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SciGirls, an award-winning PBS KIDS series, website, and national outreach initiative for ages 8-12, is in its 3rd season.  Inspiring girls to science are animated characters Izzie, her best friend Jake, and the SciGirls — bright, curious, real-life scientist mentors.  Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the SciGirls website, a safe social networking environment where girls can play games, connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.

You can also find hundreds of SciGirls’ resources for students (more…)

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I opened my email from LinkedIn Pulse, curious to find out about “The Best Teacher I Ever Had,” and discovered that the “I” was Bill Gates and the teacher was Richard Feinman, a Nobel Laureate and Harvard prof who had captivated me long ago.  Though I was teaching high school language arts and Feinman was a scientist — he who discovered the cause of the space shuttle explosion — I was drawn to his joy and energy as an educator, something Bill Gates discusses here.

We can all learn something from this beloved teacher about (more…)

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PBS KIDS Arthur kicks off Season 19 with all-new episodes and exciting scientific adventures beginning Monday, January 18.  Whether exploring the inner workings of the brain or illustrating the many fun uses of math, these stories of self-discovery tackle a STEM curriculum with Arthur’s enduring empathy and humor.

Children can also explore the world of Arthur with a collection of educational resources aimed at viewers ages four through eight.  Arthur’s goal is to help foster an interest in reading and writing and to encourage positive social skills

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WGBH Education — co-producers of PBS LearningMedia™ — needs input on a free app to assist English language-learners with STEM vocabulary. We’re asking middle and high school STEM teachers about the potential usefulness of such a tool.

Your responses to a brief survey (5-10 minutes) will be used to inform production of educational resources by WGBH Education.  To show our appreciation for your time and thoughtful responses, (more…)

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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

For a second time, Albert Einstein has been the subject of these posts.  As “our pal, Al” on Peg + Cat, he shined light on Hanukkah.  This week, NOVA’s Inside Einstein’s Mind airs on WGBY Wednesday, December 16 — TONIGHT — at 8:00pm.  By retracing Einstein’s experiments in thought, NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity and illuminated the theory of general relativity.

Einstein in the classroom can be a source of inspiration, not only because of his brilliant mind but for his humanity.  You’ll find resources (more…)

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A 27 percent decline in the high school dropout rate shows that more students like these are determined to graduate.  American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.  As an American Graduate station, WGBY focuses on educational outreach that serves cradle to career efforts toward this commitment.

A new report, “Progress is No Accident,” examines policies that have helped drive the dropout decline as well as the work that remains to done.  It was released on the same day that public media’s American Graduate initiative participated in the first-ever White House Summit for Next Generation High Schools.  (more…)

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This video from last year’s Forum on Digital Media for STEM Learning at WGBH in Boston gives you a taste of the fast-paced, highly interactive environment in which educators explore the evolving landscape, products and engagement models surrounding digital media in STEM education. This year’s Forum on Climate Education on Monday, November 9, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m will bring together leaders, researchers, and educators from across the country. 

While tickets are sold out,  you can join the live stream to learn how the stories and science behind the impacts of climate change are being integrated into classroom instruction and STEM education contexts, with a focus on digital media.

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