The Smithsonian Science for the Classroom program is setting the standard for 3D learning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this new integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines and connect them firsthand to the world around them. The program was developed in consultation with teachers and technical experts and field-tested in a range of schools with diverse populations. Drawing on the latest findings and best practices from educational research,the curriculum was specifically developed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards. The program helps teachers integrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through engaging hands-on lessons. In addition, Smithsonian Science for the Classroom’s3D assessment assists teachers in gauging how well students are progressing through a variety of assessed performance tasks and written assessments. The program includes print and digital components, as well as hands-on materials, which are available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.