Looking for ways to bring more science and STEM-related activities into your classroom? Countries all over the globe are celebrating science through local festivals, programs, and events. You don’t need a passport, however, to find out what they’re doing. Much of the information is right at your fingertips.
Bring a little culture to your classroom by allowing your students to experience science all around the world:
The U.S.A. Science and Engineering Festival is the only nationwide science festival in the U.S. A year-long experience that culminates with an event in the nation’s capital, it promotes science through nationwide contests and school programs. The purpose is to advance STEM education and inspire future scientists and engineers. With over 3,000 hands-on science and engineering activities, it showcases some of the biggest names in STEM, and best of all, it’s free. Can’t make it? Check out the traveling festivals across America to see if they can come to your town.
Australian Science Week, held annually each August, aims to promote science literacy with more than 1,000 events across the nation. Funded through the the Departments of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research, and Tertiary Education, it encourages younger students to continue science studies. Their website includes resources for the classroom, like ideas for running a school event, graphics to download, and templates for posters. Through an “Event Diary,” educators can look up events coming to their area.
India National Science Day is celebrated throughout India each year to commemorate science’s impact on peoples’ lives. Schools and colleges throughout the country showcase their latest science work, and institutions demonstrate their latest research. Various media outlets popularize science through talk shows, lectures, quiz competitions, and debates.
The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) strives to advance public awareness of STEM in South Africa. National Science Week and World Space Week are programs offered across the country. FameLab, Young Science Communicators, and AstroQuiz are just a few of the competitions you can bring to your classroom.
The Norwegian National Science Week, or “Forskningsdagene” is a yearly event in Norway to make science research accessible to the public. “Stand-up scientist” performances, discussions, and exhibits highlight this nationwide event.
Canada celebrates “Science Oddessey: Ten Days of Discovery and Innovation” in May, an event tailored to enthuse students of all ages. Science links, news and resources can be found here:
British Science Week occurs across the UK during a 10-day event that spotlights STEM through teachers, science communicators, and the public. Schools, community groups, and even parents can organize a free activity, and the British Science Association will help to support it.
Science Week in Ireland consists of over 800 events across Ireland that celebrate science. Their website includes activities, games, and resources for your classroom. The goal is to make science more interesting and accessible to children, and apply it to our every day lives.
Last but not least, the National Science Foundation provides a list of web lessons and resources for teachers, students, and families.
Bring a little international flair to your classroom, and let your students discover new ways to examine science!
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