Engineering and science majors may have to log long hours doing labs and problem sets. But that doesn’t mean they must abandon their hoop dreams. In fact, engineering students – including many on MIT’s men’s basketball team, the Engineers – have long distinguished themselves on the court.
Why do airplanes fly? What is genetic engineering? To help K-12 students and teachers understand such topics, MIT has tapped its 10,000 brilliant young scholars to create engaging, short videos to supplement classroom instruction.
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Khan Academy’s YouTube math tutorials may not be Academy Award quality, but their academic merit is clear from their popularity with students and teachers. Now, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and TED are adding to the K-12 STEM video playlist.
The Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) initiative, a new project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, creates videos with a STEM focus for use in high school classrooms. The program features a library with around 50 math and science lessons, available free for download or as streaming video, and also by request as DVDs and videotapes.
The Inventor of the Week Web page is part of the Lemelson-MIT program to honor “the acclaimed and unsung heroes who have helped improve our lives through invention.” A rich archive of brief online articles highlights the accomplishment of researchers and engineers, providing a sense of their work, struggles, and path to invention and success. Who invented Gatorade and the Hovercraft, and which woman paved the way for the first dishwasher? Your students can find out here.
Highlights for High School is an MIT initiative providing free, open source teaching and learning materials to high school teachers and students. These materials include video lecture clips, lecture notes, practice problems, exams, and other resources from MIT’s introductory physics, biology, and calculus courses; mini-courses for high school students developed by MIT students; and an introduction for students to the college-level MIT curriculum and course materials on OpenCourseWare.
The MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts offers exhibits, guided tours, workshops, special events, and contests, as well as opportunities to team up with scientists and MIT grads. Through the various programs, students can explore robotics, programming, structural engineering, geometry, DNA, video conferencing technology, and Rube Goldberg Machines.