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Drones Saving Lives

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

If you’re feeling sick, relief can be as close as a visit to a school nurse, a family doctor, or a local hospital. Unfortunately, many people in the world may have a very hard time getting treatment when they’re sick. One reason is that some live too far away from the medical supplies they need. California-based engineer Keenan Wyrobek learned about …

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Somalia’s New President

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

In February, people around the world celebrated the victory of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo Mohamed, when he was elected president of the East African country of Somalia. Known by the nickname Farmaajo, Mohamed ran on the campaign slogan Dalka Danta Dadka, which means “The Land, The Needs, the People” in the Somali language. Somalis living both in Somalia and as refugees in …

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Celebrating Colo

In Current Events, Global Perspectives, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Animal lovers are mourning the loss of Colo, the first gorilla to ever be born in a zoo. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where Colo lived her entire life, announced on January 17 that she had died in her sleep. It was less than a month after Colo celebrated her 60th birthday. Colo—whose name is short for Columbus, Ohio, her …

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A Victory at Standing Rock

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

Mni wiconi are words from the Native American Lakota language meaning water is life. They have been the rallying cry of protesters who have been assembled since August at the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota. The protesters stood with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe members who were unhappy that an oil pipeline would be built so close to their reservation. On December 4, protesters shouted “Mni wiconi” in celebration when they learned that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will not permit the pipeline to travel through their ancestral lands. . . .

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Maps101 Interactive Polling Map

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

  Maps101 Election Center Maps101 features great content for your classroom any time of year, and we continue to bring you new content including articles, map updates, history online maps, and more. With the presidential election a little over a week away, we provide you with a robust Election Center to support learning during this election cycle. Click on the Election …

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How to Vote Infographic

In Current Events by mapsbecky

With the presidential election coming next month, students (and registered voters) may benefit from learning more about how to vote. Maps101 has created an infographic that answers this question. . . .

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Something Fishy Is Going on

In Current Events, Maps101 by mapsbecky

A recent report from oceana.org shines a critical light on the seafood industry. According to their study, much of the fish for sale to consumers or available in restaurants is mislabeled. In other words, people are getting the wrong kind of fish. Often, the advertised fish is a more expensive type, although investigators do not go so far as to claim the mislabeling is deliberate deception. . . .

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Hurricanes!

In Current Events by mapsbecky

Last week, Hurricane Hermine roared up from the Gulf of Mexico to dump rain on Florida’s west coast and panhandle. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) noticed the first signs of a storm on August 13 off of the coast of West Africa. By August 30th, the NHC had issued storm warnings for the Gulf of Mexico. Governor Rick Scott declared states of emergency for 51 Florida counties, in advance of the hurricane’s landfall, to ensure federal response as soon as possible if there was severe damage.