The Women@NASA have created a virtual mentoring programthat uses Skype or Google Chat to pair NASA mentors with students in grades 5–8 anywhere in the country. The program gives young students the opportunity to interact and learn from real engineers, scientists, and technologists, who explore the many fields that contribute to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Options for topics in the five-week program appear online. This video of a NASA GIRL building a model rocket with her family inspires the kind of joy STEM can stimulate. The Women@NASA hope that their stories will inspire girls everywhere to reach for the stars and explore the myriad of opportunities available to them through pursuing careers in STEM.
Quill.comhelps educators launch the new year with fresh lesson plans and activities, as well as products, supplies, and technology to create engaging and positive learning environments. Teachers can put their students’ creativity into high gear with 3D models and other STEM activities. They can brush up on their professional growth efforts (and receive a CE certificate) with relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms.” Quill’s Educator Resource Center grows by the day with sources to enrich STEM projects, grants to expand special programs, and links to access more than 85,000 classroom essentials.
For more than 20 years, The Concord Consortium has developed cutting-edge educational software for STEM—and just about all of the award-winning, scientist-designed resources are free. The STEM Resource Finder features activities, modules, and software tools.