This Week in STEM: Real-life Pokémon and the Hidden Continent

This Week in STEM: Real-life Pokémon and the Hidden Continent

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 on what’s going on in STEM in the news. Each week we will share what we think is awesome and worth learning about.

There are many more amazing things going on in STEM than we have shared, so leave a comment with your favorite STEM news from this week. 

 

Get Excited (or Terrified): Scientists Found a New Giant Rat Species

And we’re pretty sure it looks suspiciously like Raticate, the 2nd evolution of everyone’s favorite plentiful Pokémon, Rattata. Do you see the resemblance? The new rat is rumored to live in the trees of the Solomon Islands, where it happily scurries around at over a foot in length with teeth so strong it can punch through coconuts

Zealandia: The Lost Continent of Earth

Learning about the history of our world is always exciting, but even more so when we find hidden treasures. Geologists have found evidence of an 8th, lost continent off the eastern coast of Australia. Welcome to the continent family, Zealandia! 

Happy Birthday, Google!

Google celebrated its 19th birthday this week, complete with an interactive birthday doodle! Users can spin the wheel that contains 19 surprises Google has launched over the last 19 years. Check out the doodle here to play along and learn a little bit more about how Google and the modern-day search engine have gotten to where they are today. 

What’s your math story?

September 25th was National Math Storytelling day, and Erik Day from GettingSmart shared a story of math fitting into his daily life. Do you have a story about math in your life? Comment below to share! And if you’d rather tell your math story through photos, hop on over to MathCON to learn about their photo contest for middle and high school mathemagicians! 

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