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Calling all Nerdfighters!

The 2014 Project for Awesome wrapped up over the weekend! Check out all the nerdfighteria fun over at the P4A official site.

This year's Project for Awesome's raised over $1,000,000 to help decrease worldsuck!

DFTBA!

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Stuff YOU Should Know
Dec 11, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know

Clip Art Gets Cut Do you use graphics to make things like digital presentations for school projects? How about plain old emoticons? Back in the early days of computers, before anyone could do an “image search” on the Internet, there was something called Clip Art (a collection of pre-made, royalty-free images) as a part of […]

Year in Review: Domestic News
Dec 10, 2014

Year in Review: Domestic News

Reflecting on the collective events of the year gone by is a grand tradition. Fueled by an insatiable quest to understand our surroundings–both near and far–btw is proud to present what we believe were the most significant (or most reported) events of domestic news stories of 2014. Winter Olympics The U.S. kicked off the year […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Dec 7, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know

What’s Next for Ferguson? You’ve surely heard by now that Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed eighteen year old, Michael Brown, was not indicted by a St. Louis grand jury. While grand juries rarely fail to indict, law enforcement are also rarely charged in on-duty killings. In response, Wilson made […]

You Decide! Keystone XL Pipeline
Dec 2, 2014

You Decide! Keystone XL Pipeline

As our lawmakers become increasingly interested in lessening our reliance on foreign energy, the debate over the best way to accomplish this goal continues to rage. The Keystone XL Pipeline project–1,179 miles of pipe stretching from Alberta, Canada to Port Arthur, Texas–is the latest proposal facing a legislation vote some time next year. Canada currently […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Dec 1, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know

Let’s Hear it For Toilets! It is very likely that you don’t give much daily thought about where you go to the bathroom. This is because you live in a developed country and have access to a sophisticated sanitation system that keeps you safely separated from that sort of thing. But there are many parts […]

A Turkey of a Day
Nov 26, 2014

A Turkey of a Day

Dedicated btw fans know that we have posted about the history of the presidential turkey pardon in the past. But this year, let’s switch it up a bit and examine a different Thanksgiving history angle. (And no, it’s NOT going to be about Pilgrims, Native Americans, and what they might or might not have agreed […]

Turmoil in Ferguson
Nov 25, 2014

Turmoil in Ferguson

In August, btw provided an introduction to the shooting death of Michael Brown and tried to provide some historical context to violent protests in recent U.S. history. Darren Wilson was the Ferguson police officer who encountered Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson in August 2014 while Wilson was on patrol. Brown and Wilson were walking along […]

Stuff YOU Should Know
Nov 25, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know

U.S. and China Agree to Climate Regulations By now, you should be well aware of the many discussions centered around climate change. The big debate, however, continues to be over what steps should be taken to slow or reverse its effects. Earlier this month, President Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping co-announced a climate change […]

New Adventures in Outer Space!
Nov 24, 2014

New Adventures in Outer Space!

The European Space Agency (ESA), Europe’s equivalent of our NASA, successfully landed the first probe ever on a comet on November 12. Mission control is located at the European Space Operations Centre located in Darmstadt, Germany. The Mission Ten years ago, ESA launched a robotic space probe called Rosetta into space. Its original target was […]

Stuff YOU Should Know: (Re)Introducing Election Central
Nov 14, 2014

Stuff YOU Should Know: (Re)Introducing Election Central

As a Social Studies student, you are learning the importance of understanding how the roles and responsibilities of government and elected leaders affect our daily lives. You are also learning that your own role as educated citizens is important in the future of our nation as well. McGraw-Hill Education’s renewed Election Central Web site provides […]