Ever wanted to take a virtual tour of the ocean, learn about the role of a hurricane hunter, be a part of a superhero “Measurement League, or collect cards on famous inventors? Are you looking to educate your students about the importance of being counted in the Decennial Census?
Kids across the country are still being taught virtually and teachers and parents are looking for educational resources to help kids stay connected and continue to learn.
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we celebrate the impact teachers have on our kids including all the teachers who have worked tirelessly with students and families over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. To continue to support out teachers, we have put together a list of valuable online resources Commerce Department agencies offer to educate K-12 students on topics such as our Nation’s economy, our oceans, weather forecasts, notable inventions, and the importance of Census data to their everyday lives. These educational resources come from important Commerce Department agencies including the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Find below a list of these educational resources for teachers, parents, and elementary, middle, and high school students. The links below include interactive lessons, hands-on home activities, colorful maps, entertaining videos, virtual tours, tutorials, and mobile apps.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Just to name a few, students can learn about the weather, the Earth, space, sea life, the role of a hurricane hunter in forecasting hurricanes, and take a virtual tour of the ocean. And, specifically for Teacher Appreciation Week, NOAA compiled a series of videos thanking teachers for all they do to inspire the future generation of marine biologists, meteorologists, climate researchers and so much more.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Kids can learn about the metric system, timekeeping and even how speed and spin affects the curve ball in baseball. They also can learn more about the importance of measurement in everyday life through our animated series featuring NIST’s Measurement Superhero League of metrics superheroes. And if your kid has a question about science? They can ask it of our scientists, and we just may answer it in an upcoming “Kids Ask NIST” video series.
More here: https://www.nist.gov/kids
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO offers resources for kids, teens, parents, and teachers. Kids can build their own inventions, collect famous inventor cards and Girl Scouts can earn their Intellectual Property (IP) Patch. Learn about inventions, famous patent holders, stories of inventors and entrepreneurs whose work has made a positive impact on the world including the invention of the modern dishwasher, an invention by an NFL football player to combat concussions and traumatic brain injuries, and an invention to improve the well-being of people with mobility impairments.
- National Inventors Hall of Fame: In partnership with the USPTO, the prestigious National Inventors Hall of Fame provides hands-on STEM and invention education programs to schools and homes nationwide for students of all ages. Featuring world-changing inventors, the programs help students learn creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork. Explore their range of programming here: https://www.invent.org/programs
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