The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition engages students in research and development with a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Working in teams of two, three, or four members, students study a technology of interest and predict what that technology might be like in 20 years. Then they explore what is necessary to make their visions a reality. Past winners have imagined technologies ranging from a hand-held food allergen detector to a new device to help people who have lost limbs regain movement in real time. All K–12 students are eligible to enter the competition. The ExploraVision website includes sample projects by grade range (K–3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12) and examples of how to prepare each part of the project. Winning teams will receive $10,000 US Savings Bonds, an expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to present their ideas to scientific leaders, and more. Interested applicants will find this opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Through relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms,” Quill reaches out to educators to support their daily needs. Quill.com’s Education Resource Center puts teachers in touch with grants to expand their special programs, awards to recognize their efforts, and sources to enrich STEM programs. Bookmark this growing resource as a daily companion, as well as a source to explore more than 85,000 classroom essentials.
Tune in live to “You Bring the Q’s, We’ll Bring the Hacks,” a free online event sponsored by Microsoft, to see how small changes can have huge student impact. The event will take place on June 27, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CT).
RobotLAB has launched Engage! K12, a platform that provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. Engage! K12’s interactive and hands-on learningexperiences are organized by high-interest topics, such as soccer-playing robots or autonomous cars.