Discovery Education and leading social impact partners are offering engaging, no-cost digital learning resources to students, teachers, and families to support National STEM Day observances nationwide. Held annually on November 8th, National STEM Day unites communities in celebrating the importance of teaching science, technology, engineering, and math to students in grades K-12. Discovery Education is the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.
Discovery Education offers educators, students, and families hundreds of no-cost resources tailored to STEM teaching and learning where it takes place. Among the content are resources from educational initiatives created in collaboration with leading social impact partners, such as:
STEM Careers Coalition™ – Afterschool and Post-Secondary Resources
A coalition of industry partners – such as Caterpillar Foundation, ASME, Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Boeing, American Petroleum Institute, Chevron, and Stanley Black & Decker – collaborates with Discovery Education to create a culture of STEM education in K-12 schools nationwide. By empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom and fostering equity and access to quality education, the STEM Careers Coalition™ is building the next generation of solution-seekers. Among the new resources now available to educators, parents, and families are a series of afterschool and post-secondary resources. Created in partnership with industry leaders, these resources further support teachers’ efforts to integrate STEM teaching and learning into instruction with ready-made activities featuring step-by-step educator guides suitable for the classroom, the remote environment, or wherever learning is taking place.
Dig Into Mining – Teacher Resources
Through Dig Into Mining – The Story of Copper, parents and teachers can access dynamic no-cost tools that are aligned to standards and designed to help students develop key STEM, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Students in grades 6-12 will explore how metals such as copper are used in everyday life.
3M Young Scientist Lab – Science at Home
Turn to simple, ready-to-use experiments from the 3M Young Scientist Lab – a program from 3M and Discovery Education to foster a new generation of scientists who are inspired to improve the world with science. Challenge kids to utilize common household items to reinforce core scientific principles. From engineering with marshmallows to chemistry with baking soda, you can help inspire STEM solution seekers geared to change the world while also sharing a laugh.
Girls4Tech – Video Topic Series
Girls4Tech is Mastercard’s signature STEM program for middle and high school girls to inspire and excite girls to pursue STEM. Girls4Tech helps educators bring a fresh new perspective to critical real-world issues in cyber with hands-on interactives and empowering career profiles. The new Video Topic Series takes STEM from theory to practice, exploring issues like cybersecurity in everyday life and the ways that artificial intelligence can be used for social good.
Siemens STEM Day – Classroom Activities
Designed for students in grades K-12, these classroom activities from Siemens STEM Day – a program from Siemens and Discovery Education – bring science, technology, engineering, and math to life inside and outside the classroom. A new selection of 10 activities empowers students to discover key STEM topics like manufacturing, energy, and information technology.
“I love connecting my students to exciting STEM opportunities and activities that help them start thinking like solution seekers,” said Jodi Doster, a Science and Art Teacher in the Bristol Bay Borough School District of Alaska. “With content from Discovery Education and their social impact partners, I know I have access to high-quality and standards-aligned resources curated to their interests and learning styles.”
Discover even more digital resources on the STEM Careers channel in the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform. The STEM Careers channel features content including career profiles, student activations, classroom activities, virtual field trips, and more highlighting a wide range of fascinating STEM careers. Every month, Discovery Education adds hundreds of new resources—from ready-to-use activities to immersive videos and Virtual Field Trips to podcasts and curated channels. Each resource is culturally authentic, reflects the diversity of today’s world, and includes embedded supports, like closed captioning, text-to-speech, and language translations.
“Connecting students to the world around them is the key to unlocking their full potential. As a former classroom teacher, I know first-hand how STEM fosters student engagement by connecting students to the world outside the classroom. In partnership with these organizations, we are helping all educators build learning experiences that engage every student in STEM experiences rooted in the ‘real world’ no matter where their learning takes place,” said Amy Gensemer, Senior Director for K-12 Digital STEM Instruction at Discovery Education.
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The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.