Highest Award in Recognition of Exemplary STEM Teaching
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. The awards are given to teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. This year the Presidential Awards is honoring secondary teachers. Nominate a talented seventh- through twelfth-grade STEM teacher today using the PAEMST website. If you’re a teacher, you can begin an application at www.paemst.org.
Deadlines: March 1, 2019, for nominations; May 1, 2019, for applications
The education team of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers innovative online materials that enlighten students and educators about the breadth of scientific research, technology, and activities. These resources include student activities, case studies, tutorials, and lesson plans for education audiences of all ages.
LEGO Education’s new SPIKE Prime Set is a STEAM learning tool for students in grades 6–8. Combining colorful LEGO building elements, easy-to-use hardware, and an intuitive drag-and-drop coding language based on Scratch, SPIKE Prime continuously engages students through playful learning activities to think critically and solve complex problems, regardless of their learning level.
The Mini Urban Challenge RVW is a virtual simulation based on a national competition sponsored by The Doolittle Institute, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and Special Operations Command. The purpose of this competition is to design and program a robotic vehicle that can autonomously navigate a mini-urban city, using a virtualLEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot.