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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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Native Americans - Posted by Elizabeth Shackleton


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Ben Franklin Elementary



What do we know about the way Native Americans lived, worked and played? How does environment change the way they lived?

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What do we know about the way Native Americans lived, worked and played? How does environment change the way they lived?

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Anthropology | Culture | Environment | Native American

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Renewable Energy - Posted by Binod Ojha


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Bangalore



How can we ensure all transportation use only renewable/clean energy for zero emission.

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How can we ensure all transportation use only renewable/clean energy for zero emission.

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Climate Change | Environment | Renewable Energy

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Ozone Layer - Posted by Rachel Webb


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Alaska



What would happen to Earth if the hole in the ozone layer continues to grow?

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What would happen to Earth if the hole in the ozone layer continues to grow?

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Climate Change | Conservation | Environment

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Renewable Energy - Posted by Binod Ojha


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Bangalore



How can renewable energy help reduce global warming?

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How can renewable energy help reduce global warming?

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Climate | Energy | Environment | Global Warming

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Flies and Mice - Posted by Daniel Suarez


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Colombia



What is the function of flies and mice within their ecosystems?

Para que existen las moscas y los ratones? (Big Question originally submitted in Spanish).

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What is the function of flies and mice within their ecosystems?

Para que existen las moscas y los ratones? (Big Question originally submitted in Spanish).

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Biology | Ecology | Environment | Science | Spanish

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Gardening - Posted by Melissa R Chow


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Bradenton Florida United States



Why can it be important to grow your own garden produce?

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Why can it be important to grow your own garden produce?

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Biology | Economy | Environment | Gardening | Nature | Wellbeing

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Sustainability of Farming - Posted by James Palmer


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Rutland - United Kingdom



What can be done to improve the sustainability of an economically challenged farm?

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What can be done to improve the sustainability of an economically challenged farm?

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Conservation | Economics | Economy | Environment | Farm | Farming | Sustainability

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Ants across the World - Posted by Sofi


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Hong Kong



Why can you find ants in most countries on earth?

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Why can you find ants in most countries on earth?

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Ants | Biology | Ecology | Environment | Geography | Insects

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Trees - Posted by Hailey


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Philadelph



What are trees?

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What are trees?

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Environment | Trees

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Ozone layer - Posted by Rahul Netragaonkar


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Ahmednagar



While there is no pollution and CFC at the North Pole, why is there still a hole in the ozone layer?
(Question asked by my 10 yr son studying in 5th grade).

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While there is no pollution and CFC at the North Pole, why is there still a hole in the ozone layer?
(Question asked by my 10 yr son studying in 5th grade).

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Environment | ozone | Pollution

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Antarctica ozone - Posted by Rahul Netragaonkar


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Location: Ahmednagar



While there is no major source of pollution, why is there still a hole in the ozone layer at Antarctica?

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While there is no major source of pollution, why is there still a hole in the ozone layer at Antarctica?

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Climate Change | Conservation | Environment | Global Warming | ozone | Pollution

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Oceans: What is their biggest threat?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is the biggest threat to our oceans right now?

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What is the biggest threat to our oceans right now?

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Environment | Oceans

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Natural Energy Sources


  Author - School in the Cloud



How can we save our natural energy sources?

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How can we save our natural energy sources?

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Alternative Energy | Energy | Environment | Sustainability

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Recycling Plastic Bottles


  Author - School in the Cloud



What can plastic bottles be recycled into?

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What can plastic bottles be recycled into?

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Environment | Plastic Bottles | Plastics | Recycling

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Hydro Electric: Is it benefical to the environment?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Is hydro electric power beneficial for the environment?

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Is hydro electric power beneficial for the environment?

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Alternative Energy | Climate | Climate Change | Electricity | Energy | Environment | Global Warming | Hydro Electric | Science | Sustainability

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Future Cities


  Author - School in the Cloud



What do you think our future cities will look like?

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What do you think our future cities will look like?

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Cities | Climate Change | Environment | Sustainability | Technology | The Future

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Building the Three Gorges Dam


  Author - School in the Cloud



Do you think building the Three Gorges Dam was a good or a bad idea?

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Do you think building the Three Gorges Dam was a good or a bad idea?

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Architecture | Energy | Environment | Geography | Three Gorges Dam

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Climate Change: How should we address it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How should we address climate change?

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How should we address climate change?

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Climate | Climate Change | Earth | Environment | Geography | Global Warming | Science | Social Studies

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Global Warming: How concerned should we be?


  Author - School in the Cloud



How concerened should we be about global warming?

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How concerened should we be about global warming?

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Climate | Climate Change | Environment | Global Warming

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Alternative Energy


  Author - School in the Cloud



What alternative energy source do you think could have the biggest impact on reversing global warming?

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What alternative energy source do you think could have the biggest impact on reversing global warming?

