POWERUP’s first powered paper airplane challenge gives students a hands-on flight experience as they use their creativity while learning about physics and aerodynamics. STEM teachers will guide students through the learning and experimental stages over a six-lesson curriculum. POWERUP will provide the materials needed, including the POWERUP CHALLENGE guide, the six-lesson curriculum of basic aerodynamics, and more. Students’ paper airplanes will be judged based on distance and accuracy of flight, maximum duration of flight, and design creativity. POWERUP Award badges will be given for school level, small team, and individual teams. At the national level, the schools that have the best results will win 2x POWERUP kits.
Deadlines: Registration to participate in the challenge closes on September 28, 2018. Submissions to the challenge should be uploaded to POWERUP Toys’ FlightDeck online learning community by October 31, 2018
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awards are given to teachers who have both deep content knowledge of the subjects they teach and the ability to motivate and enable students to be successful in those areas. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. The President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. This year the Presidential Awards is honoring secondary teachers. Consider nominating a talented seventh- through twelfth-grade STEM teacher today using the PAEMST website. If you’re a teacher, you can begin an application at www.paemst.org.
Deadlines:Nominations close March 1, 2019; applications close May 1, 2019.