NoRILLA (novel research-based intelligent lifelong learning apparatus) is a mixed-reality system that combines physical and virtual worlds to improve children’s STEAM learning in an enjoyable and collaborative way. Based on scientifically proven research at Carnegie Mellon University, NoRILLA’s specialized AI algorithm tracks what students are doing in the physical environment and provides personalized interactive feedback to children as they experiment and make discoveries in the real world. EarthShake, the first educational game for the NoRILLA system, teaches early physics principles through hands-on learning. A table provides earthquakes, and students make predictions about which tower will stay up longer. The supporting technology can detect how the towers fared during the quake, and the game’s cartoon gorilla gives students appropriate feedback to understand the underlying principles. NoRILLA can be used to teach STEAM concepts such as inquiry, balance and stability, geometry, symmetry, volume, ratio, and scientific curiosity, as well as critical thinking skills. Educators can sign up on the website for updates.
Now in its fourth decade, WGBH Boston’s NOVAtelevision series remains committed to in-depth science programming in the form of one-hour documentaries and long-form miniseries—from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world. In addition to the weekly television broadcasts, NOVA extends its award-winning science reporting both online and in classrooms.
The BioBits Project was started by a group of synthetic biology researchers at Northwestern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, who wanted to help students learn biology by doing biology. Their aim was to enable students to perform a range of simple, hands-on biological experiments without the need for specialized lab equipment and at a fraction of the cost of current standard experimental designs.
The Smithsonian Libraries is calling for applications for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library in New York is the host location for 2019.