ocean plastic pollution, and biodiversity loss. Take part in the The National Geographic Global Plastics GeoChallenge and learn, design, and create a solution to prevent or reduce plastic pollution in your community with a virtual team, or tackle the challenge on your own.

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GeoChallenge: Home Edition | High School Guide  

The planet is at a crossroads and it needs your help. We face complex environmental threats like greenhouse gases, ocean plastic pollution, and biodiversity loss. Take part in the The National Geographic Global Plastics GeoChallenge and learn, design, and create a solution to prevent or reduce plastic pollution in your community with a virtual team, or tackle the challenge on your own.

A view of Durbar Square in Lalitpur Metropolitan City, also known as Patan, backdropped by the Himalaya.

Nepal  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Photos, fun facts, wildlife, natural resources, maps and to more - to explore Nepal.

The Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) is a vulnerable species of leopard found in parts of the mountain ranges and steppes of Asia.

Snow Leopard  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
The snow leopard's large paws work like snowshoes, letting the cat walk on snow without sinking.

Red pandas (Ailurus fulgens) are an endangered species native to the mountain ranges of Nepal and China.

Red Panda  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
In winter, red pandas may spend up to 13 hours a day looking for bamboo and eating it.

The Khumbu Valley offers stunning views of the Himalaya on the route to Everest base camp.

Mountain Habitat  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Geography, climate, animals, and more!

The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is an endangered species native to the Indian subcontinent.

Bengal Tiger  

Read and Explore: Grades K-5
Easily recognized by its coat of reddish-orange with dark stripes, the tiger is the largest wild cat in the world.

The first team of mountaineers from the United States team ascending Everest, Nepal, in 1963.

Nepal  

Test your knowledge of Nepal with this fun Kahoot!

Exploring with GIS: Visualizing a Glacier

Exploring with GIS: Visualizing a Glacier  

Watch: Grades 5-12
Travel along with Alex Tait, The Geographer at National Geographic, and a team of mappers on an expedition to Mount Everest.

In 1991, The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) was founded to help keep the Khumbu region clean, in part through the management of controlled waste collection sites such as this rubbish pit at the village of Lobuje near Everest.

Trash and Overcrowding at the Top of the World  

Read: Grades 5-8
With more and more people visiting it each year, Mount Everest has grown increasingly polluted. This has led to the contamination of the local watershed, which threatens the health of local people.

Mapping Change at the Roof of the World

Mapping Change at the Roof of the World  

Watch: Grades 6-12
National Geographic led an expedition to create extremely detailed maps of the Khumbu Glacier, which is the world's highest.  The team used advanced techniques learn how climate change is affecting the glacier, and how those changes will affect the people who have lived near the Khumbu for centuries.

Collecting data at the peak of the world, Paul Mayewski and his multidisciplinary team of scientists endeavor to understand the full impact of climate change on one of the most extreme places on earth: Mount Everest. From one of the highest weather statio

Inside the Perpetual Planet Expedition to Mount Everest  

Watch : Grades 6-12
From one of the highest weather stations ever built to a ballpoint pen and paper, this expedition uses all levels of data collecting tools to drill into the ice cores of the past and monitor the glacial movements of the future.

Gharials

Gharials  

Watch: Grades 3-12
What is a gharial? Watch how this Nepalese breeding program returns the endangered species to the wild.

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Real-Time Data  

Watch: Grades 5-12
National Geographic Explorer, Sam Brooks Hyde works to bring real-time data from Mount Everest right to your screen. The technology they use visualizes data to help learners experience and understand the world.

Clue to a People's Origins

Clue to a People's Origins  

Watch: Grades 9-12
Strontium analysis of teeth can tell us about an individual.  Scientists have been collecting data to be able to give exact strontium levels for any place on Earth.

Uncovering a Cultural Mystery

Uncovering a Cultural Mystery  

Watch: Grades 9-12
A camera candidly records a rare moment of discovery as two archaeologists discover interesting marks on the bones of the early Samdzong people of Upper Mustang, Nepal.

Analyzing Himalayan Mummies

Analyzing Himalayan Mummies  

Watch: Grades 9-12
Scientists re-curate stored scientific finds 20 years after they were discovered. Technology has evolved and rather than testing for DNA in the marrow of leg bones, scientists today test for DNA using teeth.

Rhi Rhi Cave Burial Site

Rhi Rhi Cave Burial Site  

Watch: Grades 9-12
A scientific team investigates a remote, nearly-inaccessible mortuary cave, documents the findings and determines a date for the minimal artifacts and sketches out a burial site – all without doing any actual excavating.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science  

Use SciStarter to find your next citizen science activity!  Over 3,000 projects and events are searchable by location, scientific topic, and age level, and by joining SciStarter, members can track their contributions and provide valuable feedback.

Two girls sit together reading books on a wooden bridge in a park.

Book List  

Explore Through Reading: Grades K-12
Books have the ability to transport readers to faraway places. Explore a different part of the world through this curated reading list.

Explorer Classroom

As communities around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and learning this summer, we invite you to join us for live broadcasts of Explorer Classroom on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.

Explorer Classroom Special Edition:  Photo Camp Live

Ages 16+

Learn from National Geographic Explorers and photographers each Friday at 2:00 p.m. EDT, as they share their journeys to capture powerful moments of community and connection. Hear about their experiences in the field, the passion that drives their work, and their efforts to cultivate empathy and understanding through their assignments, whether it’s documenting the lives of people facing injustice or a community’s cultural ties to the natural world.  Receive a weekly assignment and share your photos on social media.

Events are free and open to the public. Register for a chance at one of six on-camera spots to ask Explorers your questions face to face!

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