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ProductFocus * Steven Wyman-Blackburn
A GUIDE TO ONE SEGMENT OF K12 EDUCATION

GETTYIMAGES.COM: ZINKEVYCH

Science instruction
The spread of learning on mobile devices has driven providers to push
science platforms into the cloud. At the same time, the need for handson activities and real-world connections has led to the development of
more advanced robot-building kits and products that allow students to
experiment on microorganisms.
Educators also increasingly connect STEM to other subjects. For
instance, students are learning about scientific concepts by reading fiction.

DISCOVERY EDUCATION
STEM Connect
This online program engages K8 students by
presenting science problems through fictional
stories and by connecting content to current
science careers. It also offers a global lab where
learners from around the world collaborate
and enables students to apply STEM Connect
activities to real-world challenges. Learners
can access the program on laptops, tablets,
smartphones and interactive whiteboards.
DAmag.me/stemconnect

LIVE AND INTERACTIVE VIDEO PROGRAMS
Streamable Learning
Streamable Learning offers approximately 500 live
and interactive STEAM videos each school year.
The recorded programs-hosted by a community
of science centers, zoos, aquariums, museums and
universities-run approximately 30 to 40 minutes
and replay several times. Broadcasts coincide with
Chemistry Day, National Animation Day, National
Moon Day, Rock and Fossil Week, and World Space
Week, among other events.
Streamablelearning.com

MUDWATT: GROW A LIVING FUEL CELL
MudWatt by Magical Microbes
This kit includes 10 renewable power sources
that turn chemical energy into electrical
energy using microorganisms. Students can
maximize the power output of their MudWatt
by experimenting with different types of soil
and food. A MudWatt Explorer App lets learners
measure power and track bacteria growth.
DAmag.me/mudwatt

HMH SCIENCE DIMENSIONS
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
This comprehensive K12 curriculum-which meets
Next Generation Science Standards-includes
two dozen virtual reality field trips to prehistoric
caves, ancient swamps and the launch pad at Cape
Canaveral, among other sites. It has digital and
print content that covers complex concepts such as
genetic inheritance and how forests recover from a
natural disaster.
DAmag.me/dimensions

THE MARTIAN: CLASSROOM EDITION
Penguin Random House Academic Resources
The Martian-written by former programmer
Andy Weir-tells the fictional story of an
astronaut stranded alone on Mars. Teachers
can connect the character's fight for survival
to real scientific procedures, including
calculating how long his food would last and
using chemical processes to create water from
hydrogen and oxygen.
DAmag.me/martian

GRADES 3-5 STREAM MISSIONS PROGRAM
Pitsco Education
Pitsco's cloud-based platform and hands-on
projects pair core science instruction with reading,
art, engineering and math. Each grade level has
15 topics. For example, fourth-graders studying
earth processes conduct experiments with erosion,
watershed runoff and acid rain. Fifth-graders
perform different tests that investigators would use
in a crime lab.
DAmag.me/streammissions

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