Inquiry Units Situating STEM within Social and Humanistic Contexts
IEEE REACH provides teachers and students with educational resources that explore the relationship between technology and engineering history and their complex relationships with society, politics, economics, and culture. REACH was created by the IEEE History Center, a unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), with the mission to preserve, research, and promote the history of information and electrical technologies. The resources include Inquiry Units based on the National Council for the Social Studies “C3 Framework,” primary and secondary sources, hands-on activities, multimedia sources (video and audio), background information for teachers, and more. The REACH site is searchable by text or context (for example, Inquiry Unit or Primary Source), or by any of nine themes: agriculture, manufacturing, materials & structures, energy, communication, transportation, information processing, medicine & healthcare, and warfare. A search may be broken down even further by era, geography, and World History AP themes.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
In April 2019, scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. Teachers can capture students’ enthusiasm about black holes by challenging them to solve the standards-aligned math problems provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Twig Science Reporter is a freeweekly science news service for K–6 classrooms created in partnership with Imperial College London to connect science lessons with real-world STEM news and events through high-quality video and other learning resources to pique students’ interest.