How It Works?by Learny Land is an entertaining didactic app for iOS that gives children the opportunity to explore how the world works through animations, simple explanations, games, and locutions. It includes short lessons that teach children about Earth’s plants, energies, volcanoes, the planet and its interior, the water cycle, and many more natural phenomena. Users start by choosing one of the six topics from the home screen. Then they can tap interactive graphics and vocabulary words to learn about a topic. The science-related activities include jigsaw puzzles, investigations, and completion exercises to test science knowledge. Cost: $2.99
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
The Saxena Family Foundation awards grants and supports programs that have a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and around empowering girls and young women so that they have equal rights later in life through literacy programs, jobs, and life-skills training.
K–12 students in US public, private, and home schools can enter NASA’s Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand-prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.