Celebrate dragons in real life rather than on Game of Thrones on the 16th for Dragon Appreciation Day. Check out National Geographic's coverage of the formidable Komodo Dragon.
January is Houseplant Appreciation month. One plant that is amazing in our houses and in the wild is the orchid. Discover how orchids outwit insects to reproduce and how they have adapted to survive in their environment.
With the holidays coming up how much do you know about your tongue? Well, get on board by learning more about the tongue and sense of taste. Salty, sweet, sour - you couldn't taste any of that without a tongue. Check out the entertaining video, read more and do taste-y activities to explore these sweetest and sourest ideas.
Celebrate the achievements of women in STEM. These stories focus on increasing the awareness of women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical field. This article discusses how research is showing an increase of women working in the science fields. Learn how women are bridging the gap but there is still room for improvement.
Summary: A weekly dose of curiosity for teachers and students alike
Pros: Intriguing and thoughtful podcasts, stories, and lessons help build curiosity.
Cons: There's a lack of support for struggling learners.
Bottom Line: For a weekly rejuvenation of scientific learning, Science Friday is a source of inspiration for both teachers and students.
Title: Defined STEM
Summary: Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
Pros: The performance tasks are extremely thorough, result in student products, and cover key concepts in science and math.
Cons: Individualized student progress tracking and remediation tools are lacking.
Bottom Line: Excellent, well-thought-out resources for developing problem-solving skills in the classroom.
Ever wonder how they develop new anti-cancer drugs? See how teams of doctors, biologists, and chemists work together to discover new drugs to fight cancer and show how they are effective in treating the disease. Students can be assigned careers and work in groups to analyze data obtained during the drug discovery process and determining the most effective inhibitors of cancer cell growth.
Did you know that not all sharks are dangerous? Aid your students with self-discovering the docile nature of the whale shark species. Through numerous videos, a slideshow, photo collections, and an immense collection of researched content, students will learn the true peaceful nature of the endangered whale sharks.
Take a trip on a virtual roller coaster while learning the science behind the highlight of major amusement parks. Students will learn about gravitational potential energy and kinetic energy through a virtual interactive roller coaster. Students will enjoy supplementary videos that will help students travel on on a virtual roller coaster as they experience centripetal force and other physical science topics. Investigate the importance of forces on their lives as while students enjoy this summer at the amusement park.
Time for a virtual trip! Tennessee conservationists, environmentalists, and lovers of elephants can visit the world accredited Elephant Sanctuary, which houses many Asian and African elephants. The Elephant Sanctuary replicates the natural habitats of these creatures, and allows them the opportunity to be kept in herds with other elephants. Since the numbers are dwindling of these animals, facilities like this make an impact on their survival. Check out all about elephants on their special day!
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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.