Are your students interested in ichthyology or curious about crustaceans? Skype a Scientist brings experts into the classroom or students’ homes—virtually—to answer all their questions—for free. Dr. Sarah McAnulty, a squid biologist, started Skype a Scientist as a way to connect classrooms with scientists, but with everyone now at home due to the coronavirus, the program has been expanded to allow families to chat with experts as well. To match classrooms—and now families—with the appropriate expert, teachers or parents fill out a form on the Skype a Scientist website. To begin, they can search the database by entering something as narrow as “shark” or as broad as “biology.” Then they can indicate their preferred expert on the form. Alternatively, if they are not sure what they are looking for, Skype a Scientist can find a match. The program’s “matchmaker,” who’s also a computer scientist, sends out the emails connecting the scientists and classrooms. The two parties then set up the call. Skype a Scientist tries to get children from different backgrounds interested in science. Teachers can indicate if more than half of those participating are underrepresented in STEM fields, and Skype a Scientist will work to find an expert from the same community.
SageModeler is an intuitive modeling tool being developed at TheConcord Consortium and the CREATE for STEM Institute at Michigan State University for middle school and high school students to build their own models and validate their model design using real-world data.
Operation Outbreak is an innovative platform for STEM education on infectious diseases and outbreak preparedness created by Sarasota Military Academy Prep School and the Sabeti Lab at TheBroad Institute of Harvard and MIT. The platform integrates an academic unit covering relevant science and humanities subjects with a culminating “outbreak simulation” experiential learning activity.
Into the Outdoors (ITO) creates pathways to environmental awareness and outdoor lifestyles to empower the next generation to become sustainable stewards of Planet Earth. Part science lesson and part adventure, this streaming video series uncovers the stories behind sensible solutions to creating a better planet while the youth hosts have some fun along the way.