Researched-Based, Free Family Science Apps from PEEP Family Science

Peep and the Big Wide World, the Emmy Award-winning series that teaches STEM to an early childhood audience, has an all-new series of free digital apps in Spanish and English—along with extensive supports for educators who work directly with families.

Research shows that media can enhance children’s learning—especially when used with an adult and as a springboard for hands-on exploration. The new  Continue reading

Summer’s Architects

The following post was written in collaboration with Jonathan Daly, WGBY intern and recent UMASS graduate:

One of the great things about summer is how lively nature and wildlife becomes.  There is an abundance of ecosystems that thrive during the summertime, and it seems appropriate to study nature now or after students return to school when videos such as this can bring nature alive.

PBS LearningMedia features a multitude of resources on biology and the study of nature.  Birds: Designers, Engineers, and Builders of Nests features clips from the series NATURE — including video clips such as this one from Nature Nuggets — as well as activities, discussion questions and handouts that correspond with their respective lessons.  This resource will help give students insight into how and why birds create their nests and behave the way they do in the wild.

Be sure to check out this resource on PBS LearningMedia as well as the thousands of other resources that you can search by subject, grade, content area and more.

Teaching the Basics of Engineering

WGBY Intern and recent UMASS graduate, Jonathan Daly, writes:

Engineers play a key role in our society as creators, designing things that we could not do without — from the pencils that students jot down notes with to the computers that mechanical engineers use to design various products.  All have gone through some form of the engineering process.

Design Squad Nation is a useful resource

 

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Still Time to Register for Tonight’s Webinar with Maya Lin

Last November before President Obama left the White House, he honored 21 individuals with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor —  among them, Maya Lin.

Lin captured the nation’s attention and imagination ever since winning the public design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1989 when only 21 and an undergraduate at Yale.  (Her design, controversial at the time, was chosen over 1,441 other submissions.)

Tonight, Explore Biodiversity Through Timelines – Grades 6-12, WGBH, in collaboration with Maya Lin Studio’s “What Is Missing?” Project, gives you the chance to join Lin, Continue reading

An Escape from Nazi Germany Brings Curious George Long Life

Curious George made his debut on PBS KIDS in 2006, but his storied life began 75 years ago.  You may know how George — originally named FiFi — was saved during Germany’s occupation of Paris.  German-born Jews, his creators Hans Augusto and Margret Rey fled the city on bicycles, riding for days before able to board a train.  When stopped en route for questioning, Hans showed his manuscript about the curious monkey to a French official, who was said to have exclaimed with a smile, “Ah! … un livre pour les enfants!”

Today Curious George makes countless children smile.  In addition to the 75 million books sold in more than 16 languages, PBS KIDS’ Curious George is beloved by many.  With a STEM-focused curriculum, many resources like this video clip and lesson plan

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Two August Webinars: Elementary Classroom and Grades 4-12

As you prepare for a new school year, this might be just the time to plan joining one or both of these PBS LearningMedia free webinars:  1) August 24, Engineering and Design Process: Real-World Classroom Resources for grades 4-12  2) August 30, Integrating Digital Content to Explore Real-World Problems in the Elementary Classroom.

The first webinar is an interactive presentation geared towards enhancing students’ understanding of the engineering design process and standards.  In the second you can learn how  Continue reading

What’s the Secret Life of The Wonder Years’ Girl Next Door?

This video of Danica McKellar, formerly The Wonder Years’ Winnie Cooper, has had well over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube this summer.  “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of acclaimed PBS science series, NOVA, profiles today’s leading scientists or engineers and reveals one of their “secrets” or passions.

Danica — who found her true identify not as a Hollywood heartthrob but as an accomplished mathematician — is one of many examples that will engage students and perhaps get them thinking about what makes for a meaningful life.

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Engineering — Saving the World With Cookstoves

Did you know that among its many resources, PBS LearningMedia also offers e-books?  One fascinating example for students is Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves.  This e-book has videos, animations and interactive graphics that reveal the process that engineers used to create a new design for cookstoves in Darfur.

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PreK-12 Summer Resources to Share with Parents

While hardly news to educators, the HuffPost recently reported on a survey from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) confirming that teachers spend a great deal of time reteaching content because of summer learning losses.  Until students attend school throughout the year, resources like This Egg in a Bottle Experiment from Maya, full-time kid from PBS Parents, is one of many summer resources to try and help stem learning loss:

To keep kids learning over the summer, Alabama Public Television (APT) has found PreK-12 resources — for mathematics, reading, science, digital citizenship and more — that you can share with parents.

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