Women Make Movies invites teachers and students to celebrate Women’s History Month by exploring films that highlight the inspiring achievements of women who changed history in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as the courageous individuals who continue to create change in these arenas.Great Unsung Women of Computing is a series of three documentary films that look at the past, present, and future of women in technology, inspiring female students to believe that programming careers lie within their grasp. The Computers features the story of six young women who programmed the world’s first modern, programmable computer (ENIAC) as part of a secret World War II project. The Coders features rare footage and first-to-be-seen interviews with two forward-thinking women whose work on the invention of Flash and Java revolutionized the internet. In The Future Makers, a young MIT PhD entrepreneur shares her dream of a world in which people interact with smart devices using natural hand gestures, rather than static keyboards or touchpads. She invented 3D “gestural recognition technology” and cofounded 3dim to develop and market it. A videoclip from the series is freely accessible on YouTube. A DVD of the full series is available for K–12 schools and public libraries at a cost of $89.00.
The K–3 STEM Foundations project is developing NGSS-aligned curriculum units for K–3 students that connect science concepts and guided inquiry activities to reading/language arts, as well as health and wellness. The units are designed for use during class time or after school.
American Honda Foundation’s grants support educational programs that focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); the environment; job training; and literacy. The foundation seeks proposals from pubic school districts, and private and public elementary and secondary schools with a program focused on scientific education for youth from birth to age 21.
The Scratch team in the MIT Media Lab is gearing up to release a new version of Scratch designed to work on mobile devices. The team is also working on a way to integrate the physical world with Scratch using what they’re currently calling a “Scratch Pad.”