The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have launched Siemens STEM Day, a website that includes more than 130 elementary and middle school activities, as well as high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. Available at no cost, Siemens STEM Day materials emphasize the importance of STEM through standards-aligned, hands-onclassroom activities designed to support the development of students’ ability to investigate, question, and understand how the world works within STEM principles. Interactive student activities can be filtered by grade level, category, or career path. The activities explore topics spanning healthcare, engineering, IT, science, math, technology, energy, and manufacturing. Siemens STEM Day also offers Educator Support with five-minute thematic refreshers designed to help prepare for the hands-on activities and make meaningful connections for students.
Plus: To celebrate the initiative’s launch, Siemens STEM Day is hosting The Possibility Grant Sweepstakes, which offers schools the chance to win up to $10,000 to go toward STEM education. Eligible educators may enter the sweepstakes once per day through April 28, 2017.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.
In an article in Smithsonian Magazine, journalist and digital editor Meilan Solly presents 158 resources chronicling the history of anti-Black violence and inequality in the United States within a narrative that explains and contextualizes them.