Nov 01, 2016
A project of EXPLO (Learning Through Exploration), Join the Debates website presents middle school and high school students with an opportunity to promote, drive, and guide a presidential election-style debate while also fully participating in it. Join the Debates provides curricular materials with step-by-step instructions, wide-ranging discussion topics, and advice and suggestions from educators who have successfully used the collaborative discussion method at the heart of the project. Through Join the Debates, students will engage in controversy in a respectful, constructive manner; analyze an argument and follow up with thoughtful questions; and articulate their opinions clearly, confidently, and with evidence. They will improve teamwork skills, leadership skills, negotiation skills, and observation skills. They will also recognize and appreciate inclusivity and develop skills around encouraging others to speak. They will be reflective about both the conversation topic and the format, and point out connections between ideas and opinions expressed within the discussion and the world at large.
Oct 03, 2016
Developed by Project Zero researchers in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic approach to integrating the development of students’ thinking with content learning across subject matters.
Sep 16, 2016
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s fast-paced webcast series STEM in 30 engages middle school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics ranging from World War I airplanes to rovers on Mars.
Sep 16, 2016
An initiative of Peace First, the Peace First Challenge calls for young people around the world to identify an injustice and develop a solution using a peacemaking lens. Participants in the challenge will help Peace First co-design the key elements to help launch this initiative to the wider public in the US and the rest of the world.
Sep 16, 2016
Registration is now open for eCYBERMISSION, a web-based STEM competition free to students in grades 6–9. eCYBERMISSION invites students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities and compete for state, regional, and national awards up to $9,000 in US Savings Bonds. eCYBERMISSION also offers a unique opportunity for student teams to participate in a Live CyberGuide Chat series starting on September 14. STEM volunteers will answer students’ questions and provide best practices for team projects.