As educators and students return to class this fall, Carolina Biological has launched the Young Innovators program to highlight student inventions and inspire students and teachers to see that all students can succeed in STEM. The program’s website launched with profiles of 12 Young Innovators and will recognize the accomplishments of diverse Young Innovators every month so that all students will see someone that they can relate to. These high-interest profiles engage students in learning science, while promoting equity and inclusion. Individual profile pages and freedownloadable literacy cards for each Young Innovator are available in a choice of grade-appropriate K–12 reading levels in English and Spanish. Suggestions are also provided for teachers to use these stories with their students. One of the first Innovators of the Month to be featured is six-year old Robert Samuel “Sam” White III. Sam, whose new take on a traditional ABC song encourages other children to think about the jobs they could have, as they learn the letters of the alphabet. Carolina Biological is searching for more Young Innovators to highlight, so teachers are encouraged to nominate their students on the program’s website—and receive a freeposter!
The CanvasMol website has more than 50 three-dimensional interactive rotating models of relatively common molecules such as glucose and fructose. Students can alter each model to show (or not show) bonds, to show (or not show) individual atoms, and to rotate on the X, Y, and Z axes.
The US Department of State has announced STEM Innovations and Global Competence—a free, self-paced online course for US educators. The course focuses on the intersection of STEM subjects and global competence.
The STEM for All Multiplex is an online, free, interactive platform featuring more than 1,600 short videos that showcase federally funded projects aimed at transforming science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science learning.