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 Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds that fits right in a user’s pocket. Developed for all experience levels, it will help users identify the birds around them, keep track of the birds they’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near them.
The Science Without Borders Challenge is an international art contest that engages students in promoting the need to preserve, protect, and restore the world’s oceans and aquatic resources. This annual contest inspires students to be creative while learning about important ocean science and conservation issues.
The Body VR lets users experience the wonders of the human body and its billions of living cells. Users travel through the bloodstream and learn everything there is to know about how blood cells work to spread oxygen through the human body. They also learn how the body reacts when it is faced with deadly viruses.