Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab,developed by FatRedCouch, shows children aged 5–9 how much fun science can be. Using this app, students set out on an adventure to an unknown world—a world where Thomas Edison had a secret lab in which he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly completed robot to guide and inspire future generations of young scientists. The secret lab, Edison’s virtual ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until Angie, a 12-year-old prodigy, cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind. The young genius and her science club move into the lab, and the fun begins. Students can explore the lab, play games, learn about Thomas Edison and other inventors, meet the Secret Lab Kids, learn about inventions and discoveries, create holograms, and enjoy videos. The app is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. Cost:Free
Each month we publish blogs and several 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 September.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding math 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.
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 teams in choosing a Mission Challenge; assisting the team with its Mission Challenge; and submitting the team’s Mission Folder.