Governor Cooper has declared April 2020 STEM Education Month in North Carolina! With education going virtual, STEM RTP is celebrating by rounding up some of the most exciting opportunities on the net for students and educators studying STEM! Keep reading to learn all about these incredible opportunities brought to by folks here in North Carolina and from across the US!
Offered by Organizations in the Triangle:
UNCW MarineQuest: QuarinSTEAM!
UNCW MarineQuest is pleased to present QuaranSTEAM with the MarineQuest Team: Water Explorers! Click here for this interactive video full of fun hands-on science experiments the whole family can do at home! Share the results of your water exploration with QuaranSTEAM by tagging MarineQuest UNCW on Facebook, or using the hashtags #MarineQuestWaterExplorers and #UNCWMarineQuest.
UNC-TV At-Home Learning
Each weekday, two blocks of programs on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Channel will serve students from 4th-12th grade with free, curriculum-informed, over-the-air content that is widely accessible to students—especially those with limited or no internet access. Available on the North Carolina Channel, statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online! Click here for complete details and programming schedules.
NC City Nature Challenge
North Carolina is excited to participate in The City Nature Challenge! This is an international competition to see which city can document the most species on April 24-27, 2020. Citizen scientists from across the globe will photograph the species they see and upload their images to iNaturalist (available via app and website). There will be over 150 cities competing in 2020, representing every continent and contributing over a million images to iNaturalist in just 4 days!
Click here to learn more about how to get involved!
Problem Solving with Cisco’s Non-Profit Partners
Cisco has compiled a list of resources provided by a few of their other STEM non-profit partners here, including Science Buddies, Code.org, ST Math and Technofamilies! Science Buddies has activities and videos to help parents teach STEM at home. Code.org targets computer science and hosts a weekly podcast called Code Break for students. ST Math provides math resources and Technovation Families is a hands-on free AI program for students, and communities!
Remote Learning with IBM
IBM has created webinars and classes for high school students, teachers, and parents on their IBM Skills for Students page. Check out their lessons on cybersecurity, design thinking, blockchain, AI learning, professional skills and more! Join millions of other learners across the globe with this awesome resource!
National Math Festival: Engaging Girls in Math Fun
Click here to join mathematicians Dr. Alissa Crans and Dr. Emille Davie Lawrence as they explore facets of girls and math. Learn how your students can apply for a chance to travel to the nation’s capital for the National Math Festival and bring math fun to all ages in April 2021.
Webinar Date: April 8,11:00am – 12:00pm PST
Event contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
From Around the U.S.:
LabXchange with Harvard
Created through Harvard, LabXchange is a powerful learning and sharing online community. Users can view lessons, design experiments, share information and results, and mentor each other on a variety of topics including human health and sustainable development!
STEM Talks: Presented by [email protected]
STEM TALKS by [email protected], an initiative launched by the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, is a podcast devoted to discussing issues related to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, its impact on learning and what actions leaders in education are taking. Tune in to hear about what we can learn from this pandemic and more!
The “Start A Smile” Challenge
The STEMx network, in partnership with Future Engineers, is excited to present a new opportunity for K-12 students! The “Start a Smile” challenge was designed to highlight the creativity of young people. The Challenge is: Invent a way to help someone smile while in isolation.
Entries due: May 1, 2020 | 6:00 PM PST
Submit a photo and short essay (150 words or less) of your solution Click here to see the rules and how to enter!
NASA at Home
NASA has released a bank of material for students to explore at home with NASA at Home! Their new website has dozens of activities, lessons, podcasts, e-books, and virtual tours to engage children and adults alike. Learn how to build backyard rockets, make moon habitats and more with items found at home! Click here to see more!
More places to find virtual resources!
STEM Ecosystems Library
The STEM Ecosystem Library is compiling dozens of resources for parents and educators to access, including webinars, lessons, and activities for students. You can also submit resources to their growing list and request webinars that you’d like to see!
Kenan Fellows Program Resources Page
The Kenan Fellows program has compiled a list of resources for teachers that touches on how to use google classrooms, keeping students engaged during remote learning, professional development and more.
Check back here periodically for updates with more virtual resources and opportunities for educators, students, and parents!
EXPLORE. ENGAGE. EVOLVE.