General Resource Center
Learning about science is not age-restricted. Individuals and students of all ages can learn at their own pace, and ask questions about the topics that interest them. What’s most essential is the desire to learn and explore.
STEM in Scouting… click on the Cool Stuff link for a collection of resources such as links to NASA, Mythbusters and more!
THE NC SMT Education Center page has downloadable files teachers can use in their classrooms. For Elementary School, Middle School and High School, see a variety of coursework files from How Do Things Fly to Building a Model of an Early Type Glider. You’ll see topics including:
- Integrated Math
- Physical Science
- Earth Science
- and Environmental Science!
Follow this link for access to North Carolina SMT Education Center materials: curriculum materials focused on aerospace and aviation. For example, under the High School Science section, see the downloadable lesson plan for Physics of the Jet Engine. The downloadable zipped file includes diagrams, lessons and worksheets.
Improving STEM education is a top priority for North Carolina educators; one effective way to do that is through the Kenan Fellows Program, which gives teachers an opportunity to partner with industry and academia to obtain valuable real-world experience. Watch this video to learn how one high school student benefits.
Though humans have been harnessing water to perform work for thousands of years, the evolution of modern hydropower began in the late 1800’s–coincidentally at the same time that Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla were embroiled in a battle now known as the War of the Currents. Read more.
Drawing from peer-reviewed research in science, cognition, and pedagogy, Good Thinking!, a new original animated series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center and FableVision Studios, distills valuable findings from hard-to-access journal articles to promote effective classroom practices. The short-format, endlessly replayable videos provide a free, durable, on-demand professional development resource for science educators and lifelong learners of all ages.
Some lucky kids know early on the type of work they want to pursue. And for others, there’s CareerOneStop. Its Students and Career Advisors section can help teens:
- assess their passions and abilities
- discover work options that may be right for them
- learn which fields are likely to have job openings
- find the right school or training program
- land an internship, apprenticeship or job
Want more? Check out Kids.gov/Parents and the Kids.gov A-Z list of jobs:
A site dedicated to helping children succeed “with curiosity, creativity, and persistence,” Curiosity Machine provides hands-on engineering design challenges. Through the act of building, they believe kids learn not only how something works, but why. Kids get to try new ideas, learn from mistakes and find solutions. Watch a video introduction to Curiosity Machine.
- Parents: connect to your child’s account and learn how to build together
- Educators: find resources for engineering challenges and track student progress
- Mentors: guide students as they build engineering design challenges
Celebrate the Birth of Aviation!
On December 17,1903 , Orville and Wilbur Wright pioneered the first successful gas powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. This year marks the 112th anniversary of the groundbreaking 12 second flight.
Today, air travel is a part of everyday life and something we can get with the click of a button. Learn more about where it all began and how far we’ve come since.
Teachers, check out these lesson plan ideas:
- View a photo slideshow of the original 1903 Wright Flyer.
- Review a historical timeline of aviation.
- Learn more about the National Park Service’s Wright Brothers National Memorial in North Carolina.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to make the U.S. scientific community more inclusive. And the more ideas, the better.
This week NSF announced its intention to hand out small grants later this year to dozens of institutions to test novel ways of broadening participation in science and engineering. Winners of the 2-year, $300,000 pilot grants will be eligible to compete next year for up to five, $12.5 million awards over 5 years. NSF is calling the program INCLUDES. (The acronym stands for a real jaw-breaker: inclusion across the nation of communities of learners of underrepresented discoverers in engineering and science.) Read More
Why teach coding?
Simply put, coding can change and impact people’s lives.
Getting Better TogetherThe effect technology — as a result of computer code — has on this world is incredible. What used to be thought of as impossible is now made possible. What’s more amazing is that our technological accomplishments always open up new realms of possibilities. Cellphones, for instance, didn’t stop at phone calls — they led to streaming music and eBooks and brain teasing games and the ability to map the night sky. Read More
Addition and subtraction is hard to explain in words, and simply writing out the numbers does little better to illustrate a mathematical concept: it is not visual enough. Students need to be able to see what it means to add and subtract in the real world by manipulating objects. Furthermore, different students learn in different ways and need different mental strategies. Including plenty of variety and number arrangements in your math lessons will give you the best chance to help every child achieve addition and subtraction fluency. Read More
While many industries and fields have wholeheartedly adopted technology, education seems to be one of those areas that just can’t seem to get it quite right. Countless applications, software programs, and devices are focused on enhancing the educational experience. Duolingo and StudyBlue are fine for outside of class work, but successfully bringing technological advancement into the classroom proves to be a more difficult undertaking. Read More
Need STEM games, lessons, handbooks, challenges, and more for your students? Click here to find out about the different resources there are to help you better prepare your students in STEM.
