When leading an organization or community group in a change process, there are a number of approaches. For example, SWOT analysis identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Needs assessments identify existing problems so that they can be addressed.
So much of what we encounter each day is shaped by engineering. Engineers work in many different ways and take on many projects. Engineers take the principles of science and math and apply them directly to making things or solving problems.
As the US enters tornado season, there is a lot to know about these funnel-shaped summer storms. What causes them? How strong are their winds? Which months have the most tornadoes? Popular films make it look as if all the action happens in the funnel cloud itself, but in reality, dangerous winds are swirling up to several miles away.
Why should we care about biodiversity? In a world of rapid change, isn’t it nice to have some sameness? In nature, sameness is referred to as a "monoculture." While it may be pretty, convenient, and efficient—it isn’t as strong and resilient as a diverse ecosystem.
CYFERnet continues the “It’s a Mystery” exploration and looks at light pollution with the GLOBE at Night project. It’s a Mystery! The world turns; the sun rises. It's different every day but with a rhythm and based on science that has intrigued humans since the dawn of time.
Activity 1: Mysterious Words from the Past. What exactly is a flash in the pan, and what’s so bad about sailing close to the wind? There are forgotten meanings behind these common phrases. Activity 2: Recaptcha, Where Humans are Smarter than Computers. In this activity, you may be able to crack a code that computers haven’t: written English.