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Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, February 20, 2024

By Debra Shapiro

Freebies and Opportunities for Science and STEM Teachers, February 20, 2024

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: Upper-Elementary Through College

New Version of Hyperjumps! Math Game

Experience a universe of numbers and arithmetic in Quanta Magazine's new and improved interactive math game. In Hyperjumps!, players explore exoplanets in an eight-planet solar system. Each planet in the target solar system has been assigned a hyperjump number. Players must input the numbers in a valid order—based on simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—before they can take off. Their mission is to establish hyperjump routes to as many exoplanets as they can in a different solar system each day. 

Learn more about the game at The new version allows players to keep track of their daily scores and statistics.  

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: Middle Level and High School

Youth for the Planet: Taking Climate Action in Your Own Community Curriculum Toolkit

Use this climate action resource kit from World Wildlife Fund to educate youth on climate change and inspire them to take meaningful actions at home and school and in their community. The downloadable kit can be used with students in grades 7–10. It contains a slideshow with a student notes sheet, a creative writing activity, a collaborative English language arts/social studies activity, and a group advocacy project in which students brainstorm, design, and implement a comprehensive climate action campaign for their school or community. A detailed teachers’ guide and student planning sheets for each step of the group project are included. 

Freebies for Science and STEM Teachers: High School

Which Niche? Activity

Use these Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies ecosystem cards to spark high school students to explore their natural environment. The cards describe ecosystems such as a pond, forest, field, and urban park. In the activity, students read ecosystem cards to identify and compare species' niches. Next, students go outdoors to observe wildlife and the various niches they fill, recording their observations on a provided student handout. The handout features a Venn diagram to support students in making their niche comparisons. 

Opportunity for Elementary and Middle Level

Conservation in the Classroom Livestream Event—The Asian Elephant: An Endangered Icon 
On February 22 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, you and your students in grades 4–8 can join World Wildlife Fund’s Nilanga Jayasinghe, Asian species conservation manager, as she discusses an ambitious conservation plan to address threats facing wild elephants in Southeast Asia and China and explains why it’s essential to protect this important species. The event is free, and classes can watch it from the web page or be chosen for a spot on camera. A supplemental material packet is available and contains pre- and post-event exercises.

Opportunities for Middle Level and High School

Toshiba America Foundation Grants

Teachers of grades 6–12 can apply online for a Toshiba America Foundation grant of less than $5,000 to help bring an innovative project into their own classroom. If you have an innovative idea for improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning in your classroom, and if your idea involves project-based learning with measurable outcomes, apply by March 1. Grant decisions will be made by April 15.

Climate and Equity: Summer Institute for Learning and Teaching 

The nonprofit TERC, in partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, invites high school teachers to apply for a one-week, all-expenses-paid intensive institute on Climate and Equity Education on the coast of Maine, July 21–27. During the institute, teachers will discuss equitable pedagogy, hear presentations about the global—and psychological—impacts of climate change, explore climate change impacts firsthand through guided field trips, and have free time to pursue additional topics. In addition, participants will be able to share best practices for learning and teaching, become founders of a national network of colleagues, gain inspiration from conversations with scientists, explore the inequitable impacts of climate change, and enjoy the tranquility of the Maine woods and seashore. Apply by March 4.

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