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.
Using a visual interface rather than a programming language, Lightwell lets students create real iOS apps that they can share with nearby devices or submit to the Apple App Store. Although Lightwell is a professional tool, students can use the software to create simple apps as they learn the programming language.
With Samsung Solve for Tomorrow,students use STEM to positively impact their community and compete for a chance to win technology and supplies for their school. This year teachers who enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest will also create a fundraisingpage on DonorsChoose.org, where they can engage citizen donors to contribute the necessary supplies and donations for their STEM-focused Solve for Tomorrow project. For the first 3,500 teachers who enter, Samsung will match 50 percent of their funding amount up to $200.