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.
NASA’s HUNCHprogram empowers and inspires high school students through project-based learning. Students who participate in the program learn twenty-first century skills and have the opportunity to launch their careers through participation in the design and fabrication of real-world-valued products for NASA.
First Book, in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), has created the 2020–2021 Diversity in STEM Calendar, a free tool designed to help educators bring amazing moments of innovation to life and showcase the incredible contributions of diverse STEM pioneers with children across the country.