NASCAR teams push science to its limits to eke out the tenths or hundredths of a second that separate the winner from the also-rans. The Science of Speedvideo series, produced for the National Science Foundation uses the elements of NASCAR to show that a racecar really is a science experiment on wheels. Students will learn how science makes cars powerful, agile, fast, and safe—and how these same principles affect their own cars. The series is comprised of 12 episodes, ranging from Drag & Drafting to Momentum & Time—all of which may be viewed free of charge:
Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about ambitious and groundbreaking goals, the UK’s Prince William has announced TheEarthshot Prize: a set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.
The Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words provides chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates. When students click on Palladium, for example, they will learn about the element’s role in pollution control.
Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 freeresources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward.