ReTrak by Emerge Technologies has created Utopia 360º, a 4D augmented and virtual reality STEM-based education series that consists of three bundles of immersive, multidimensional content: Space Exploration, Animal Zoo, and Dinosaur Experience. Each 4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality Bundle comes with a Utopia 360° VR headset, augmented reality flashcards, and a designated app full of immersive features. Students simply download the app to their smartphone or tablet, scan the cards using their device’s camera, and watch the content come to life in 4D. Costs: $39.99 for each augmented/virtual reality bundle; app is free.
Educators are invited to register to be an eCYBERMISSION Teacher/Team Advisor. eCYBERMISSION, a freeweb-based STEM competition for students in grades 6–9, promotes self-discovery and enables all students to recognize the real-life applications of STEM. eCYBERMISSION encourages students to develop solutions to real-world challenges in their local communities and compete for state, regional, and national awards. Teacher/Team Advisor responsibilities include assembling a team, registering both teacher and students, assisting the team in choosing a Mission Challenge, assisting the team with its Mission Challenge, and submitting the team’s Mission Folder.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website. Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.