The SPARK Movement—a movement by and for girls aged 13–22—is aiming to put women on the map. The “Women on the Map” projectworks inside Google’s freeField Trip app to pinpoint locations connected to great women from history. (“Women on the Map” is on the Field Trip app by default.) By switching on history notifications in the app, users are alerted when they approach the exact location where a woman made history at some point in time and can read about her and her achievements. SPARK's team—mostly college students—mapped the achievements of about 100 women around the world, and they plan to add more. Some of the women on the map include Mary Ellen Pleasant (San Francisco, California), an activist and abolitionist who, among other things, would dress like a jockey to help those enslaved escape their plantations; and Mary Anning (Lyme, England), a renowned fossilist who discovered fossils of a Plesiosaurus, rocking the scientific community to its core.
Teachers in grades 6–12 are invited to attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s weeklong institutes in the nation’s capital. Participants will join other educators from across the country in exploring the connections among American art and social studies, history, and English/language arts.
In 1968 three astronauts embarked on the Apollo 8 mission and witnessed Earth as it had never been seen before. The firstcolor photograph taken beyond Earth’s orbit was later titled Earthrise. An award-winning film from Global Oneness Project documents the story of this photograph. How does the Earthrise photograph provide a context for what it means to be a global citizen?
Starting with the Alamo in 1836, Experience Real History (ERH) uses cards and RealityBoards, in addition to apps, to help students gain insights into history. The Reality Board is a large mat with a printed image of the 1836 Alamo from a bird’s-eye view.