WATER QUALITY AND INVASIONS: A GLOBAL APPROACH  

Some invasive species have had a positive effect. Introduced zebra mussels, for example, have reduced algal growths in the Great Lakes. Other species, such as exotic plants, can drastically alter soil nutrient dynamics and ecosystem processes in terrestrial systems.

PLANET WATER: What kinds of human interventions can help the health of marine life?  

Water covers more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface and represents more than 95 percent of its habitable space. Yet despite the enormous scale of our water world, we, humans, are having serious impacts.

MI TIERRA, MI MUNDO — SCIENCE AND CULTURE OF THE WATERSHED  

Mi Tierra, Mi Mundo is a virtual role-playing adventure game exploring the relationship of culture and the environment Students learn about real-world ecological concepts related to sustainability and stewardship, as well as career development in STEM-related fields.

IT’S NOT EASY BEING AMPHIBIAN: THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER  

Climb into the tree canopies with frogs and delve into the underground world of salamanders with Ed Smith and Jennifer Sevin from the National Zoo. They will explore the various ways amphibians use and need water and the current challenges these animals face.

COMBINING REAL AND VIRTUAL WATERSHEDS TO TEACH STEWARDSHIP, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SOUND SCIENCE  

Discover how Smithsonian scientists and educators are collaborating to create activities that focus on watersheds. These learning experiences challenge students to make observations, gather and analyze data, and then present their conclusions and recommendations to others.

A LOOK BACK AT MUSIC AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY APPROACH  

Musicians have long raised powerful voices for environmental advocacy.

NO NEW WATER  

Water, especially urban waterways, will be discussed in terms of systems, human impact, and civic responsibility. Using the Anacostia River as a case study, the session makes learning about global water systems easy to comprehend by all ages in any locale.

LOOKING AT GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES FROM SPACE  

Water flows connect land, air, and oceans, and are essential to all life. With data from orbiting satellites, we can measure differences in soil moisture, identify geological structures, and map flood zones.

About SHOUT!

Shout invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues. Connect online to interact with experts in the field, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world who, like you, are committed to solving environmental challenges. Shout gives participants a framework for success, with resources and tools for exercising social responsibility while building the 21st-century skills of collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking. When students are connected through technology and empowered to build activities in their own way the learning experience extends far beyond the four walls of a classroom. Learn more about Shout.