Boston Children’s Museum has been creating curriculum, activities, and other resources for educators and parents for more than 100 years. These resources are rooted in decades of understanding how children learn most effectively and how adults can best support that learning. The museum’s resources include the multiple-award-winning Beyond the Chalkboard website, which is used by tens of thousands of afterschool professionals all around the world; the STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide, which offers ideas and activities for early childhood educators who teach science, technology, engineering, and math; guides for afterschool educators working with English language learners and childrenwith autism; and BCM Home Edition, a book of 26 activities that families can try together at home. Each of these resources is available for free to any parent, teacher, or other caregiver who wishes to use them.
Using a visual interface rather than a programming language, Lightwell lets students create real iOS apps that they can share with nearby devices or submit to the Apple App Store. Although Lightwell is a professional tool, students can use the software to create simple apps as they learn the programming language.
With Samsung Solve for Tomorrow,students use STEM to positively impact their community and compete for a chance to win technology and supplies for their school. This year teachers who enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest will also create a fundraisingpage on DonorsChoose.org, where they can engage citizen donors to contribute the necessary supplies and donations for their STEM-focused Solve for Tomorrow project. For the first 3,500 teachers who enter, Samsung will match 50 percent of their funding amount up to $200.