Instructional Models and Digital Tools for STEM Learning
WGBH Educational Foundation has launched the first set of interactive K–12 digital resources produced as part of “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms.” These resources are being distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia to more than 1.9 million registered educators and their students across the country. The goal of the project is to design, test, and disseminate new instructional models and digital media tools that will enable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning. The new Earth science content consists of interactive lessons and modules developed by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, with input from a national group of 50 representative teacher advisors with diverse backgrounds and pedagogical approaches. The engaging and interactive tools have been designed for diverse learners. They feature innovative media formats that draw on the unique assets from NASA—including satellite images and data visualizations—and videos drawn from WGBH’s signature programs, such as NOVA and PEEP & the Big Wide World. The Earth science modules address content covered in kindergarten through grade 12, focusing on topics such as weather, climate, land, and water. Supporting materials include background essays, teaching tips, and student handouts. The resources are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and emphasize student engagement with core ideas and practices.
The K–3 STEM Foundations project is developing NGSS-aligned curriculum units for K–3 students that connect science concepts and guided inquiry activities to reading/language arts, as well as health and wellness. The units are designed for use during class time or after school.