Access Videos, Posters and Profiles
Use the 175+ AAAS IF THEN® Ambassador hero videos as a lesson hook or showcase one per week
Use different AAAS IF THEN® Ambassador posters as virtual backgrounds each week
Real World Research
Promote interdisciplinary learning by using assets and AAAS IF THEN® Ambassador profiles as a research resource
A one-stop-shop for educators to leverage IF/THEN® Collection content and partnerships.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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):
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:
Photos, videos, profiles, posters, activity sheets, etc
Geographic location of STEM experts to identify local Ambassador(s)
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
- 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