HOW WE GOT TO NOW: Resources to Inspire Innovative Thinking Among Middle & High School Students

On Wednesday, October 15, WGBY premieres the new series How We Got To Now with host Steven Johnson.   The programming begins at 9pm with CLEAN — Extraordinary ideas, innovations and unsung heroes who helped make America’s water supply cleaner, followed at 10pm with TIME — profiling the unsung heroes of time who helped advance navigation, technology and travel.  A PBS LearningMedia Collection targets video segments, audio files, lesson plans, and guides with  tools to drive this kind of innovative thinking among middle and high school students. Continue reading

3 Ways to Boost Students’ STEM Interest Now!

“STEM education is critical, but schools struggle to keep students interested.” So starts a report in the May 6th edition of eSchool News by Managing Director Laura Devaney. The article points out that while STEM education is one of the keys to a successful and competitive U. S. workforce, we are falling behind other nations in math, science, and engineering. Continue reading

Free Educator Webinar: Inspiring STEM Educators with NASA Physics & Engineering

On Monday, April 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EST, you can attend this STEM webinar to learn how to bring exciting, real-world applications of physics and engineering into the classroom.  You’ll receive an exclusive look into the resources in the NASA Physics and Engineering collection on PBS LearningMedia™ as well as advice for teaching with this digital media from NASA. Continue reading

STEAM: Tips and Resources for Getting the A(rts) into STEM

imagesThe need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and proficiency is nothing new. But a movement is growing for STEAM education, in which the “A” stands for Arts.  Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News, reports in the March 3 edition that cultivating scientific and mathematical viewpoints and experiences through arts education is a critical need in today’s schools, so say STEAM advocates. Read more by clicking here.

Exploring the World of Science & Engineering

PBS Learning Media takes a behind-the-scenes look at the daily life of actual scientists and engineers for grades 4-8 and 6-12.  As well as spending “A Day in the Life of a NASA Engineer,” you and students might be surprised to see some familiar faces, including television star turned neuroscientist Mayim Biyalik.  There’s also a companion collection from NOVA. Continue reading

Teacher Webinars for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

phy03_img_observe_lPBS LearningMedia™ is launching a new STEM initiative, “Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media.” This collection offers 40 resources to help bring engineering alive for students.   Attending a webinar for PBS stations about the collection, I learned about these media-rich resources and the myths surrounding engineering.  To support teachers as they face demanding new standards, PBS LearningMedia and WGBH will  host a series of teacher webinars later this month, introducing the Next Generation Science Standards collection and offering advice for incorporating the resources into their classrooms. Continue reading

STEM Grants for Middle & High School Teachers/Students

index Here are two of several grants recently shared by eSchoolNews, each with February deadlines : 1) all-expenses-paid professional development opportunities for middle/high school teachers from the Siemens STEM Academy and 2) a chance for teams of high school students to hone their creativity with inventions for real-life problems, offered by the InvenTeam initiative, created by the Lemelson-MIT Program. Continue reading