The US Department of Defense’s STARBASE program exposes the nation’s at-risk youth to the technological environments and positive civilian and military role models found on Active, Guard, and Reserve military bases and installations. The program provides 25 hours of exemplary hands-on instruction and activities that meet or exceed national standards. DoD STARBASE focuses on elementary students, primarily fifth graders. It serves students who are historically underrepresented in STEM: students who live in inner cities or rural locations, those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged, low in academic performance, or have a disability are in the target group. The program engages students through the inquiry-based curriculum with its “hands-on, mind-on” experiential activities. For example, students study Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s principle and explore nanotechnology, navigation, and mapping. They use a computer to design space stations, all-terrain vehicles, and submersibles. Math is embedded throughout the curriculum, and students use metric measurement, estimation, calculation geometry, and data analysis to solve problems. Teamwork is stressed as students work together to explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate concepts. The military volunteers apply abstract principles to real-world situations by leading tours and giving lectures on the use of STEM in different settings and careers. Students may discuss how chemical fires are extinguished, learn how the injured are transported, or explore the cockpit of an F-18 or the interior of a submarine. DoD STARBASE works with school districts to support their standards of learning objectives.
A group of artists has spent the past six years inviting other artists, teachers, and students to help add Wikipedia pages for Black artists and adjusting other pages as needed. Started by Jina Valentine and Heather Hart, the Wiki edit-a-thons have resulted in the addition of 1,200 artists and institutions to the Wikipedia website, as well as changes made to countless other pages.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, IBM is working with policymakers and education leaders to increase the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools(P-TECH)in the United States. Currently, IBM hosts 220 P-TECH partners worldwide, and the company plans to expand the program to 150 schools in the US—half of the company’s total commitment of 300 by 2023.
Calcflow, powered by Matryx on STEAM, lets students explore mathematical theorems and scenarios in an interactive virtual reality environment. Essentially it allows them to visualize mathematical concepts in a completely new way.