Innovative Activities to Integrate into a STEM Program
Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 freeresources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward. A December 2019 podcast introduces students to artificial intelligence as increasingly AI becomes integrated into their everyday lives. Fizzics Education also presents a science trivia section in which students are asked questions such as “Is there sound in space?” (astronomy), “Why does eyesight change as you get older?” (biology), “What percentage of the human brain is water?” (chemistry), “Is it possible to physically stop light from moving?” (physics), and “Does anyone ‘own’ Antarctica?” (geology and geography).
In smaller rural schools, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education can face troublesome barriers. In our K–12 district of 730 students, we have many of the common obstacles, including limited funds, no extra faculty, and an already overloaded class schedule. These three join arms to block us from using any of the really cool programs we’d like to. Other institutions sing praises of cutting-edge programs and share their successes. Meanwhile, rural schools are trying to figure out how to educate equally deserving kids in STEM.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in May.