Looking for a way to make probability come to life in your multicultural math class or give students a hands-on feel for fundamental calculus concepts? The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for for Astrophysics has compiled an extensive digital video library designed to enhance the understanding and teaching of K-12 STEM that includes with activities, assessment tools, and case studies – all developed by teachers for use in their classrooms. The 1,017 films are searchable by strand, national or state content standards, and instructional criteria such as engaging students in real-world problems.
Kids love exploring the world around them, and Earth Day offers a great way to introduce them to environmental science and engineering. The following sampler includes activities, lessons, and resources that promote green engineering and science learning.
Sustainability is the theme of this year’s Mathematics Awareness Month. Teachers will find plenty of activities, contests, and other free educational resources that link math with environmental applications, including the Energy Challenge, which teaches students the mathematics of their school’s energy use and then has them develop and implement an action plan to reduce energy consumption.
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3-D printers and electronic tattoos are just some of the inventions featured in a new video series launched to mark Thomas Edison’s 165th birthday. Produced in collaboration by NBCLearn, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the “Science of Innovation” includes 11 segments – with related lessons – illuminating the process by which scientists and engineers develop innovative ideas into patents and products.
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Mark National Engineers Week by participating in a local event or doing a fun engineering activity with your students. This year’s theme – Celebrate Awesome – the amazing things engineers, engineering students, and technicians do everyday to make the world a better place.
Seeing is believing, but what about hearing? To encourage more girls to go into STEM fields, the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has developed On The Air, an online radio series featuring stories of fascinating women scientists, engineers, and educators.
Tired of digging into your pocket because your school’s shoestring budget won’t stretch to cover materials or equipment? A new grant-finding site offers a free, searchable database – updated daily – of more than 600 grants and other funding opportunities culled from federal, state, regional, and community sources.
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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Thirty days, 30 “awesome projects,” six field trips. Welcome to Maker Camp, a virtual DIY camp for teens 13 years of age and up sponsored by Make magazine. Free and open to all on Google+, the camp runs from July 16 until August 24 and there is no registration–just go on any day you wish.