The freeBig Bang ARapp for iOS and Android invites students to join Tilda Swinton and CERN scientists on an epic, mixed-reality journey through the birth and evolution of our Universe. They will go back 13.8 billion years and discover how space, time, and the visible Universe came to be. The app immerses students in the primordial mystery of the early Universe in space as events unfold around them, in their own physical environment. They will learn about the microscopic building blocks that make up everything—and everyone—they know and find out if they really are made of stars. They will see the Universe form as they stretch out their hand in front of their camera; and they will be able to create the very first particles and atoms, make a star explode, create a supernova, and explore the nebula.
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.