The program includes a progressive engineering and computer science-based curriculum with teacher lesson plans, student workbooks, design challenges, evaluation rubrics, and unit assessments. It also provides STEM labs with robust and reusable engineering and robotics materials to support students as they grow in their STEM learning. And to support teachers in bringing STEM to their classrooms, Kid Spark provides professional development and certification courses hosted through its online learning management system.
Educators in US public elementary, preschool, and Head Start programs serving Title I students are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to schools supporting a large percentage of underserved and underrepresented students. After filling out the online form, eligible educators in preK–grade 5 will receive the Kid Spark STEM Equity Grant guide and application checklist.
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 May.
Developed by researchers at TERC and Tuft University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), the Designing Biomimetic Robots curriculum challenges middle school students to learn about biomimicry by interweaving engineering, biology, robotics, and computer programming concepts through a series of engaging and practical tasks.
NASA has been landing rovers on the surface of Mars since the late 1990s, including the Curiosity rover in 2012 and the Perseverance rover in 2021. The Rover Coder simulates driving a rover on Mars while serving as an introduction to basic coding.