Program That Brings the Built Environment into the Classroom
The National Building Museum brings the museum’s educators into classrooms around the nation through livestreamed programs. For example, the Why Engineering? program, designed for students in grades 4–9, investigates the role of engineers who work to make buildings stronger and safer. Students explore engineering and the ways engineers affect the places people live, work, and play. Students hear engineers describe their design process and explain the engineering principles behind projects they have completed in Washington, DC. Through interactive elements, students learn about the importance of creative problem solving and careers in engineering.
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.