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.
The Smithsonian Science for the Classroom program is setting the standard for 3D learning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this new integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines and connect them firsthand to the world around them.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.
An initiative of Microsoft Philanthropies, TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the United States and in British Columbia, Canada, build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science.