The Gender Chip Project offers both a documentary and companion materials to assist teachers, parents, and mentors who are encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The documentary reveals how women are finding new ways to honor their own growth, motivations, and experience as they imagine how to make the science and technology workplace a comfortable environment. Students can view clips of the documentary for free online; a DVD of the full film is available for K–12 schools and public libraries at a cost of $89. An accompanying curriculum for use in the classroom at grades 5–9, after school, and in professional development programs can be downloaded as a PDF. The Gender Chip Project has also aggregated resources that support the work of helping girls to be successful in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics career paths. These resources include books and articles, websites, and videos and games, specifically organized for teachers, mentors, and parents, and professional development organizations.
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.”