Funded by the International Space Station National Lab, SciGirls in Space integrates space-themed role-model videos and gender equitable space-science-aligned activities for use in outreach programs. Among the resources for teachers is a gender-equity guide with six strategies on how to engage girls in STEM. The guide outlines SciGirls’ educational approach, rooted in what research has revealed engages girls in STEM. Teachers are encouraged to introduce one or two of these strategies each time they do an activity and discover what works best for their group: (1) Connect STEM experiences to girls’ lives; (2) support girls as they investigate questions and solve problems using STEM practices; (3) empower girls to embrace struggles, overcome challenges, and increase self-confidence in STEM; (4) encourage girls to identify and challenge STEM stereotypes; (5) emphasize that STEM is collaborative, social, and community oriented; (6) provide opportunities for girls to interact with and learn from diverse STEM role models. The strategies have also been proven to work with all learners.
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, is celebrating 10 years of helping educators teach STEM while tackling local community issues and winning technology for their school. To celebrate, Samsung is giving away up to $3 million in prizes and selecting more winners than ever before. Take a few minutes and submit your application to participate today.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.