Reach Across the Stars, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS and Android, by the Smithsonian Institution, introduces students to female luminaries in the fields of astrophysics, chemistry, and more. Through videos, audio interviews, and AR experiences, students learn about Hidden Figures mathematician Katherine Johnson, aviator Bessie Coleman, physicist and chemist Marie Curie, astronauts Mae Jemison and Cady Coleman, and many others. The roster, which is updated regularly, has expanded to include Christina Hernandez, a systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who worked on the Perseverance rover that recently blasted off for Mars. (Students can explore the rover and its instruments in AR.) The app presents its roster of scientists as constellations—truly putting these heroes among the stars. Cost: Free
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 December.
“Gettysburg: A Nation Divided” is an augmented reality mobile application by QuantumERA designed to teach users about the Battle of Gettysburg. Using interactive technology, users travel back in time to July 1, 1863, to explore the story of the turning point of the American Civil War.
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles is the largest museum in the United States devoted to the arts, sciences, and artists of moviemaking. The Academy Museum’s mobile app for iOS and Android provides an immersive experience that connects users to the creative, collaborative process of filmmaking.