No culture exists without science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM provides the necessary tools to function in the natural environment. How a society lives and learns to use evidence-based results to survive can differ greatly. In Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show, the world of scientific discovery is explored from an Indigenous perspective. Big issues such as fluid dynamics, biological diversity, and cosmic mapping are addressed in episodes that showcase Indigenous scientists and other experts. The featured cast of science questers delves deeply into the chosen subject—from at-home hacks to Chickasaw Nation astronaut Commander John Bennett Herrington. Besides being smart, the show proves that Western and Indigenous science are mutually compatible. Using such examples as skateboarding to demonstrate concepts of physics and bringing in hip-hop artists such as Mob Bounce, Christie Lee Charles, and JB the First Lady as guests, Coyote’s Crazy Smart Science Show also keeps concepts cool. Students can check out Season 1 and Season 2 online.
Each year we publish blogs and 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 2020.
Did you know the origin of the word meme has more to do with evolutionary biology than LOLcats? Or that the chemical element cobalt takes its name from a pesky goblin in German folklore? Science Diction is a bite-sized podcast about words—and the science stories behind them.
SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids makes many aspects of the engineering process accessible to children. Whether it’s designing and making, applying principles of mechanics, or just inspiring creativity, the collection of apps will teach and engage children as young as four.