Gaza / Israel – The World Watches as the Conflict Flares… Again

A series of very unfortunate events… four young boys of both Jewish/Israel and Arab/Palestinian origin brutally murdered… sparking simmering tempers on both sides of a very thin and tempestuous figurative and literal line between Israel and Gaza. While the region has enjoyed a relatively quiet period since 2012, tensions escalated again last week leading up […]


Welcome to Brazil!

If soccer was on your mind last week, you are not alone. Viewers worldwide have World Cup frenzy. According to FIFA, a record-setting 43 million people watched the World Cup match between Brazil and Croatia. Even in the United States, where soccer is less popular than Europe and South or Central America, World Cup viewership […]


The Cost of a Traffic Jam

Americans, especially those who live and work in cities, are used to traffic jams. A traffic stand-still during rush hour is part of the commute. So when is a traffic jam not a traffic jam? When the traffic jam is at the center of a political scandal that threatens the political life of a governor, […]


Take a Hike!

People across the country laced up their boots, strapped on a backpack, and headed outside this past weekend. Sunday, June 1 marked National Trails Day. The American Hiking Society began the tradition in 1993. Since then, the first Sunday of June has been a day to learn about and to explore America’s trails. National Trails […]

The Fifty United States

Watch the United States form before your eyes; learn where the states got their nicknames and test your knowledge as we explore the fifty unique, but united, states. What is the United States like? With fifty states varying widely in geography, history, and population, there are at least fifty different answers. Through the World Wide […]

Journey Through Japan

Although Japan is located over 5,000 miles away from the United States, the influence of Japan is seen throughout America. To begin, take a look at any local town street or big city highway, and you are bound to see many Japanese cars. Think about how many Toyota, Honda, and Nissan vehicles you see in […]

The Richness of Puerto Rico

In this month’s Internet Challenge™, we will take a virtual trip to Puerto Rico, a small island that is located in the Caribbean Sea, about 1,000 miles southeast of Florida. The official name of this island is the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and it is a self-governing entity in association with the United States. Who […]

Five Themes of Geography

Quick, can you name the five themes of geography? They are location, place, region, human interaction with the environment, and movement. Review these five important themes and their implications in terms of the global world we interact within today. In 1984, the National Council for Geographic Education established the five themes of geography to help […]

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