Discovery Education and select social impact partners are offering engaging, high-quality digital learning resources to students and teachers to support observances of National STEM Day. 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 wherever it takes place. Among the resources created in collaboration with leading social impact partners now available to support observances of National STEM Day are:
Engaging Classroom Activities
Integrate STEM into instruction with activities from the STEM Careers Coalition™ – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by corporate and non-profit leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education. These activities span a broad range of STEM topics and feature important skills, as well as step-by-step guides for implementing activities in your classroom.
The STEM Careers Coalition is celebrating its third-year anniversary with new resources from partners, including AstraZeneca, Boeing, Keysight Technologies, IF/THEN (an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies), Nevada Gold Mines, Procter & Gamble, and Stanley Black & Decker. To date, the STEM Careers Coalition has reached more than 5.7 million students in its mission to build the next generation of diverse STEM solution-seekers. The partners of the STEM Careers Coalition share a common goal of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom with an intentional focus on racial and gender equity. Representing a range of industry sectors, the STEM Careers Coalition seeks to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success. In 2022, the Coalition welcomed new members such as Cox Enterprises, Nevada Gold Mines, and PepsiCo Foundation. View the complete list of STEM Career Coalition partners here.
“The PepsiCo Foundation is proud to be a Signature Partner in the STEM Careers Coalition. This partnership helps us continue our mission to ensure equitable access to economic opportunities. All children should have access to the endless career opportunities a STEM education can open up, and this partnership helps close the gap for under-resourced school districts,” said C.D. Glin, President of PepsiCo Foundation.
Immersive Interactive Field Trips
Each immersive virtual experience features accompanying educator resources and student activities that make it easy for teachers to incorporate these events into the learning experiences they design and deliver daily. Learn more and register for the new virtual field trips and find more resources here.
- Haul! Learning Experience with Freeport-McMoRan
This cutting-edge learning experience is designed to give students the opportunity to discover how copper ore makes its way into items that power our day. Created from Dig Into Mining – The Story of Copper, an educational program with Freeport-McMoRan that uncovers the use of metals such as copper in our everyday life, Haul! challenges students to navigate their way through a 3D copper mine to earn their Haul Truck Operator’s Scorecard, while learning how STEM is used in this larger-than-life operation. This is suitable for students in grades 6-12 and is available here.
- The Future is Now Virtual Field Trip with Edge at Hudson Yards
Take students on a virtual adventure into New York City’s newest and most forward-thinking neighborhood to explore new horizons in community building and a behind-the-scenes look at the amazing architecture and engineering innovations at Edge, the highest outdoor skydeck in the Western Hemisphere. Reach for the Sky, a new initiative from Edge at Hudson Yards and Discovery Education, catalyzes hands-on, experiential teaching and learning by giving classrooms nationwide a virtual pass to the neighborhood of the future. This virtual field trip is appropriate for students in grades 4-12 and is available here.
- Testing the Limits Virtual Field Trip with Boeing
Students travel to a variety of Boeing test centers around the United States where they will meet and interact with Boeing’s test and evaluation engineers and witness the novel ways these experts test the limits of aerospace to ensure quality, reliability, safety, and performance. Created in partnership with Boeing and Discovery Education, FUTURE U provides educators with the no-cost tools they need to inspire their students. This virtual field trip is suitable for students in grades 6-12 and is available here.
Captivating At-Home Science Lessons
3M’s Science at Home video series is a collection of simple, watch-then-do science experiments that feature 3M scientists and special guests using common household items to reinforce core scientific principles and make STEM learning more accessible. Through these at home activities, STEM solution seekers can experience scientific phenomenon through creative and fun projects that range from engineering with marshmallows, to chemistry with baking soda.
Easy-to-Use Grab & Go Mini Video Lessons
Meet the women keeping the world safe online in the three-part video topic series from Girls4Tech. Girls4Tech is a flagship program from Mastercard supported by Discovery Education. Each topic video introduces students to the cybersecurity professionals working in a quickly evolving STEM field and provides educators accompanying classroom activities and educator guides.
These curated resources and more are available within Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform. Connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standard-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources, Discovery Education provides educators an enhanced learning platform that facilitates engaging, daily instruction.
“National STEM Day is an opportunity for all communities to rally around STEM and empowers students to be solution seekers and changemakers to change the world for the better,” said Jackie Smalls, Vice President of Social Impact Coalitions at Discovery Education. “We are committed to providing educators engaging digital resources that inspire students to explore STEM and potential careers.”
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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.