This Week in STEM: Cloned Primates and Saving Tortoises from Climate Change

This Week in STEM: Cloned Primates and Saving Tortoises from Climate Change

At Concept Schools, we get a little bit excited about all things related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We always keep an eye out for what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

We can’t share all of the amazing things happening in STEM, so leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week.

These High Schoolers are Hoping to Save Tortoises

Climate change is affecting our earth in many ways, and the Galapagos Islands are no exception. After a season of no rain, tortoises of the islands were left without a food source–grass–for nearly a year. Students from Cazares High School on the island of Santa Cruz are working with scientists and the Galapagos National Park to collect potentially life-saving data on the land tortoise population of the island. Read the article above to learn more about how the teens are playing their part in the effort to save the tortoises from the effects of climate change. 

Photo: Matt Rogers, PRI

Super Blue Blood Moon is Coming

Set your alarms for tomorrow, you won’t want to miss the lunar event of the year: a super blue blood moon. Watch the video below to learn more about the event, and read the article above to learn what time you should be running outside to view the event. 

Meet the First Cloned Macaques

Scientists in China have successfully cloned a pair of macaque monkeys. The method used to clone them could theoretically be used to eventually clone humans. This news has raised several questions about the ethics behind cloning. 

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