For more than 35 years, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have rewarded and inspired teachers across the country. PAEMST, which have honored more than 5,000 teachers, are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. Nominate a teacher or apply today at www.paemst.org.
Award Recognizing Excellence in Engineering Science Education
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Northrup Grumman Foundation annually present the Excellence in Engineering Education Award to recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into science classrooms and the critical need to make students proficient in practices used by engineers in the field.
American Indian Perspective on the “First Thanksgiving”
Each November educators across the country teach their students about the First Thanksgiving, a quintessentially American holiday. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has designed a poster to encourage teaching about Thanksgiving in a new way—one that recognizes the country’s original people.
5 Must-Have Resources for Teaching in the COVID-19 Era
Learn techniques that you can use right away—online, in person, hybrid—to help all students break down a wall of words and understand texts, themselves, and the world. Teachers and students love the Folger Method! Students at all levels own their learning and find success in the adventure of reading. To help all your students feel confident with complex texts, Folger Shakespeare Library has compiled these essential resources.
Virtual-Reality Journey with Alice Down the Rabbit Hole
Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality
Competition Engaging Students in Audio Storytelling
The NPR Student Podcast Challenge, which has drawn more than 35,000 students around the country into the world of audio storytelling, is back for its third year. Students in grades 5–12 can participate in the 2021 challenge by creating a three- to eight-minute podcast about a topic they want to explore.
Wonder Workshop is sponsoring the Wonder League Robotics Competition, a free global, virtual competition for students aged 6–14. The competition is intended to help students develop computational thinking, problem solving, and creativity by learning to code.
Calendar to Celebrate Diversity in STEM Year-round
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.
The American Writers Museum is developing a new monthly podcast series that explores the museum’s growing Nation of Writers. Listeners will hear experts around the country talk about significant American voices that have shaped this nation with their words.
Framework for Teaching the Historical Significance of Slavery in America
Teaching Tolerance has developed Teaching Hard History, a comprehensive guide for teaching and learning at all grade levels about the role slavery played in the development of the United States and how its legacies still influence us today.
Instant Formative Assessment Tool Activating the Whole Class
A freeonline whiteboardtool called Whiteboard.fi provides classroom teachers with live feedback and immediate overview of their students’ learning. After creating a virtual class space on Whiteboard.fi, teachers invite their students to join.
Game Using Music, History, and a Strong Storyline to Explore Asian Cultures
Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is part of The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. In the game, a criminal mastermind known as the FOX has been stealing important cultural landmarks and objects all across China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Working together, students will learn about Asia and assemble clues from each country to track down this criminal mastermind.
NASA’s HUNCH program 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.
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