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.
Phyto Heroes is a game about phytoplankton, tiny creatures invisible to the human eye that make half of the world’s oxygen while also feeding the ocean’s creatures. Through simple touch activities, children learn how their everyday actions, such as turning off the lights, can affect carbon levels, pH balance, and temperature.