OKLAHOMA TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION

June 1, 2020

mathprize.atfoundation.org

Funding & Recognition

Challenge to Girls to Demonstrate Exceptional Math Talents

Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians in grade 11 or below compete in Advantage Testing Foundation’s challenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The goal is to promote gender equity in the STEM professions and to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become mathematical and scientific leaders.

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makercamp.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

Virtual Summer Camps to Keep Children’s Minds Active

Parents and children will find a wide variety of engaging camp activities to take part in when they dive into Camp Wonderopolis. Some of the activities revolve around STEM-field careers, others are designed to boost literacy and comprehension, and still others to help foster and improve critical thinking and creativity in young minds.

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khanacademy.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Interdisciplinary Student-Driven Projects

Imagineering in a Box is designed to pull back the curtain to show students in middle school and high school how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks.  The program, from Khan Academy, takes a behind-the-scenes look with Disney Imagineers and makes it an active learning experience by weaving together videos and exercises into lessons that culminate in student-driven projects

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brainu.org

Professional Growth

Neuroscience Training and Resources for Science Teachers and Students

A unique program for K–12 science teachers, BrainU provides neuroscience training, materials, and staff support to bring brain science to students. In BrainU’s professional workshops, participants receive updates on the latest neuroscience research—discussion is complemented with hands-on activities and lab work.

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Professional Growth

Webinars with Ideas to Help Navigate Today’s Education Landscape

Education Now is a new initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) to respond to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the novel coronavirus.

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Funding & Recognition

Award for Exceptional English Language Teaching

The TESOL Teacher of the Year Award was created by TESOL and National Geographic Learning to recognize and pay tribute to exceptional English language teachers at all levels. Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to create a supportive and encouraging learning environment by providing quality language instruction based on well-articulated theory, philosophy, educational research, and best practices. 

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playmadagames.com

Mobile Learning

Digital Games to Increase Understanding of Chemistry Through Play

Developed by PlayMada Games, Collisions helps high school students visualize and interact with chemistry concepts through engaging and challenging digital games that integrate with the chemistry curriculum.

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jkrowling.com

Digital Learning • Learning Support

New Fictional Universe by J.K. Rowling

Readers who long imagined themselves in Harry Potter’s world have a chance to immerse themselves in another fictional universe created by J.K. Rowling. The author is releasing The Ickabog, a new story for young readers, for free online.

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destinationimagination.org

Funding & Recognition

Open-Ended STEAM-based Challenges Fostering Creativity and Curiosity

All kindergarten through university-level students worldwide are invited to participate in Destination Imagination’s (DI) open-ended STEAM-based challenges by forming teams of up to seven members, selecting their preferred Challenge, and working together to develop a solution.

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askbillnye.com

Mobile Learning

Science Facts in an Incisive Podcast with Bill Nye

Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world—one phone call at a time. In the Science Rules! podcast, he tackles questions on just about anything in the universe.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Free Digital US History Textbook

The Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) is helping teachers plan for the upcoming academic year with free, engaging resources and programs. On July 6, in partnership with Rice University’s Open Stax, BRI will launch Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness, an open educational resource for high school US history.

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elementsofai.com

Professional Growth

Free Online Course Teaching the Basics of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

In spring 2018, Reaktor, an AI and tech partner in Finland, and University of Helsinki came together with the aim of helping people be empowered, not threatened, by artificial intelligence. Together, they built Elements of AI to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to people from a wide range of backgrounds.

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themeetinghouseafterschool.org

Social Media

Virtual Playground for Social Skills Development

The Meeting House, in New York City, has created a new Virtual Playground where children can join together online with their real-world friends in an interactive space. The Playground is updated each day by adding original and curated content in diverse formats, including video, music, art, games, downloads, links, activities, yoga lessons, and storytelling.

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koshland-science-museum.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Program Conveying the Importance of Science in Daily Life

The Virtual Koshland Science Museum, now part of the National Academy of Sciences’ LabX program for students, offers a beautiful interactive feature on the anatomy of the human brain. LabX also presents a collection of online experiences.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support

Stories of Slavery in the Colonial North

Produced by Historic Hudson ValleyPeople Not Property introduces students, teachers, and the interested public to the history of Northern enslavement, separate from the more familiar history of antebellum Southern slavery, by exploring history through personal stories.

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educatingalllearners.org

Professional Growth

Guidance for Providing a Safety Net for Students with Disabilities

EducatingAllLearners offers guidance to help special education teachers provide remote lessons. The site, an effort for educators by educators, was launched by more than 30 organizations, including the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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thesciencebehindit.org

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Answers to Scientific Questions People Are Curious About

Behind many of today’s most compelling issues—obesity, climate change, veterans’ health, to name just a few—is a wealth of information gleaned from science, engineering, and medicine.

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