So, it’s nearing that time again… The summer is coming to an end and our students/teachers are headed back to school soon. Because we didn’t want to leave your STEM needs unfulfilled next school year, we wanted to take this time to introduce you to the new(ish) STEM Advocacy section on STEM-Works. Those of you who are unfamiliar with this feature will find all sorts of information that you can apply to your classes, and those of you who are familiar with it know how great of a resource it can be!
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In order to engage kids in STEM pursuits, it is often helpful to have lesson plans or curriculum geared toward improving inquiry skills or highlighting specific STEM content. This section provides exactly that type of resource. In addition to the Activities section on the websites, the Lesson Plans section provides educators and advocates with background information on activities and provides the framework for the content and skills promoted through the activity. Examples of the lesson plans included on our website include middle school ocean-related Scientific Naming Conventions Curriculum, a K-3 All About Energy lesson module, and a 4-8 Balloon Aeronautics lesson, among many others.
The Publications section includes a variety of different scholarly works as well as magazines and newsletters with information related to STEM. A few of these scholarly works include the Rising against the Gathering Storm reports and the 2012 report released by the US Department of Commerce. This section also includes magazines, journals, newsletter and articles geared towards adults and relating to STEM. Examples of these types of publications available on STEM-Works include Science News: Magazine of the Society for Science and the Public as well as the National Geographic Newsletter. Finally, this section also includes magazines and newsletters geared toward kids and families. Two of these newsletters included on the site are Science News for Kids and Neuroscience for Kids Newsletter.
Virtual Field Trips
Following an email request we received from one of our website users who lives in a rural area, we decided to find a way to introduce kids who may not have the means or opportunity to travel to major cities to take virtual field trips. These virtual field trips are all virtual experiences that classes, families or individual students can investigate without ever leaving their homes or classrooms. All of these experiences are free and offer students and advocates the opportunity to experience something that may have previously been out of their reach. Now you can afford to virtually take your students to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Grand Canyon, and even the International Space Station!
We hope that the STEM Advocacy section will be helpful to you as you gear up for the upcoming school year. And, as always, we are open to suggestions for cool pieces of content that you think should be featured on our website! Also, if you follow us on Twitter, watch for the hashtags #VirtualFieldTrip and #LessonPlan as we keep you apprised of our exciting content in these areas.
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