IF/THEN® Collection Educator Hub

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Acccess Videos, Posters and Profiles

Weekly Spotlights

Weekly Spotlights

Use the 175+ AAAS IF THEN® Ambassador hero videos as a lesson hook or showcase one per week

Virtual Backgrounds

Virtual Backgrounds

Use different AAAS IF THEN® Ambassador posters as virtual backgrounds each week

Real World Research

Real World Research

Promote interdisciplinary learning by using assets and AAAS IF THEN® Ambassador profiles as a research resource

  • For any educator who wants to use these powerful videos and images for non-commercial educational purposes
  • Resources appropriate for all genders and age groups
  • Can be used by informal and formal educators in both virtual and in-person learning environments

Go Deeper!

A one-stop-shop for educators to leverage IF/THEN® Collection content and partnerships.

CONNECT THE DOTS FROM CLASSROOMS TO CAREERS

CONNECT THE DOTS FROM CLASSROOMS TO CAREERS

Access no-cost, standards-aligned classroom activities and a career portal to broaden awareness of STEM careers.  Powered by IF/THEN® Coalition Member, Discovery Education, the STEM Careers Coalition Careers Portal features AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors and helps to bridge the STEM workforce and inspiration gap


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REPLICATE A STEM PROJECT USING THE IF/THEN® COLLECTION

REPLICATE A STEM PROJECT USING THE IF/THEN® COLLECTION

Last fall, Lyda Hill Philanthropies asked teachers to share their best ideas for engaging their students in STEM through the IF/THEN® Collection. A panel of experts selected the 10 most innovative DonorsChoose IF/THEN® Collection Innovation Challenge projects. Now, YOU can participate by adapting and replicating one of these 10 winning ideas for your class. Visit the DonorsChoose IF/THEN® Collection Project Playlists to learn more about each project and how they can help you bring STEM and the IF/THEN® Collection content into YOUR classroom!


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INVITE WOMEN STEM PROFESSIONALS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM

INVITE WOMEN STEM PROFESSIONALS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM

Connect directly with STEM role models featured in the IF/THEN® Collection through virtual learning sessions, powered by Nepris.


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TRY DIY ACTIVITIES FEATURED ON MISSION UNSTOPPABLE

TRY DIY ACTIVITIES FEATURED ON MISSION UNSTOPPABLE

Watch educational CBS show hosted by Miranda Cosgrove and produced by IF/THEN®Mission Unstoppable, airing nationally on Saturday mornings on CBS.  Find short features on women in STEM and DIY experiments on the Mission Unstoppable YouTube channel or on the IF/THEN Collection.


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EXPLORE STEM CAREER BADGE ACTIVITIES

EXPLORE STEM CAREER BADGE ACTIVITIES

Follow Girl Scouts at Home™ STEM Career Badge activities featuring AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors with careers in STEM that are making a difference for other people, animals and environment.


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GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH FEMALE STEM PROFESSIONALS

GO BEHIND-THE-SCENES WITH FEMALE STEM PROFESSIONALS

Watch GoldieBlox’s Fast Forward Girls series on YouTube. Each episode features a girl meeting two professional women working in STEM who show just how transformative a STEM career can be.  The show highlights an ice cream architect, a slime scientist, an instrument designer and much more.


STAY CURIOUS WITH A VIRTUAL CAMP

STAY CURIOUS WITH A VIRTUAL CAMP

Navigate GoldieBlox’s Curiosity Camp and encourage students to watch STEAM content featuring AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors.  From YouTube programmers and rocket engineers to lizard wranglers, see how they got into these careers and what they do every day. Download activity sheets and DIY projects that you can do at home, and discover puzzles, lesson plans and more.


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GET FREE SCIENTIST-OF-THE-MONTH TOOLKITS

GET FREE SCIENTIST-OF-THE-MONTH TOOLKITS

Each educator kit made available by IF/THEN® Coalition Member, I Am A Scientist, has two parts: (1) Free online resources including an overview of the scientist’s work, career path, and resources for kids who want to learn more. (2) Large, vibrant, physical posters that can be hung on the walls to connect students with scientists and their stories, available for download or purchase. Don’t miss the spark kit featuring AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador and bat conservationist, Dr. Kristin Lear.


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DESIGN A BOARD GAME LIKE A COMPUTER SCIENTIST

DESIGN A BOARD GAME LIKE A COMPUTER SCIENTIST

Get in the Game is an “unplugged” activity–exploring concept usually associated with programming and computer science without the use of a computer.  The Tech Interactive Museum in San Jose presents six activity videos featuring AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador Dr. Siobahn Day Grady where students design their own board games and learn how Dr. Grady applies computational thinking skills as a computer scientist researching autonomous vehicles.  Click to download an Educator Guide and Student Handouts


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PRINT WORKBOOKS TO EXPLORE 5 STEM CAREERS

PRINT WORKBOOKS TO EXPLORE 5 STEM CAREERS

From soil science to coding for wildlife, Eugene Science Center’s Next Gen STEM project offers quick lessons, printable activities, and coloring pages profiling the careers of 5 AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors.  Click to download activities for Soil Scientist, Dr Yamina Presser  |  Science Communicator for a Space Agency, Dana Bolles |  Research Software Engineer, Gracie Ermi  |  Biomedical Engineer, Inventor & Author, Dr. Arlyne Simon  |  Medical Physicist, Dr. Jessica Fagerstrom


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Go beyond core STEM courses and incorporate Collection assets into something much more interdisciplinary! Ideas below align with the three distinct and equally-important dimensions of learning named in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

CROSS-CUTTING CONCEPTS

Ideas and principles that explore the intersection of all four domains of science, namely Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Design

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING PRACTICES

Practices that describe what scientists and engineers do to investigate the natural world and design and build systems. The Practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science, and the range of cognitive, social and physical practices that it requires.

DISCIPLINARY CORE IDEAS (DCIs)

The key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines

In addition, the Collection embodies the 21st Century Learning Innovation and Career Standards.

Bring the Collection into YOUR Curriculum

Suggestions below provided by IF/THEN® Coalition Member, Teach for America. Don't forget - You can keyword search lesson topics and filter assets by:

TYPE

Photos, videos, profiles, posters, activity sheets, etc

LOCATION

Geographic location of STEM experts to identify local Ambassador(s)

DISCIPLINE

From paleontology to sports to astrophysics to cosmetics and beyond

Ideas for integrating Collections assets into your curriculum:

IN-PERSON CLASSROOM SETTING

  • Use a profile video as a lesson hook
  • Profile local AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors whose work is aligned to a particular unit of study
  • Use posters to create a bulletin board
  • Use diverse field shot photos, Ambassador profiles and job descriptions to build a Hall of Fame in celebration of women in STEM during Women’s Month in March (or really any month!)
  • Promote interdisciplinary learning by using assets from the Collection as a primary resource for research
  • For high school student, there may be opportunities to build mentorships with local Ambassadors

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

  • Use a different AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassador poster as a virtual background each week
  • Highlight fun fact videos about Ambassadors weekly to increase the “STEM is cool” effect
  • Leverage field shot photos to engage students in a Notice and Wonder protocol around a particular careers or application of a skill/knowledge mastered during class (i.e. conservation, global climate change, pandemics, etc.)
  • After studying their work, invite Ambassadors to join a synchronous learning session/class
  • Collaborate with students to put together a virtual panel of Ambassadors to discuss issues of diversity and equity with women working in technical fields