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Boeing create STEM activities to challenge and inspire students

27 January 2017

Activities include educational materials and tutorials that children can use to engineer an airfoil, find alternative energy sources and design their own satellite.

Image courtesy of Boeing

Boeing engineers worked together with Iridescent's Curiosity Machine, PBS Learning Media and the Teaching Channel to create lesson plans, documentaries and hands-on activities that make STEM topics easy to digest. 

All materials and tutorials are available to download for free at Boeing's Educational Resources page. A webinar showcasing the materials is available on the Education Week Website.

"Working with Boeing engineers, who learned exactly what skills need to be fostered to inspire real-world problem-solving, was a unique opportunity. The engineering design challenges we developed together with Boeing have helped us bring science and engineering concepts directly to school children and families in many underserved and underrepresented communities around the world," said Dr. Amy Kim, senior director of Iridescent's Curiosity Machine. "Problem-solving is not limited to the specific math and science formulas, it's about how to apply the engineering design process in hands-on ways that yield many solutions. This collection of content achieves that goal."

The classroom content is appropriate for students K-12 and covers a range of topic areas, including:

• The magic of flight
• STEM teaching tools
• Space exploration
• Designing the future
• How flight took off
• You can build it!
• Engineering in action
• Interactive adventures
• Career runway
• Movies in-flight

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