The impact of COVID-19—on education, health, the workforce, and the economy—has made clear that young people need skills that enable them to think critically, creatively, and globally—to solve problems, create new jobs, and address issues never seen before. On October 22, 2020, educators and leaders will come together at the seventh annualSmartBrief Education STEM Pathways Summit, a one-day virtual conference to explore real-world ways to address the STEM skills gap and prepare students for careers in STEM fields. Attendees will hear how entrepreneurship education can help end the school-to-prison pipeline. They will also hear how the San Francisco 49ers are teaching STEM skills through the lens of football. They will learn how to nurture active learning and inquiry in a remote learning environment—and much more. Find additional information online, including links to an agenda and registration form.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
In April 2019, scientists obtained the first image of a black hole, using Event Horizon Telescope observations of the center of the galaxy M87. The image shows a bright ring formed as light bends in the intense gravity around a black hole. Teachers can capture students’ enthusiasm about black holes by challenging them to solve the standards-aligned math problems provided by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.
Twig Science Reporter is a freeweekly science news service for K–6 classrooms created in partnership with Imperial College London to connect science lessons with real-world STEM news and events through high-quality video and other learning resources to pique students’ interest.