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!
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.
Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is setting the standard for 3Dlearning 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.
Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be.