Teachers, Show Off Your STEM Lesson Flow and You Might Be a Winner!

  • Sep 30, 2015

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There’s a $2,000 Amazon gift card awaiting the educator who creates the best STEM Lesson Flow aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, a wonderful opportunity from our friends at Common Sense Graphite and the Carnegie Foundation.

Even STEAM approaches integrating art are encouraged!

But whether STEM or STEAM, you’ll have to act fast. The deadline for submission is Oct. 19, 2015 at midnight PST.

Ready to take the #STEMchallenge? Visit Common Sense Graphite today.

And to find out about other great opportunities, as well as free educational resources, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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Revving up for STEM

  • Mar 06, 2015

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In September of 2010 the White House helped launch Change the Equation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rallying the business community around STEM education in America. Since then many companies have answered the call, and as a result, the next generation of teachers, techs, engineers and science professionals enjoys a wide variety of free educational resources that didn’t exist previously.

Which brings us to the welcome arrival of NASCAR Acceleration Nation, a new on-line, STEM-based learning platform that’s as much fun as it is educational. Focusing on the aerodynamic principles of Drag, Downforce and Drafting—what NASCAR calls the Three D’s of Speed—downloadable lesson plans are designed for students in grades 5-7, and conform to state and Next Generation Science standards.

On the fun side, the NASCAR Acceleration Nation Experience will bring the platform to life for children and families at racetracks.

“NASCAR Acceleration Nation is about bringing kids closer to our sport in an entertaining and educational way,” says Brent Dewar, Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR. “When you look at the speed and design of our race cars and their performance on the track, NASCAR represents a unique platform to teach math and science. Our goal is to make learning these subjects fun for kids.”

Adds Ann Amstuz-Hayes, SVP Scholastic National Partnerships, “Kids are always inspired by real-life events around them. This program is a great example of how the science behind a sport and can be brought to life for students in way that is both educational, relevant and fun.”

Check out NASCAR Acceleration Nation for yourself.

And to receive information about other great educational resources like this, be sure to bookmark this site and follow DIRECTV Goes to School on Twitter.

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio

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Tell the world about your favorite math teacher and you just might win them a prize!

  • Jul 29, 2014

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Continuing in its commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, DIRECTV recently joined forces with the social action platform TakePart to recognize the contributions of outstanding math teachers. And what better way to find these folks than through those who know their work best, their students.

Thus, any student age 13 or older is invited to tell the world about their favorite math instructor through TakePart’s Teacher Stories contest. Tell them a story about a great math teacher and that person might win free DIRECTV for a year! In addition, your school could win up to $5,000 from DIRECTV Goes to School to spend on math projects and/or a math-related field trip through DonorsChoose.org.

The contest closes on September 19. For more details, visit the Teacher Stories campaign on TakePart.com.

And tell your story!

—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio