Compelling Stories at the Heart of Science and Society
The Science History Institute in Philadelphia collects and shares the stories of innovators and the discoveries that shape our lives. As the natural repository for the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences, the institute preserves, interprets, and houses an archive and library of award-winning digital content that includes videos, articles, and a podcast for the scientifically curious public and scientists alike. Visitors to the website will find freeonline resources with interesting information and opportunities for interaction. For example: “Distillations” reveals the role of science in our world with articles, podcasts, and videos that uncover hidden stories and seek new perspectives on science and technology. “Try This @ Home” is an engaging video series featuring hands-on scientific activities and tutorials that teachers, students, and their families can try in their home setting. In the “Historical Biographies” section, students meet people behind some of science’s most important milestones—from Lavoisier to Carver, Curie to Crick. The “Things Fall Apart” virtual tour (on Google Arts & Culture) takes students on an exploration of the life and afterlife of things—and why we fight to preserve them. And in the Science Mattersrole-playing game, students debate the positive and negative viewpoints on environmental issues by adopting roles of characters representing differing positions.
SageModeler is an intuitive modeling tool being developed at TheConcord Consortium and the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University for middle school and high school students to build their own models and validate their model design using real-world data.
TechGirlz is a program of Creating IT Futures, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of CompTIA, which inspires middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers. To achieve its mission, TechGirlz has created engaging, interactive “TechShopz” led by industry professionals, community leaders, and students.
You do not have to go far from home to travel somewhere amazing. Every state hosts natural and technological marvels that you may never have seen. Popular Science magazine suggests 50 science-y destinations that are well worth a visit—each is within a drivable distance from the state’s largest population center.