National Golf Day is this month. Learn the science, technology, engineering and math of golf through this collection of short original video clips. The video series features both scientists and pro golfers.
Design, analyze, then build STEM applications
Pros: Students are able to engage in an authentic engineering process that builds science knowledge.
Cons: Kids may get lost in the heavy text sections.
Bottom Line: Complete learning modules include simple CAD design simulation tools, a digital competition, and options for hands-on building.
PBS Kids: Plum Landing
Web games, outside adventures offer in-depth tour of Earth’s ecosystems
Pros: Hands-on investigations help kids explore the world around them and build scientific understanding.
Cons: Alignment to the Next Generation of Science Standards leaves a bit to be desired.
Bottom Line: Student-directed investigations and outdoor extension activities elevate Plum Landing beyond just a companion site for the TV show.
Did you ever wonder how music travels from a radio station to a radio receiver? How do the sounds travel through air and buildings and everything else in between you and the station? Celebrate National Radio Day (8/20) by learning all about radio waves.
Check out these useful resources for learning about the important role bees play in pollinating plants, especially those we eat. Includes a downloadable student magazine full of information about bees, an interactive pollination chart, and a quiz.
Free online video library keeps it short and sweet
Pros: Pulls videos from all over the world into a safe, filtered, made-for-education environment.
Cons: Some ads; no helpful video details like publication date, detailed content description, grade level, or standards alignment.
Bottom Line: Quickly search quality videos and create video quizzes to engage students and enhance learning. Can be used for morning journaling
Who doesn't love ice cream? How exactly do we get ice cream? Learn the science and conjure up a sweet treat while you investigate states of matter. Explore how to turn a liquid into a solid by removing heat energy.
I Forgot Day is August 12. Did you ever wonder why don't we use all our brain cells and what do we do with the ones we don't use? Find out from Hannah Iaccarino, a graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and a researcher at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Teacher-geared site outlines steps for innovative science instruction
Pros: "Good Thinking" videos addressing student misconceptions and education best practices are absolute gems; watch and learn.
Cons: Educators with whom the site's vision resonates will still need to do a lot of legwork; concrete details such as samples or time lines are notably missing.
Bottom Line: Use the SSEC's site as a stop on your changing-science-instruction path; just be prepared to reach out to them for constructive details.
From the sudden flash of light, the power of the thunder, and the fear of what it might bring, we have always been fascinated and awed by the phenomenon of lightning during a thunderstorm. Lightning Safety is important. Check out this resource that takes readers through the evolution of lightning detection technology. Learn about Alexander Popov's device that used radio waves, and how that lead to the advanced detection equipment of today. Also see how the images from the new GOES weather satellite's Geostationary Lightning Mapper can help meteorologists map and predict storm paths in the future.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.