Helping students see the possibilities of careers in STEM fields means providing them with diverse role models. PBS LearningMedia has made a list of some of the top black scientists, engineers, inventors, and mathematicians, along with media resources to help teachers to bring their work—and stories—into the classroom. The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers is an Emmy-nominated web series from the PBS program NOVA. The diversity collection of this series profiles some of today’s leading scientists—showing students that science engages men and women of all ages and diverse backgrounds.
With millions of dollars of ESSER funding (as well as other federal, state, and local grants) still available, the smartest edtech investments are the ones that meet the following criteria:
1. Are research-backed and deliver evidence-based solutions.
2. Provide flexible, ongoing professional development.
3. Offer hours of curriculum to support any subject.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these points to prove the case for bringing coding and robotics into young learners’ hands to support development of computational thinking and invaluable science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) skills.
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 August.
Inspiration is a mysterious thing. Who knows when or where it will strike. We’re fascinated by the catalysts for inspiration and how a simple “lightbulb” moment can lead to world-changing innovation. In this Bio-Inspiration YouTube series, the Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST) looks at how inspiration can be found in the plants, animals, and phenomena all around us.