Nation’s Highest Honors for STEM Teachers

For more than 35 years, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have rewarded and inspired teachers across the country. PAEMST, which have honored more than 5,000 teachers, are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. Nominate a teacher or apply today at

November 16, 2020
Funding & Recognition
Award Recognizing Excellence in Engineering Science Education

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Northrup Grumman Foundation annually present the Excellence in Engineering Education Award to recognize the importance of integrating high-quality engineering instruction into science classrooms and the critical need to make students proficient in practices used by engineers in the field.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
American Indian Perspective on the “First Thanksgiving”

Each November educators across the country teach their students about the First Thanksgiving, a quintessentially American holiday. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian has designed a poster to encourage teaching about Thanksgiving in a new way—one that recognizes the country’s original people.

Literacy Resources
5 Must-Have Resources for Teaching in the COVID-19 Era

Learn techniques that you can use right away—online, in person, hybrid—to help all students break down a wall of words and understand texts, themselves, and the world. Teachers and students love the Folger Method! Students at all levels own their learning and find success in the adventure of reading. To help all your students feel confident with complex texts, Folger Shakespeare Library has compiled these essential resources.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Virtual-Reality Journey with Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Since Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland debuted in 1865, the fantastical tale of a girl who falls down a rabbit hole and ends up in an alternative universe has inspired countless retellings. From rabbit holes to mirrors, flamingoes to hedgehogs, Wonderland is the perfect world for virtual reality
Mobile Learning
AR App Highlighting Women’s Impact in STEM Fields

Reach Across the Stars, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS and Android, by the Smithsonian Institution, introduces students to female luminaries in the fields of astrophysics, chemistry, and more.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Inclusive Digital Learning Platform to Optimize Student Success

Coursera cofounder Daphne Koller has designed a Zoom alternative called Engageli, a platform tailored to education that enables students to work in intimate group settings in virtual classrooms.
Funding & Recognition
Competition Engaging Students in Audio Storytelling

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge, which has drawn more than 35,000 students around the country into the world of audio storytelling, is back for its third year. Students in grades 5–12 can participate in the 2021 challenge by creating a three- to eight-minute podcast about a topic they want to explore.
Funding & Recognition
Virtual Robotics Competition Developing Computational Thinking Skills

Wonder Workshop is sponsoring the Wonder League Robotics Competition, a free global, virtual competition for students aged 6–14. The competition is intended to help students develop computational thinking, problem solving, and creativity by learning to code.
Calendar to Celebrate Diversity in STEM Year-round

First Book, in partnership with the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), has created the 2020–2021 Diversity in STEM Calendar, a free tool designed to help educators bring amazing moments of innovation to life and showcase the incredible contributions of diverse STEM pioneers with children across the country.

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Digital Learning • Learning Support
Nation of Writers Podcast Series

The American Writers Museum is developing a new monthly podcast series that explores the museum’s growing Nation of Writers. Listeners will hear experts around the country talk about significant American voices that have shaped this nation with their words.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Voice-Activated Museum Devoted to Words

Planet Word is an immersive museum in Washington, DC, devoted to words, reading, and language: the way we learn, use, and manipulate the words and grammar that define us.
Professional Growth
Framework for Teaching the Historical Significance of Slavery in America

Teaching Tolerance has developed Teaching Hard History, a comprehensive guide for teaching and learning at all grade levels about the role slavery played in the development of the United States and how its legacies still influence us today.
Digital Learning • Learning Support
Instant Formative Assessment Tool Activating the Whole Class

free online whiteboard tool called provides classroom teachers with live feedback and immediate overview of their students’ learning. After creating a virtual class space on, teachers invite their students to join.
Mobile Learning
Game Using Music, History, and a Strong Storyline to Explore Asian Cultures

Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is part of The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. In the game, a criminal mastermind known as the FOX has been stealing important cultural landmarks and objects all across China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Working together, students will learn about Asia and assemble clues from each country to track down this criminal mastermind.
NASA Program Encouraging STEM Involvement

NASA’s HUNCH program empowers and inspires high school students through project-based learning. Students who participate in the program learn twenty-first century skills and have the opportunity to launch their careers through participation in the design and fabrication of real-world-valued products for NASA.


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