Exhibits and Artifacts Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists
Oxford University’sHistory of Science Museum hosts a leading collection of scientific instruments from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century. The museum’s virtual tours allow visitors to explore exhibits and artifacts of some of the most important scientific discoveries in science history. For example, the “Cultures in Conversation” tour immerses students in precious and rare pieces of Islamic metalwork, ranging from Iran to Egypt and combining decorations and forms from very different places, including Europe and China. From stunning court fashions to intriguing astrolabes, each piece tells a story that starts and ends in a different place. In the exhibit “Alice in Typhoidland,” students explore the long history of cutting-edge research behind the typhoid vaccination and rollout. And in a two-part display of “Women and Science,” students see the work of female scientists, both past and present, who have made significant contributions in the realms of astronomy and astrophysics, even during a time when a formal scientific education was denied to women.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
In April 2019, scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. Teachers can capture students’ enthusiasm about black holes by challenging them to solve the standards-aligned math problems provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Twig Science Reporter is a freeweekly science news service for K–6 classrooms created in partnership with Imperial College London to connect science lessons with real-world STEM news and events through high-quality video and other learning resources to pique students’ interest.