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Future STEM superstars: 4 TED-Ed Club Members present on advanced science topics

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The TED-Ed Clubs program aims to amplify the voices of students across the world. On the blog, we do just that by showcasing must-see TED-Ed Club presentations clustered around a specific theme. This week, check out these four seriously stellar science presentations.

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An animated lesson full of adorable animals made of autumn leaves

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Ten percent of plant matter gets eaten while it is alive. The other 90% falls to the ground and becomes detritus, which supports microbes, insects and, yes, us, as we feed on animals that grazed on it and plants that grow in it.

When it came time to animate a TED-Ed lesson about this so-called “brown food chain,” the animation team of Celeste Lai, Lisa LaBracio and Biljana Labovic had an idea. LaBracio had a vast collection of dried leaves at home, and the trio conspired to create animals by layering these leaves into a visual representation of the idea that all living things are made up of dead matter.

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3 brand new TED-Ed Lessons written by CERN scientists

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TED-Ed loves working with CERN. Our video library includes more than ten lessons written by CERN scientists on topics ranging from dark matter to the Higgs boson. In 2013, we even collaborated with the organizers of TEDxCERN to premiere three brand new lessons at their first ever TEDx event. It went so well that we decided to do it again! Here are the three lessons we premiered at TEDxCERN this year.

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TED-Ed hosts animation station at TEDGlobal 2014

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TEDGlobal 2014 was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this past week and centered around the theme ‘South!’. Playing on this idea, TED-Ed hosted an animation station at the conference at which attendees learned about visualizing data while creating an incredible animated map of their own personal travel routes south to Brazil. 

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High school TED-Ed Club Member from Singapore discusses student leadership

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By Arjun Mehrotra
Student at United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

Like thousands of other high school students, I routinely watch TED Talks — but I wanted to take it to the next level. Luckily, in January 2014, TED had just introduced the TED-Ed Club program and I felt that starting a club would be a great place to start — I hoped that TED-Ed Clubs would give me and my fellow students an intimate understanding of what a good TED Talk looks like while also enhancing our public speaking skills. My class consisted of a group of 21 students enrolled in the Foundation IB program. This meant that we did not do the IGCSE exams like our peers and therefore had about 20-40 minutes of Personal & Social Education each morning. The teachers in school already had a plan in place for these sessions but were quite supportive of my idea for the TED-Ed Club, with the understanding that it would be student initiated and student led.

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Exploring the animal kingdom: 7 TED-Ed Lessons on our favorite furry (and not-so-furry) friends

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There are no limits to the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom. From the small insects that wriggle in the dense moss of the forest to the enormous blue whales that lurk in the depths of the sea, these creatures lend wonder to our world. TED-Ed’s video library is packed with lessons on animals, with animations that feature wildlife from bees to birds to bears. Check out this list of our seven favorites, and let us know — which animal would you like to see a lesson on?

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The power of storytelling: TED Speaker Drew Dudley hosts TED-Ed Club workshop

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Drew Dudley’s TED Talk ‘Everyday leadership’ is a great example of a speaker harnessing the power of storytelling to engage an audience. Dudley uses a funny, personal story to make a point about the effect of our everyday actions on the lives of other people. Sharing facts and ideas in a way that is interesting and compelling enough to leave the audience feeling connected to the idea is a major goal for most presentations … but it can be tricky to do. As TED-Ed Club Members hone in on their passions and presentation topics, TED-Ed invited Dudley to host a workshop on how to find and tell the story behind a great idea.

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Love numbers? A reading list for math enthusiasts

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Ready to level up your working knowledge of math? Below, Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse shares her favorite mathematics reading picks. Here’s what to read now — and next.  

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How to bring TEDxYouth to your community

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Imagine a day filled with thought-provoking speakers, engaging activities and stimulating conversation — all designed for young people. If this sounds like something your community needs, you might be interested in organizing a TEDxYouth event in your town. But where do you start? TED-Ed invited TEDx Projects Manager, Amanda Ellis, to host a TED-Ed Club Workshop on how to organize a TEDxYouth event in your area.

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How do you animate a thing like cosmic rays? The story behind a TEDxCERN TED-Ed lesson

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Cosmic rays. Active galactic nuclei. Nucleosynthesis. For physicist Veronica Bindi, this is the vocabulary of the everyday. A ten-year collaborator with AMS-02 — an experiment analyzing the data coming in from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a particle detector mounted on the International Space Station — Bindi deals with dark matter, solar activity, and the ins-and-outs of flight particle detectors with ease. But for someone without a double-digit career in particle physics, these topics can seem intimidating. 

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