Education in science and mathematics should develop the natural intellectual curiosity and creativity of young people. Creative and experimental approaches will be particularly important for keeping students interested and engaged in science, and for equipping them well for the future, whether or not they pursue a career in science. To support this activity in primary schools, Brian Cox, the Society’s Professor for Public Engagement in Science, presents a series of video resources to increase teachers’ confidence with experimental science and relate the experiments to the real world.
The resources support six experiments across the primary science curriculum, and each written resource is supported by four videos:
Set up video: this video explains what has to be prepared for the experiment in advance and what health and safety concerns should be considered for a risk assessment. This is for teachers to view in advance of running the experiment.
Experiment video: this video shows the experiment taking place, gives examples of common areas where students make mistakes and outlines how to address these. This for teachers to view in advance of running the experiment.
Real life video: this video gives an example of a real life context where the experiment topic is relevant, allowing students to understand how the activity they have done is important. This is for teachers to show as part of the class activities.
Research video: this video gives an example of current research in an area related to the topic of the experiment, allowing students to see what scientists look like and understand what kind of areas they could investigate if they continue in science. This is for teachers to show as part of the class activities.
This website is designed to help educators understand climate and weather concepts and to be able to incorporate the learning material from this site into their course curriculum using examples as aids for learning. It is also useful for anyone else who wants a basic understanding of weather and climate, especially in the southeastern United States.
Science comes alive in HHMI BioInteractive short films. From seeing the first microbes to uncovering fossil evidence of human evolution, make science exciting for your students through these stories of discovery!
Made for the classroom, HHMI BioInteractive videos and short films are key supplements to lesson plans at all levels. From biology to genetics to environmental science, these videos bring todayâ€™s latest findings from the top scientists in their fields.
NOVA Education Webinars for teachers.
Online web panel that discussed challenges and approaches to teaching climate change science in the classroom. Led by passionate educators who are committed to best practices in climate education, this discussion highlighted innovative strategies for bringing climate data into the classroom, ideas for integrating climate science into existing curricula, and best-in-class resources for teaching climate change. Panelists shared upcoming opportunities for educators to participate in field-based climate research around the world.
Exploreâ€™s growing library consists of more than 250 original films and 30,000 photographs from around the world. We showcase our work at film festivals, on over 100 public broadcast and cable channels, and on numerous online destinations including explore.org, Snag Films, Hulu and TakePart.
â€œAt explore we are archivists,â€ explains founder Charles Annenberg Weingarten. â€œWe strive to create films that allow the viewer to join us on our journey as we go on location and experience what unfolds. Itâ€™s like the viewers are traveling with the team.â€
explore features a wide range of topicsâ€”from animal rights, health and human services, and poverty to the environment, education, and spirituality. Delivered in short, digestible bites, explore films appeal to viewers of all ages, from children learning about other cultures for the first time to adults looking for a fresh perspective on the world around them.
explore films include: a woman in Mumbai who has dedicated her life to rescuing young women from prostitution, a priest in Los Angeles who helps gang members reintegrate into society, a project to protect wild mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and an environmental university in Costa Rica that focuses on sustainable development.
Individuals and organizations featured in many explore films also receive explore funding in the form of Annenberg Foundation grants. To date, over $15 million has been awarded to more than 100 non-profit organizations worldwide.
explore.org, the online portal for explore, is a community destination where people share thoughts, engage in dialogue, view and email films and photographs, and embed their favorites on blogs and social networking sites.
Never stop learningâ„¢. Come explore.
Thereâ€™s a chemical change under way in our oceans. It’s called ocean acidification. As the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it’s becoming more acidicâ€”eroding the shells of marine life like oysters, clams, and urchins, which are vital to the food web.
Scientists predict that ocean acidification could wipe out most coral reefs by the middle of this century, and itâ€™s affecting other animals, too. The good news is that, if we reverse course, the ocean should regain its chemical balance. If not, well, the truth will be a lot scarier than fiction.
Nationally syndicated cartoonist Jim Toomey, creator of Sherman’s Lagoon, has joined forces with The Pew Charitable Trusts to illustrate “ocean acidification” and other terms associated with our oceans.
Climate Central surveys and conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. Our scientists publish and our journalists report on climate science, energy, sea level rise, wildfires, drought, and related topics.
Al Gore has three questions about climate change and our future.
First: Do we have to change? Each day, global-warming pollution traps as much heat energy as would be released by 400,000 Hiroshima-class atomic bombs. This trapped heat is leading to stronger storms and more extreme floods, he says: “Every night on the TV news now is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.”
Second question: Can we change? We’ve already started. So then, the big question: Will we change? In this challenging, inspiring talk, Gore says yes. “When any great moral challenge is ultimately resolved into a binary choice between what is right and what is wrong, the outcome is foreordained because of who we are as human beings,” he says. “That is why we’re going to win this.”
Fermilab is committed to developing the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce and stimulating science literacy. Laboratory programs serve students at all levels from prekindergarten to graduate school.
Fermilab’s Education Office supports programming for educators, families, young people and the general public. Our programs provide avenues for technical staff to engage these audiences with Fermilab’s science and technology. Themes include scientific discovery, practical applications, and scientific and engineering practices. Because the next generation STEM workforce is in school today, educator programs must strengthen teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our programs are a catalyst for change and a resource to schools and districts nationwide.
The Fermilab Education Office provides programming based on:
Audience interests and needs.
Laboratory resources: staff, facilities, experimental data and areas of expertise.
National, state and local initiatives and standards.
Educational research and best practice.
Cutting-edge ideas in science, education and teacher development.
By providing educational opportunities for all, our programs:
Promote a life-long interest in science.
Raise science literacy.
Encourage young people to consider careers in science.