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Alternative Energy | Climate | Climate Change | Energy | Environment | Global Warming

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Rivers: What is they stopped flowing?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What if all the rivers on the Earth stopped running ?

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What if all the rivers on the Earth stopped running ?

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Earth | Environment | Geography | Rivers

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Air: A poor conductor of heat?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why is air a poor conductor of heat?

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Why is air a poor conductor of heat?

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Air | Environment | Heat | Physics | Science

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A World without Trees


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen if all the trees in the world disappeared?

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What would happen if all the trees in the world disappeared?

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Earth | Environment | Science | Trees

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Drought


  Author - School in the Cloud



What accomodations do societies make during periods of drought?

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What accomodations do societies make during periods of drought?

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Climate | Drought | Environment | Social Science | Society | Sociology | Weather

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Water: Why do we need it?


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why do we need water to survive?

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Why do we need water to survive?

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Biology | Climate | Environment | Life | Science | Water

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The Sun: What would happen is it went out?


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen if the sun went out?

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What would happen if the sun went out?

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Astronomy | Climate | Earth | Environment | Science | Solar System | Sun | Weather

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Volume of Plastic in the Oceans


  Author - School in the Cloud



How can we measure the amount of plastic in the ocean using an optical device?

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How can we measure the amount of plastic in the ocean using an optical device?

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Environment | Marine Biology | Measurement | Oceans | Optical Devices | Plastics | Pollution | Technology | Waste

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Salt in Salt Water


  Author - School in the Cloud



Where does the salt go when salt water turns into water vapor?

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Where does the salt go when salt water turns into water vapor?

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Environment | Salt | Science | Water

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Redwood Trees


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why are redwood trees so big if they live in the same conditons as regular trees?

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Why are redwood trees so big if they live in the same conditons as regular trees?

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Climate | Environment | Trees

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Earth without Trees


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would the earth be like if all the trees died?

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What would the earth be like if all the trees died?

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Biology | Climate | Earth | Environment | Trees

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Impact of Technology on Nature


  Author - School in the Cloud



Should we advance in technology despite the impact this has on nature?

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Should we advance in technology despite the impact this has on nature?

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Education | Environment | Nature | Sociology | Technology

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Colours of the Sky


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why is the sky different colors?

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Why is the sky different colors?

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Colour | Environment | Sky

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Cleaning the Pacific Dump


  Author - School in the Cloud



How do we clean the Pacific dump?

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How do we clean the Pacific dump?

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Environment | Pacific Ocean | Plastics

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Petrol


  Author - School in the Cloud



What changes would you find if oil is discovered in your village?

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What changes would you find if oil is discovered in your village?

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Environment | Social Studies

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Humans on Mars


  Author - School in the Cloud



Could the human race live on Mars?

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Could the human race live on Mars?

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Environment | Human Beings | Humans | Mars | Space | The Future | Universe

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Can eating food effect the climate


  Author - School in the Cloud



In how many ways the food you eat everyday can effect the climate change?

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In how many ways the food you eat everyday can effect the climate change?

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Agriculture | Biodiversity | Climate | Environment | Food | Global Warming | Science

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Rainbows in the sky


  Author - School in the Cloud



How does rainbow get formed in the sky?

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How does rainbow get formed in the sky?

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Climate | Environment | Rainbows | Science | Weather

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Food Chain and Toxins


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen to the food chain if toxins are ingested by the ones at the bottom?

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What would happen to the food chain if toxins are ingested by the ones at the bottom?

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Biology | Environment | Food | Science | Toxicity | Toxins

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Global Warming Debate


  Author - School in the Cloud



If science by its very nature can never be settled, then how can the debate regarding global warming be settled?

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If science by its very nature can never be settled, then how can the debate regarding global warming be settled?

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Climate | Climate Change | Environment | Global Warming | Science

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Rubbish


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is rubbish?

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What is rubbish?

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Environment | Rubbish | Waste

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World Climate Warming


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why should people care that the world is getting warmer?

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Why should people care that the world is getting warmer?

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Climate | Climate Change | Environment | Sustainability | Weather

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Landslide Risk and Hazard


  Author - School in the Cloud



How do we communicate landslide ‘risk’ and ‘hazard’ to those living with landslides, and how can science learn from these peoples experiences?

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How do we communicate landslide ‘risk’ and ‘hazard’ to those living with landslides, and how can science learn from these peoples experiences?

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Environment | Geography | Hazard | Landslides | Risk | Science

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Rooftop Plantations


  Author - School in the Cloud



Rooftop plantations in buses, trains, taxi and others vehicles can help to fight pollution. Should governments encourage this in each and every country?

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Rooftop plantations in buses, trains, taxi and others vehicles can help to fight pollution. Should governments encourage this in each and every country?

