Feb 11, 2022 2022-02-11
By Big Deal Media
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in January.
1. Challenge to Create a Podcast Telling Compelling Stories
Students are encouraged to put on their headphones and get ready to hit record in NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge. Students from around the country are invited to create a podcast—on any subject—and compete for a chance to have their work featured on NPR. Students from fifth grade through college are eligible to participate. Submissions must be supported by a teacher.
2. STEM Curriculum Centered on Student Ideas
Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is setting the standard for 3D learning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in grades 1–5 in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines that connect to the world around them.
3. Problem-Solving Challenge Encouraging Career Exploration
The nonprofit organization American Student Assistance (ASA), in partnership with the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), has launched the “ASA Solve Together: Tomorrow’s Leaders Tackling Today’s Challenges.” The competition invites middle school and high school students to adopt a career for the purpose of creating a solution in one of four broad areas: addressing climate change; solving a public health issue; building a colony on Mars; or tackling a “passion” project.
4. STEM Programs to Develop the Next Generation of Innovative Thinkers
The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) reaches far beyond its museum in promoting creativity and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in the next generation of inventors. The museum connects inventors who have built the world around us with the innovators of tomorrow.
5. Stories and Lessons Taught Through Space Exploration
Making STEM subjects engaging and relevant just got easier for educators thanks to new virtual resources available through the efforts of one of the nation’s top science education centers and space museums: Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum.
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