WGBH receives $10 million from NASA for science ed tools

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A STEM learner participates in a photo hunt on Plum Landing, a PBS Kids show for 6- to 9-year-olds that teaches concepts of science, technology, engineering and math. (Photo: PBS)

Over the next five years, WGBH in Boston will get $10 million from NASA to develop new tools for teaching science, technology, engineering and math.

The free digital resources for kindergarten through 12th grade will include videos, interactive projects, data visualizations, lesson plans and student activities. All will contain multimedia content from NASA as well as public television STEM series such as Design Squad, Plum Landing and FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman.

The resources, under the banner of “Bringing the Universe into America’s Classrooms,” will be available through the PBS LearningMedia educators’ portal.

As part of the grant, WGBH also will partner with Harvard University’s WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors program, which uses computers as virtual telescopes to teach STEM lessons.

The Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University will evaluate the effectiveness of the new digital tools.

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