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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Early Elementary STEM Resources from Cyberchase

The current season of Cyberchase, the Emmy award-winning animated math mystery show, offers a whole new collection of early elementary STEM resources.

In case you’ve missed it, the program features a team of curious kids who use their math and problem solving skills to outsmart the villain Hacker in their quest to save Cyberspace.  Live-action For Real segments explore the show’s math topics in every day Continue reading

Celebrating Professor Hawking

WGBY Intern and UMASS Senior, Jonathan Daly, writes:

This week we lost one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Stephen Hawking passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76. He contributed much to the scientific community through his work on fields such as black holes, the big bang, Hawking radiation.  His contributions have allowed students across the globe to Continue reading

Halloween Resources that Go BUMP in the Night

This video from PBS LearningMedia is just a taste of the PreK-12 Halloween video and lesson plan treats waiting for you — such as making slime, using math to share candy, studying zombie brains, and exploring the concept of fear.

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Professional Learning Opportunity for Science & Social Studies Educators

Climate Conversations:  Cross-Curricular Connections is this Tuesday, October 24, at 7:00pm.  It brings science and social studies educators together to address climate change in their schools.

As well as getting a look into timely classroom materials from PBS LearningMedia, educators will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with PBS Digital Innovators, scientists, and film producers.  Led by Continue reading

Emperor Science Awards for Next Generation Cancer Researchers

This video shows a 2016 PBS LearningMedia and Stand Up To Cancer Emperor Science Award recipient, one of 100 high school students named last year.

PBS recently announced this year’s Emperor Science Awards program, designed to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. Through a unique mentoring program, each student works with a university-level research scientist on a multi-week cancer research project.

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Free Webinar Tonight: Teach Weather & Climate with Digital Media

ttv10_vid_currents_l-resize-710x399You have time to register for tonight’s webinar for grade K-12 educatorsTeach Weather and Climate with Digital Media is about empowering students to make sense of complex topics and to engage with phenomena in ways that otherwise would be too difficult.

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Sesame Street FREE Online Math Course for Early Childhood Educators

As sung by these endearing Sesame Street muppets, “Math is everywhere.”  To make math accessible from an early age, Sesame Street invites all early childhood educators — whether working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child-care setting — to join a free online course, Make Believe with Math. 

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