The Curiosity Cube is a traveling cargo container fitted with labs, virtual-reality technology, and other resources to give students a hands-on experience when learning about science. The concept of The Curiosity Cube is based on The Curiosity Labs program, developed by the biotech company Millipore Sigma, in which employees go into classrooms and conduct hands-on experiments with students. The Curiosity Cube extends impact beyond the classroom to reach even more students and their families. When visitors enter The Curiosity Cube, they are scientists for the day, participating in hands-on science experiments and learning about new technologies. Current exhibits include “Elements in Nature,” in which visitors use scientific lab tools to learn how important water is to the world and dive deeper into the elements that make it up; “Elements in Technology,” in which visitors learn how raw materials are extracted from the earth while using different elements to engineer a model robot that will assist with raw materials extraction; and “Elements of the Human Body,” a virtual tour during which visitors discover where specific elements are found within the body and how elements impact it. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions and be curious. Since its inception in 2017, The Curiosity Cube has visited more than 193 communities throughout the United States, including 95,640 students, many of whom are in Title I schools. The 2019 tour schedule is posted online; check the website later in the year for the 2020 schedule.
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.