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.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
In April 2019, scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. Teachers can capture students’ enthusiasm about black holes by challenging them to solve the standards-aligned math problems provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Twig Science Reporter is a freeweekly science news service for K–6 classrooms created in partnership with Imperial College London to connect science lessons with real-world STEM news and events through high-quality video and other learning resources to pique students’ interest.