Videos Revealing Personal Side of Scientists and Their Work
The PBS/NOVAweb seriesThe Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers provides humanizing snapshots of scientists who are shaping our world. Students will learn about cutting-edge science and engineering, the amazing people who do that work, and the activities they engage in when their lab coats come off. Each episode profiles a contemporary scientist in three or four discrete, one- to three-minute videoclips. For example, Simon Singh tells how he moved from physics to science journalism and discovered an insane amount of math in “The Simpsons.” Physicist Michio Kaku’s dream is to find the “unified theory of everything,” but he takes breaks to go figure skating. Cynthia Erenas connected with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas through a program in her Los Angeles high school. He helped her embrace technology and imagine wildly; she became a superstar teen roboticist. The site is searchable by curricular topics or hobbies (art, music, etc.). It also includes blog posts that set scientists’ work in the context of the everyday world and a teacher’s guide with ideas on how to use the videos and blog posts to reveal a personal side of science that many students can relate to.
CoderZ League (formerly Cyber Robotics Coding Competition) is an exciting, engaging, and entertaining virtual robotics competition for students of all levels to participate in and learn about STEM, robotics, and coding, and to ignite their technology career paths.
Phyto Heroes is a game about phytoplankton, tiny creatures invisible to the human eye that make half of the world’s oxygen while also feeding the ocean’s creatures. Through simple touch activities, children learn how their everyday actions, such as turning off the lights, can affect carbon levels, pH balance, and temperature.