Perhaps aquatics and studies in marine biology seem out of reach for classroom connections, especially if students are hours away from the nearest coastal region. The Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota, Florida, offers countless resources in the fields of aquaculture, ecotoxicology, ocean life, fisheries, and more. Although many of the web resources lack interaction with a live biologist, Mote provides digital outreach programs for schools. One such program is SeaTrekTV, which features real scientists working in the field and live from the shark tank. Designed for students in all grade levels, the companion curricula cover sharks, sea turtles, reefs, sea-life rescues, careers, and more.
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
The Saxena Family Foundation awards grants and supports programs that have a particular focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and around empowering girls and young women so that they have equal rights later in life through literacy programs, jobs, and life-skills training.
K–12 students in US public, private, and home schools can enter NASA’s Mars 2020 Name the Rover essay contest. One grand-prize winner will name the rover and be invited to see the spacecraft launch in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.