Wow in the World, NPR’s first podcasts aimed at K–6 students, guides curious children away from their screens and on a journey to connect and discover the wonders of the world around them. Through a combination of careful scientific research and fun, students go inside their brains, out into space, and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology. For example, in the “Dinosaurs’ Puzzling Backbones” podcast, students discover how 170,000-pound dinosaurs walked around without collapsing under their own weight. In “It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s A … FLYING TAXI?!” students ponder where in the world we will see the first flying taxis, what the taxis will look like, and who will operate them.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation offers Teaching Fellowships in the areas of biological sciences, mathematics, technology, and physical sciences. The fellowships are designed to lead new high school math and science teachers through the first and second years of their career and provide financial and professional resources for successful STEM teaching.
To combat America’s rapidly growing opioid and heroin epidemic, the Milken Institute’s Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Public Health is joining forces with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education to expand the reach of Operation Prevention—a national, standards-based initiative developed to educate students, families, and employees about the science behind opioids and their impact on the brain and body.
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is currently accepting nominations in honor of outstanding math and science (including computer science) teachers of K–6. The award recognizes those teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program that is informed by content knowledge and enhances student learning. Awardees join a network of more than 4,700 past recipients and receive a certificate from the President of the United States, a trip to Washington, DC, and $10,000. Educators are invited to nominate a teacher or begin an application on the PAEMST website. Nominations close on April 1, 2018; applications must be completed by May 1, 2018.