The ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually to help K–12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms. “Living in a Material World” grants are intended to recognize creativity and enhance awareness of materials science and the role that materials play in society. Applicants should describe a hands-on, curriculum-based K–12 project involving student observation, teamwork, mathematics, and science skills that enhance student awareness of the everyday materials around them. Interested applicants will find this grant opportunity on GetEdFunding, a free database sponsored by CDW•G of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Throughout the summer months, students can explore the science behind some of their favorite summer activities. On PBS LearningMedia’s Science of Summer website, students will discover the physics of sailing, the chemistry of campfires, the mineral composition of sand, the forces that allow humans to ride bicycles and rollercoasters—and more.
Google’s Science Journal transforms students’ mobile devices into a science laboratory, encouraging students to conduct authentic experiments, collect and visualize data, and record observations from the world around them. The app, which is available for iOS, Android, and most Chromebooks, offers a suite of tools to measure light, motion, sound, G-forces, and more.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.