Curriculum to Help Students Realize the Impact of STEM and Imagination
Electronics company RS Components in the UK has launched Imagine-X, a series of free curriculum-aligned resources that link STEM subjects to real people who have used their skills to make the world a better place—to broaden horizons, empower the disadvantaged, and diversify life choices. Current lesson plans, which cover biomechanicalengineering for students aged 7–14, are available to download for free from the RS Components STEM Hub. A lesson presentation is also available for elementary and middle school levels, and a worksheet for elementary. The biomechanical engineering resources focus on how technology can be used to develop prosthetics and the wider concept of how technology can be used to improve people’s lives. Elementary and middle school teachers, education experts, and students at these levels all helped develop the student resources.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.