Students in grades 7–12 are invited to join The National WWII Museum for a freecross-country virtual expedition on February 4, 2020, to discover the science, sites, and stories of the creation of the atomic bomb. Two live webcast sessions are available: Session 1, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CT) and Session 2, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CT). During each session, student reporters will examine the revolutionary science of nuclear energy in the museum’s exhibits and the race to produce an atomic weapon in complete secrecy. They will explore the world’s first industrial nuclear reactor at the massive and remote Hanford site in Washington State and travel to the undercover laboratory and test site in New Mexico to learn about the team of physicists who created the detonating device and witnessed its destructive power firsthand. Student reporters will also uncover the stories of mobilization, collaboration, and innovation to understand how the results brought about the end of World War II and forever changed the world. This interactive exploration features live polling and a Q&A opportunity, so students can participate without ever leaving their classroom. Answering students’ questions will be a research professor at George Washington University and member of the Science and Security Board at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Classroom participation is free but requires advance registration.
Drawing inspiration from the concept of moonshots, which since the moon landing in 1969 has become shorthand to talk about ambitious and groundbreaking goals, the UK’s Prince William has announced TheEarthshot Prize: a set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.
The Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words provides chemistry students of all ages and levels with instant facts about each of the elements it illustrates. When students click on Palladium, for example, they will learn about the element’s role in pollution control.
Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 freeresources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward.