Discovery Education and Intel Corporation today announced the expansion of Curiosity in the Classroom, a partnership designed to extend learning opportunities found in Discovery Channel’s groundbreaking television series CURIOSITY to teachers and students. With a critical need for free resources to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the expanded website will feature new lesson plans and activities that create STEM connections across various subjects.
CuriosityintheClassroom.com, an interactive, educational tool, contains cutting-edge curriculum examining topics such as artificial intelligence, communications, computers, nanotechnology and robotics. The site provides resources that encourage insightful conversation between educators, students and families.
Building on the website’s robust collection of resources aligned to national education standards for students in grades 6-12, Discovery Education and Intel are adding an increased selection of interactive lesson plans to help boost engagement among today’s digital learners. The updated site now features new topics, integrated into multidisciplinary lesson plans and activities for English/Language Arts and World History to make real world connections to STEM topics, and help students gain essential problem-solving skills.
“Discovery Education is committed to providing educators, students and their families with resources and opportunities to explore the world around them and ignite their natural curiosity,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education vice president. “We are pleased to expand the Curiosity in the Classroom program to include a wider variety of resources to get students excited about STEM and encourage them to pursue STEM-related careers in the future.”
The partnership also features “Catch Me Being Curious,” a national sweepstakes that will award a dream vacation of exploration and discovery. One grand prize winner, to be selected in December 2012, will receive a vacation for four to an exciting U.S. destination, including the Grand Canyon National Park;Boston, MA; San Antonio, TX; or Philadelphia, PA. Entrants also have the chance to win a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, AZ, an Intel Ultrabook laptop computer and Curiosity prize packs.
For more information and to enter the sweepstakes, visit CuriosityintheClassroom.com.
Silvia Gallagher is the Head of Content for AvatarGeneration. Her background is in online learning, virtual worlds, and educational games. In her spare time she likes riding bikes over mountains and playing around with new technology.