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.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
The Transformational Leadership Institute is an offering of virtual, accredited* trainings on antiracism, unconscious bias, learning loss, and ways that COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the issues. The institute, sponsored by Kendall Hunt, will take place on July 1, July8, and July 13, 2021. Tailored for K–12 leaders and educators, the virtual sessions will equip participants to design individualized equity plans.
The ASL App, by Ink & Salt, presents videos made by people who are deaf to help users learn a new visual, spatial language in a way that is easy, intuitive, and well paced. Users can drag their finger on the videos to control the speed, and when they need to know a sign right away, they can use the search index.