Steven Wang got into the tech field about seven years ago—as a pre-adolescent. Now, at 17, he has a concrete vision for how he wants to use technology to transform the learning experiences of students all over the world. He is CEO and cofounder of a startup company called Realism that offers virtual labs in physics, chemistry, and biology, including one that puts students into the shoes of a NASA engineer and asks them to use their chemistry knowledge to input fuel values and launch a rocket into space. Students’ actions determine whether the rocket makes it into space or reaches a lesser altitude before blowing up. Another lab gives students a chance to sequence and replicate DNA using skills from their biology classes. Realism is built on the inquiry learning pedagogy championed by the Next Generation Science Standards. Every lab is deeply integrated into the standards and methodologies that define 21st century learning. Teachers and students can check out some of the simulations currently available for free on the Realism virtual lab platform.
Since 2008, more than 700 high school chemistry teachers have received AmericanChemical Society (ACS)-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grants to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.
Phenology is a fascinating study of the interconnectedness among plants, animals, and climate. It concentrates on the timing of different life-cycle changes that occur throughout the year. With Nature’s Notebook, teachers and their students can join more than 15,000 other naturalists across the nation in taking the pulse of our planet.
The National Weather Association (NWA) Foundation’sSol Hirsch Education Fund Grantsare awarded annually to K–12 teachers/educators to help improve the education of their students, their school, and/or their community in the science of meteorology.