WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms (BUAC) initiative is designing, developing and producing dynamic instructional multi-media content for distribution to millions of educators and students across the U.S. via PBS LearningMedia, a free online K-12 digital media library. Resources include images, data visualizations, and videos drawn from NASA agencies as well as WGBH’s signature programs like NOVA and PEEP & the Big Wide World, to provide K-12 STEM teachers with high-quality digital resources for teaching topics in Earth and Space science. Resources have been designed to be accessible for diverse leaners and include support materials such as background essays, teaching tips, and student handouts, for easy curricular integration. Lesson Plans have been developed to address the content and practices of the new K-12 Framework for Science Education (NRC, 2012).
Through extensive evaluation efforts, as well as ongoing testing of resources by 50 K-12 STEM Teacher Advisors who are working with hundreds of students across the U.S., WGBH aims to establish successful strategies and best practices for the use of digital media in STEM instruction. These strategies and practices will be documented and shared with other NASA SMD collaborators.
Project Principal Investigator, Director of STEM Education, WGBH and PBS LearningMedia