GlobalCOlab (GCL) connects students and educators from different cultures and religions from around the world to crosscut disciplines, curricula, and traditional subjects and empowers participants through student-led and student-created topics. These topics are based around global issues affecting each student’s community. GCL addresses these issues in a student-centered, individualized way. Students learn through world topics that they select. They then conduct research on the chosen world issue affecting their community, propose a lab activity or a solution to test, synthesize their idea by constructing in a lab-like atmosphere, publish their results, and then conduct peer review of each other’s work. During the GCL process, students also create their own global planned learning networks to share and conduct peer review in a safe environment.Through all of these components, GCL not only provides the conceptual shift called for in the Next Generation Science Standards but also reimagines the classroom into a borderless and subject-less world that allows students safe access to study topics and issues that they care about, making the curriculum both personalized and relevant.
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.
Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and genderequitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM.