NASA just awarded nearly $10 million over the next 5 years to WGBH to develop digital media tools and resources to be used in STEM education in an initiative called “Bringing the Universe into America’s Classrooms.”
With the funds, WGBH will be able to piece together various K-12 digital resources using information from NASA and public media content. The finished products, which will be used throughout classrooms across the country free of charge, will feature lesson plans, videos, data visualizations, interactive tools and activities for students to engage with STEM subject matters. PBS LearningMedia will be responsible for distributing the resources out to teachers nationally.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to develop these next-generation science resources for STEM teachers and their students, and to make them widely available through PBS LearningMedia,” Terry Fitzpatrick, vice president of education and children’s media at WGBH, said in a press release.
The WGBH Education team was chosen for the STEM grant by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate among a select number of applicants. Among the subjects upon which WGBH’s content will touch are earth and planetary science, astrophysics and heliophysics.
WGBH won’t be going it alone with these efforts by any means. In addition to NASA and PBS LearningMedia, the Boston media organization will be working with the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University, which will provide initial research to help the team get going on its content and evaluate the materials as they’re produced. Also, WGBH will be collaborating with Harvard University’s WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors program, whose technology transforms a regular computer into a virtual telescope.
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