The Smithsonian Institution and Lenovo have teamed up to develop and provide freeSTEAM activities for students, along with teachers’ guides. The materials are available in the Smithsonian Learning Lab for educators who would like to replicate or adapt them in the classroom or in after-school programs. As part of the joint initiative, the Smithsonian is providing training for Lenovo employee volunteers to facilitate the STEAM activities with students in schools and in after-school programs during their community outreach. The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is designing the activities and step-by-step facilitator’s guides. The center will also create two virtual-reality education experiences for teachers to embed into their curriculum. The Smithsonian Learning Lab projects include Sculptris (creating a 3D model of an insect based on specimens from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History), E-textiles (combining circuitry and fabric to create wearable tech), Wright Flight (learning the basic engineering skills used by the Wright brothers, followed by a digital test flight of a 3D model of the original Wright Flyer from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum), ArtBots (constructing an art-making robot using motors, batteries, and whimsy), Botany Field Book (learning techniques inspired by a National Museum of Natural History botanical illustrator), and CURIO (trading-card game challenging students to discover patterns and connections that inspire their own Smithsonian collection).
Physics Girl Dianna Cowern has created a YouTube channel about physics, astronomy, and other science-related topics. The show features engaging DIY investigations, unusual and cutting-edge research, explanations about phenomena related to space and the universe, and interviews with science experts.
Sprint and the Sprint Foundation have launched the 1Million Project, a multiyear initiative to offer freemobile devices and freehigh-speed wireless internet connectivity to 1 million low-income high school students lacking a reliable source of internet access at home. The expansive new program will help eliminate the “homework gap” that puts these students at a major disadvantage because they don’t have ready access to the internet needed for completing homework, communicating with teachers, or applying for jobs, scholarships, or college. Sprint is now accepting applications for the second year of the 1Million Project, which starts at the beginning of the 2018 - 2019 school year and runs for four years. High schools and school districts can earn a spot in the program by applying online.
Penn State World Campus consistently ranks in the top 10 graduate education programsin U.S. News & World Report’s“Best Online Programs.” Penn State offers a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with five emphases to choose from: STEM Education; Elementary Education; Children’s Literature; Curriculum and Supervision; and Theory and Practice in English, Social Studies, and World Languages. Select the curriculum and instruction emphasis area that’s right for you. Learn from the same faculty who teach on campus and apply your new knowledge immediately in your classroom. Penn State’s program is asynchronous, so there is no need to log in at a specific time; study on your own time—from any location. Request a brochure.