Teaching abstract electronics concepts to students can be challenging. They often become frustrated by their inability to make the connection between theoretical models and real world application. This often drives them to avoid exploration of STEM-related careers, such as electrical engineering, because the subject is perceived as too difficult to learn. Through hands-on projects and digital simulation tools, you can get students excited, engaged and learning. Click here to find out how to get started.
This month, a new administration will take office, bringing with it the appointments of new cabinet members seeking to make marked change to federal programs. The presidential campaign was full of promises to do things differently, remove the status quo and drain the Beltway of insiders.
While this can be concerning, even troubling, to those waiting to see how these differences play out, all of this can potentially lead to a positive shift in how we address education at the federal level.
Tasked with promoting student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness, the U.S. Department of Education serves to provide quality education to one of our most vulnerable constituencies—our children.
Resources to Connect – Invent – Thrive
Advanced manufacturing business resources
Our vision is that the Centralina region is the best place in the world for advanced manufacturers to compete and thrive. Our resources and connections can get you there.
K-12 STEM Projects Funded
Toshiba America Foundation
The Toshiba America Foundation is dedicated to promoting quality science and mathematics education in our nation’s K-12 schools. The Foundation provides grants through the following two initiatives: Grants for Grades K-5 Science of up to $1,000 are provided to teachers in public or private schools to help them bring innovative hands-on projects into their classrooms. The application deadline is October 1, annually. Grants for Grades 6-12 are provided to teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Requests for grants of up to $5,000 may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed quarterly. The annual application deadlines for large grants of $5,000 or more are June 1 and November 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website for details about each of the grant programs.
Sidewalk/Rock Hill, LLC is producing a Bold New Vision for a long-vacant textile factory adjacent to the beautiful campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Located just 20 minutes south of Charlotte, this development team is creating a community that will change the city forever – a project being born of a new economy! The project fosters the quest for Lifelong Learning for all generations, and offers those who want to be a part of innovative technologies a great walkable environment to live, learn, and play.
Known as University Center, this new development stretches from the southern tip of the revitalizing downtown through the textile corridor to Winthrop University – offering a factory of ideas and innovation.
Click here to learn more
Exam Stress and Anxiety
End-of-year exams are coming up, and students may be experiencing more stress and anxiety than usual. Though this is normal, too much stress can have a negative impact on kids’ health. Teach your students how to cope with these tips, including breathing exercises and how to balance their lives during the exam period.
Recognizing Poisonous Plants
Most kids know to be wary of poison ivy, but many may not know how to spot other harmful plants, such as poison oak and poison sumac. Teach them how to identify common poisonous plants, as well as what to do if they were to accidentally come into contact with one of them.
New NASA Exoplanet Exploration Website
Are your students fascinated by the idea of life in other galaxies? NASA recently launched a new site that allows users to virtually explore the imagined surfaces of exoplanets from their own computers. Check out these 360-degree visualizations with your class and see how different life on other planets could be.
PreSchool Resource Center
Preschoolers have a young mind that is remarkably curious and hungry for answers to never-ending questions. Long before they step into the classroom, they possess an innate drive to explore, learn, and shape their environment. Research has suggested that engaging with science or engineering can actually “pique students’ curiosity, capture their interest, and motivate their continued study.” Early experiences with science will influence their interest later on, once they reach the classroom. Parents can play a role in guiding their preschooler on their journey of learning through science experiments and craft projects, and engage their curiosity in a productive and educational way.
Elementary School Resource Center
At the elementary level, students are asking more complex questions and learning how to independently discover answers. Through regular classroom experiments, science fair projects, and school field trips they are actively exploring science and carrying out investigations.
Middle School Resource Center
At the middle school level, students are learning about the many real-world applications of science. Parental support during these crucial developmental years can make a big difference in their child’s decision to pursue a higher education–and eventually a career–in science.
High School Resource Center
Engaging teenagers with science may be a bit more challenging than engaging preschoolers. But parents should consider introducing them to government-sponsored organizations like NASA and JPL that are exploring the fascinating world we live in. To help re-ignite their interest in science, suggest they visit various museums and observatories and encourage them to learn about how these organizations are supporting groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Point to visionaries like Elon Musk who are pushing the limits of what the human mind can achieve. Inspire them to imagine themselves as a scientist, chemist, or physicist who will make the next groundbreaking discovery.