In direct response to the need for creative and accessible STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) resources during the pandemic, the Annenberg Foundation’s educational division, Annenberg Learner, joined with Two Bit Circus Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization, to offer STEAM-related activities.
Over 150 hands-on science, arts, and tech projects designed for educators, parents, and children across the country and around the world are now being offered free of charge, during the summer and the next academic school year.
“Education needs a revolution,” said Dr. Leah Hanes, CEO of Two Bit Circus Foundation. “Our current situation is pushing us to find new ways of teaching to engage children and help them take agency over their own learning. We’re excited to have Annenberg Learner, a leader in advancing education, share our hands-on curriculum to their wide range of followers, inspiring the next generation of inventors.”
Two Bit Circus Foundation has been creating innovative STEAM content for over a decade, and has a TVchannel called Twitch, which offers daily hands-on maker sessions for students and parents. The COVID-19 crisis accelerated the collaboration between Annenberg Learner and Two Bit Circus Foundation, both of whom are passionate about providing educational access to students and educators, and sparking a lifelong love for the arts and sciences.
Available projects include:
- Brick Playbook: Run Brick Run, which uses engineering principles to study forces and mass
- Project Playbook: The Egg Drop which enables students to engage with engineering and falling objects
- NASA’s BEST Students: Build a Satellite to Orbit the Moon, which uses the engineering design process to build a satellite that can orbit the moon.
The new STEAM projects are all standards-aligned and come in easily digestible formats for educators, parents, and children to follow using found objects.