Science Channel and Discovery Education have announced the launch of SUPPORT OUR SCIENCE (S.O.S.). Through a combination of digital content, customized educator support and professional development, student engagement activities, Science Channel content and hands-on digital tools and resources, this on-going effort is designed to ignite students’ curiosity while providing educators with the means to build skills and knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
In partnership with The Planetary Society, Girls Inc., and Maker Ed, SUPPORT OUR SCIENCE’s first initiative will offer two deserving elementary or middle schools in Houston, Texas, and Atlanta, Ga., areas the opportunity of a lifetime with a comprehensive STEM program for their school communities. Additionally, a third school will be awarded a high-octane STEM assembly through a nationwide sweepstakes that kicks off May 1. Parents, teachers, and community members have an opportunity to enter a school of their choice by submitting an entry via ScienceChannel.com/SupportOurScience.
In collaboration with the Houston Independent School District and Fulton County Schools, Science Channel and Discovery Education will provide one school in each city with a customized STEM education program. Each STEM program will be customized to meet the goals and needs of the schools, and could include:
· Access to thought-provoking, engaging Science Channel programming for use as a learning catalyst for educators and schools to start their own science ‘conversation.’
· Robust professional development provided by Discovery Education experts to support educators’ integration of digital STEM resources into classroom instruction.
· Dynamic, digital resources like Discovery Education Streaming, Discovery Education Science Techbook and recently introduced, Discovery Education Math Techbook.
· Hands-on science activities, like Discovery Education STEM Camp – a dynamic series of standards-aligned curricula that engages students in STEM lessons and which can be used as part of summer camps, after-school STEM programs or wherever support is needed.
· State-of-the-art STEM lab with science and technology resources including computers, tablets, science tools, etc.
· A STEM attitudinal study to measure program impact.
Science Channel continues to provide entertaining programming that highlights the idea that science is everywhere. From the everyday and hypnotic processes of HOW IT’S MADE, to programs that ask the big questions such as THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN. The programming slate focuses on STEM content all the while trying to inspire the next generation of dreamers, doers and disrupters.
Source: Discovery Education, discoveryeducation.com