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.
Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks. The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects.
Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.
The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.