Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in the human body, NPR’s Science Friday podcastis a source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology, and other cool topics. Science Friday offers freeSTEM activities, lessons, and other resourcesfor parents and educators. In one activity, students in grades 9–12 use an excerpt of Science Friday as a springboard to discuss and write about algorithms used in social media and their impact on the user experience. Educators can search for activities by grade level, duration, and subject.
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.