Program Inspiring Learning and Discovery for Young Children
The nonprofit Khan Academy has launched Khan Academy Kids for early learners (aged 2–5). The education app includes thousands of original activities, books, videos, and lessons, and combines subjects such as math and reading with creative activities—for example, drawing and storytelling. Animated characters guide children through educational materials at the appropriate level for them. The lessons are standards-aligned (Common Core for kindergartners and Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework for preschoolers) and include social–emotional learning components. Khan Academy Kids also provides learning materials from National Geographic Young Explorer Magazine, Bellwether Media, and Skyship Entertainment, as well as tools for parent participation. The full app is available free of charge for iOS and is in beta for Android.
A new interactive national report shows how states are performing based on 10 STEM benchmarks. The STEM Opportunity Index, developed by the National Math and Science Initiative, SRI International, and 100Kin10, looks at more than 100 public datasets and puts the results into an interactive map that compares how states are doing across 10 conditions, practices, and outcomes demonstrating STEM success rates.
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) pioneered Design–Make–Play, a novel approach to learning and engagement, drawing on deeper learning research and supporting the creation of learning experiences that develop critical thinking, knowledge integration, innovation, and creativity skills.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.