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Climate Change | Environment | Gardening | Global Warming | Plantations | Planting Gardens | Plants | Pollution | Rooftops

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Extinction


  Author - School in the Cloud



Many species that humans rely upon for food supply are going extinct, meaning we could go extinct ourselves. How can we save these species, and therefore ourselves, from extinction?

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Many species that humans rely upon for food supply are going extinct, meaning we could go extinct ourselves. How can we save these species, and therefore ourselves, from extinction?

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Animals | Apocolypse | Environment | Extinction | Food | Humans | Mammals | Nature | Plants

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Water Supply


  Author - School in the Cloud



The overall water supply has decreased over the last 50 years due to the human population tripling, industrial pollution, unsustainable agriculture and poor civic planning. How can we increase the supply of fresh water to people around the world?

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The overall water supply has decreased over the last 50 years due to the human population tripling, industrial pollution, unsustainable agriculture and poor civic planning. How can we increase the supply of fresh water to people around the world?

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Agriculture | Civic Planning | Environment | Human Behaviour | Population | Sustainability | Water

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Managing the Planet


  Author - School in the Cloud



How can we intelligently manage our planet?

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How can we intelligently manage our planet?

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Climate Change | Earth | Environment | Sustainability

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Mother Nature


  Author - School in the Cloud



How much do we love mother nature? what we can do to make it a happy environment?

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How much do we love mother nature? what we can do to make it a happy environment?

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Animals | Ecology | Environment | Gardening | Nature | Planting Trees

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Water Consumption


  Author - School in the Cloud



How much water do you really use every day?

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How much water do you really use every day?

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Climate | Environment | Science | Sustainability | Water

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Colour Preference


  Author - Indigo Admin



Why do we prefer some colors over others?

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Why do we prefer some colors over others?

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Colour | Environment | Psychology

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The Weather


  Author - School in the Cloud



What is weather?

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What is weather?

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Natural vs Artificial Environment


  Author - School in the Cloud



How do you “feel” when you are in a natural area rather than an artificial environment? How many feeling senses do you use to experience your natural world?

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How do you “feel” when you are in a natural area rather than an artificial environment? How many feeling senses do you use to experience your natural world?

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Biophilia | Ecopsychology | Environment | Nature

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Salty Water


  Author - School in the Cloud



How water becomes more salty?

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How water becomes more salty?

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Earth | Environment | Science | Water

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Vegans


  Author - School in the Cloud



What would happen if we all became vegans?

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What would happen if we all became vegans?

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Environment | Evolution | Food | Health

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Endangered Animals


  Author - School in the Cloud



How can we help save endangered animals?

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How can we help save endangered animals?

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Animals | Environment | Evolution | Nature

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Trees


  Author - School in the Cloud



Why are trees important?

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Why are trees important?

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Biodiversity | Earth | Environment | Nature | Science | Trees

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Hello Sugata, Hello Uganda!


  Author - School in the Cloud

  Partner(s) - SOLE Central, Project Hello World

  Location: Uganda



Most of us take Skype for granted these days, but for a group of children in sub-Saharan Africa it’s nothing short of magic.

Yesterday morning Sugata beamed into Hello Hub Uganda to talk to a group of children who had never used this technology before. Initially, there was a lot of nervous giggling while it sunk in that when they waved, this strange man on the computer screen responded to them in real time.

However, within a matter of minutes the community at St James Primary School gained in confidence, with one student asking Sugata where he was in the world.

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Most of us take Skype for granted these days, but for a group of children in sub-Saharan Africa it’s nothing short of magic.

Yesterday morning Sugata beamed into Hello Hub Uganda to talk to a group of children who had never used this technology before. Initially, there was a lot of nervous giggling while it sunk in that when they waved, this strange man on the computer screen responded to them in real time.

However, within a matter of minutes the community at St James Primary School gained in confidence, with one student asking Sugata where he was in the world. When he responded with a description of the harsh reality of weather in North East England this time of year, their faces were a mixture of fear and disgust – they decided pretty quickly they weren’t keen on the idea of winter!

“It’s a lovely moment when they realise they’re actually talking to a real person who can see and hear them too,” explains Katrin Macmillan, CEO and founder of Projects for All, which is installing these Hello Hubs – solar-powered outdoor computer stations – across sub-Saharan Africa.

But this wasn’t just memorable for the children – it was also a significant event for Katrin Macmillan and Roland Wells. They were inspired to set up Hello Hubs after watching Sugata’s TED talk ‘Build a School in the Cloud’ so having him Skype into the project was a dream come true.

“Seeing children access the Internet for the very first time is a moving and humbling event to witness and it’s great to link Sugata into a Hub as he’s the reason we’re here,” explains Katrin. “Without him we wouldn’t know so much about child-led education and his research helped to define this project.

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Africa | Environment | Skype | Technology