Discovery Education STEMinar – November 2016

STEM is not just about exploring the world around us, but a reason to take action and bring change to the world in a positive way. This month we examine ways you can make an impact on the world and your community through STEM!

STEMtistic of the Month:

Since 1979, during summer, arctic ice decreased by an area the size of Argentina (about 1M square miles). During winter months, arctic ice has decreased by an area twice the size of Texas (about 612,000 square miles).

Why does this matter? Arctic ice has a dramatic effect on the world environment. This could increase the sea level and decrease the sea temperature which can in turn change weather patterns and destroy fish populations. The animals that live in the arctic will also see less land to live and hunt – this could wipe out 2/3 of the worlds Polar Bear population! Check out these two links for more information on the arctic ice changes:

NASA – Time lapse video and graphic showing arctic ice 2016 compared to 1984

Columbia University Earth Institute Article outlining the effects of melting arctic ice worldwide

Download this months November 2016 STEMtistic Image here.

STEM Content Connection:

This month we are going to highlight STEMtastic resources and an experience tied to this theme of the arctic, being an advocate and water; Tundra Connections with Polar Bear International.

This 3-Day Virtual Field Trip (Register Here) to Churchill, Manitoba, just south of the Arctic Circle, allows us to interact and experience the research of scientist working on understanding this part of the world; as well as see a few polar bears up close!

Monday, November 14th – Arctic ABC’s (K-3 focus)

Tuesday, November 15th – Ice Bear’s in your Backyard (4th-8th focus)

Wednesday, November 16th – STEM on the Tundra (All Ages)


PBI/DEN Grolar Bear Challenge (2015):

Take part in this challenge to better understand how bears size up to other creatures, compare grizzly and polar bears, learn about the rare grolar bear, and use your own creativity to help us problem solve. The challenges range from utilizing basic math to high-level creativity. Some questions are designed to have no right answer, but to get students thinking creatively and using their own problem solving skills. Click here for the Grolar Bear Challenge!

Polar Bear International Educator Resources:

Unit and lesson plans about polar bears, water conservation, and environmental research. Dig into videos, articles, simulations, and live feeds! Click here for Polar Bear International Educator Resources.

Polar Bear International has added some incredible podcasts to iTunes for students to interact with at all levels. Click here for Polar Bear International iTunes Podcasts.


Extend Student Learning with Discovery Education Resources:


Discovery Education Collaborative Project – Global Labs – The Great Ice Melt:

If you have Discovery Education Streaming Plus or Techbook, you can now collaborate with classrooms from all over the world! In this collaborative global project, students explore how heat is transferred between objects, how this transfer changes matter, and why it is so important to our lives. Students learn through a hands-on experiment allowing them to explore different conductors and insulators through melting ice. Click here to take part in the Heat Transfer: The Great Ice Melt Challenge.


Discovery Education Content Collection: Polar Bears

STEM Career Challenge:

“You can’t be what you can’t see.”

STEM Career Challenges are developed to engage students in content tied to STEM career pathways often overlooked. Connecting student passions to their individual futures helps capture student interest in learning. STEM Career Challenges have been developed to allow flexibility and customization for each teacher, school, and district based on your own standards and curriculums.

This month, we look to introduce students to the STEM career of a Wildlife/Nature Photographer. Pose the challenge to your students and have them use creativity, communication, collaboration, and problem solving to produce a product that helps tell their story.

Wildlife/Nature Photographer STEM Career Challenge – Click here

We need your help! Submit a STEM Career and Challenge important to your own local community for us to share with the Discovery Community! To submit your idea: STEM Career Submission

Extend Student Learning with Discovery Education Resources:


Join the DE STEM Team live on November 16th, 2016 @ 7:00pm (ET) as we highlight STEM in Action. STEM teacher leaders will share STEM strategies they utilize in their classroom that all educators can replicate to help develop a STEM culture. The DE STEM Team will also be live for “Open Office Hours” to answer questions, share ideas, and continue the conversation around STEM implementation and culture. Register Here



Join the DE STEM Team for our monthly STEM Chat on November 30th, 2016 @ 8:00pm (ET)! We facilitate thoughtful and practical conversation between our guest host and STEMthusiasts from all over the world! This next month we welcome Tech Guru Steve Dembo to debunk the myths around the “T” in STEM! How do I participate in a #DESTEMChat? Click here



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