Cafe the Chocolat, Paris France

Sarah Wyland

9 Winter Weather Folklore Sayings

Today, December 21, marks the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere! While it’s clear and cool at the WorldStrides headquarters in Charlottesville for now, we decided to have some fun and look up winter weather folklore to see if we can predict the winter ahead. We’re going to rely on o... Read More

Costa Rica Volcano

Sarah Wyland

Science Fun Facts: February 1-7

Science Fun Facts for the week of February 1-7: Did you know? Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and has more than 200 identifiable volcanoes dating back over 65 million years. One of Costa Rica’s tallest and most visited volcanoes, Poas Volcano is home to the world’s largest and mos... Read More

Flight

Sarah Wyland

Flying Is Hard Work

Did you know? No matter how simple Superman makes it look, flying is hard work! Even if you strapped on giant wings, you could never fly like a bird because there is not enough muscle mass in your arms and chest to provide the necessary power. Additionally, the human heart can’t pump blood quickly... Read More

Banana

Sarah Wyland

How Much Do You Have In Common With A Banana?

Sure, we don’t LOOK like a banana or even resemble one, so it may seem odd, but you would be absolutely right if you said that humans and bananas share 45% of their DNA! In reality, it shouldn’t be too shocking because when living things are broken down, we find that we all sharethe same [&helli... Read More

An Australian Musical Adventure

Sarah Wyland

Why Aren’t There Any Volcanoes in Australia?

The land down under is known for many things – beautiful coastlines, surfing paradise, and punchy kangaroos to name just a few – but what the mainland is not known for are active volcanoes, which can also be categorized as dormant or extinct. Even though Australia is home to nearly 150 volcanoes... Read More

Panorama of quiet, beautiful Playa Conchal and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste, Costa RIca

Sarah Wyland

Science Fun Facts: August 30-September 5

Science Fun Facts for the week of August 30-September 5: Did you know?  While there is only one global ocean, the vast body of water that covers 71 percent of Earth is geographically divided into distinct regions. The U.S. recognizes five named oceans: Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Souther... Read More

Pollen

Sarah Wyland

Where Do Allergies Come From?

Allergies affect millions of people around the world, but do you know what causes them? Read these facts to learn about their causes and symptoms. Allergy attacks have increased in the United States despite the fact that our outdoor air quality has improved. Some researchers think these problems hav... Read More