Fall is a time for pumpkins, sweaters, football, and apple cider. But it is also packed full of holidays to thrill the science lovers in your family.
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1. National Museum Day: September 24
What a perfect day for a field trip! Here is a massive list of science museums all over the world. Jump right to the section for science museums in the United States, or visit the website of THE greatest science museum on the planet…COSI in Columbus, Ohio.
2. Math Storytelling Day: September 25
Today is the perfect day to put away the math curriculum and have fun with real-world math and living math books. For some ideas, check out the resources I wrote about in Teaching Middle School Math and Ten Math Books for Under $10.
3. Google’s Birthday: September 27
Google has switched its birthday around over the years, but it is now currently celebrated on the 27th. 2016 will mark the multinational technology company’s 18th birthday.
4. Right Brainers Rule! Month: the month of October
Math is a mostly left-brained function. But some research has shown that right-brain dominant people do better in engineering fields. While it is true that left-brained individual tend to be more logical, right-brained people tend to be more creative. Creativity is a must for a lot of engineering and technology fields.
5. World Day of Architecture: October 3
This event was set up by an International group of architects to remind the world of the beauty of architecture and importance of architectural firms around the world.
6. Techie’s Day: October 3
The day was created to encourage more students to consider careers in technology. This is also a day to appreciate the techies in your life.
7. World Space Week: October 4-10
World Space Week is officially defined as “an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.” It is the largest annual space event in the world. Learn more about World Space Week.
8. Earth Science Week: October 9-15
This international event was created to help people gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. Learn more about Earth Science Week.
9. National Metric Week: October 9-15
While the United States is surprisingly only one of countries that does not use the metric system (maybe we like being different?) it is still very important for us to know the metric measurements.
10. National Chemistry Week: October 16-22
This week-long event aims to raise awareness of the importance of chemistry in everyday life. A whopping 10,000 individuals and members of businesses and schools volunteer their time, money and resources. Read more about National Chemistry Week.
11. Geography Awareness Week: November 13-19
This is a week-long celebration of all things geography and the powerful role it plays in our lives. Find more resources at National Geographic.
12. America Recycles Day: November 15
We all know how important recycling is and while the national recycling rate has increased every year for the past 30 years, the current recycling rate is still only 34%. This initiative is to encourage people to reduce waste by recycling. Learn more at Keep America Beautiful.
13. Fibonacci Day: November 23
This day honors Leonardo Fibonacci, an influential mathematician from the Middle Ages. Why November 23? Because when written as 11/23, the numbers form a short Fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3). In a Fibonacci sequence, a number is the sum of the two numbers before it. In the sequence 1, 1, 2, 3…1+1=2; 1+2=3.
14. Computer Science Education Week: December 4-10
CSEdWeek is a week-long event, organized by Code.org, dedicated to inspiring students to take interest in computer science. Read more about getting involved.
15. Christmas Bird Count: December 14 – January 5
This 3 week-long event is a winter bird census. Counters participate in a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. You can read more and sign up at Audubon.
- September 29, 1901 – Enrico Fermi, nuclear physicist
- October 5, 1882 – Robert Hutchings Goddard, considered the father of the Space Age
- October 6, 1846 – George Westinghouse, engineer and inventor who developed AC electric power
- October 21, 1833 – Alfred Nobel, chemist and engineer who established the Nobel Prizes
- October 28, 1914 – Jonas Salk, physician who developed polio vaccine
- November 7, 1867 – Marie Curie, chemist and physicist
- November 8, 1656 – Edmund Halley, astronomer and mathematician
- November 9, 1934 – Carl Sagan, astronomer
- November 14, 1765 – Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat
- November 18, 1923 – Alan Shepard, first American astronaut in space
- December 8, 1765 – Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin
- December 15, 1832 – Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the engineer who designed the Eiffel Tower
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