Get Grit!
BeeOasis Step 3 Angela is smart and talented. But those are not her best qualities. In her first year at Harvard University, she took a course in biology. But she failed the first big tests, and she was getting an F in the class. She spoke to her biology... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 4)
BeeOasis Step 4 Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar, near the border of India. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a tranquil place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this remote village, but it is not... Read more
The Rules of Elite Success
The computer sat in a funny little room at the Lakeside School in Seattle. It was a gift from the Mother’s Club. Costing $3,000, it was expensive at the time. But the mothers wanted the students to have a computer so they could have a computer club. At the... Read more
Evolution by Natural Selection
BeeOasis Step 3 Evolution is a process of how living things change over time. Natural selection is the basic mechanism of evolution. It was introduced by Charles Darwin in 1859. He compared natural selection with artificial selection. In artificial selection, humans choose traits for breeding. For example, we can... Read more
The Singularity
By Tek Smith BeeOasis Step 4 Ashley was born on March 7, 2027. It’s her birthday today, and she is 18 years old. Her birthday present will be a new computer. Her budget is 1,000 dollars, and today (March 7, 2045), this money will buy her a very powerful... Read more
Dreams of the Moon
BeeOasis Step 2 On May 25, 1961, American President John F. Kennedy announced a big goal. He said, “I believe we should go to the moon.” His plan was this. Land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth within 10 years. The goal was... Read more
He’s Got the Blues (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 People of all kinds have had emotional problems. For example, Beethoven, Abraham Lincoln, and Isaac Newton all experienced trouble with the blues. That is, at times they had trouble with some form of depression. Look at the case of Newton. He was born into a broken... Read more
DNA
BeeOasis Step 2 A computer needs software, information that tells it how to operate. A computer cannot work without software. Our bodies work like this too. Imagine the body is a computer. It needs an information code to work. DNA is this code. The DNA code contains the instructions... Read more
What is Health?
By Max L. Knowles BeeOasis Step 1 A doctor was checking an older woman. When he finished, the doctor told her, “You’re in good health. You’ll live to be 80.” “But doctor,” the woman said, “I am 80 right now.” With a smile, the doctor answered, “See, what did... Read more
Happiness in 59 Seconds
BeeOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Jim sat into a soft, red chair. He looked down, and then he started to cry. “Am I asking too much?” he said. “I just want to be happy.” Dr. Jones gave Jim a box of paper tissues. “Thank you,” said Jim as he... Read more
Captain Cousteau
BeeOasis Step 3 Jacques Cousteau (June 11, 1910 – June 25, 1997) studied the sea and all forms of life in the water. He was a French naval officer, explorer, scientist, photographer, author, and film producer. “Captain Cousteau,” as people called him, became widely known because of his many... Read more
Reading Power
When people ask about English language ability, what is their first question? Usually, they ask this. “Can you speak English?” The total number of native English speakers in the world today is around 375,000,000 people. And about a billion people are learning English. The Economist, a news magazine, said... Read more
The Beautiful Bird
BeeOasis Step 3 The forest was thick, and the grass was tall. We walked quietly and carefully by the bank of the river. We were in the shade of the trees, but the river danced with the light of the afternoon sun. “Watch out for snakes,” my father said... Read more
The Dangers of Everest
  Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth. It stands between Nepal and Tibet in the Himalayan Mountain range. Everest is 8,848 meters high (29,029 feet). That is almost 9 kilometers — or 26 Tokyo Towers. Everest is cold. In the warmest of summer, it is -2 °C.... Read more
Practice Makes Genius (Step 3)
BeeOasis Step 3 Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was two years old. Basically from birth, Tiger was trained by his father to become a great golfer. As a boy, baseball marvel Ichiro Suzuki practiced with his father every day. The practice sessions were hard, and Ichiro suffered.... Read more
Ben Franklin’s Curious Kite
BeeOasis Step 4 (Part 1) “Quick! It’s stormy outside! Maybe there will be thunder and lightning! Get the kite, and let’s go fly it in the storm!” Imagine hearing these words from your father. You might think going out to play in a storm is fun, or you might... Read more
How to Feel Happier
By Dr. Richard Wiseman BeeOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about the power of smiling. Obviously you smile when you’re happy. However, research shows the opposite is also true. Smiling actually makes you feel happier. So each day, put a smile on your face and hold it for... Read more
ET and Intelligent Life
BeeOasis Step 2 The film ET warmed the hearts of millions of children and adults. It was funny and exciting. And it told a hopeful story about love and friendship. In one scene, ET points his finger to the sky. And he says, “ET phone home.” This simple phrase... Read more
Rules for Your Working Brain (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 The bell rings. Students close their books and start packing their bags. Raising his voice, Professor Jones says, “Remember to read Chapter 6 before next class, and your first report is due in 3 days!” Some students groan. Mar y hurries back to her room. She’s... Read more
Is Crying Good for You?
BeeOasis Step 2 Why do people cry? Maybe tears are good for us. Maybe they calm our minds and cleanse our bodies. Yet researchers have shown that crying can make people feel worse. Psychologists from the US and the Netherlands recently studied crying. They checked detailed descriptions of crying... Read more