Journey Through the History of Science and Technology
With the Journeys of Invention app for iOS devices, students can play with some of the most extraordinary objects in the history of science and technology. This app brings to life priceless objects from the Science Museum in London and tells their stories. Students can study, rotate, and even operate some of the most revolutionary scientific inventions of all time. They can step inside the Apollo 10 Command Module, examine a flea with Robert Hooke’s 17th-century microscope, and even encode a secret message with a World War II Enigma Machine and share it with their friends to decipher. They can also learn about the darker side of science on the “Dangerous” journey, or they can choose “Horizons” for dramatic tales of exploration. And for a different take on the history of science and technology, they can try “Atoms and Rays” or “The Secret of Life.” The app features original and insightful history specially written by Science Museum curators with a rich collection of historic photographs, rarely seen contemporary artworks, archival film footage, and video. Cost: $9.99
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.