Resources for Educators

SOLAE is dedicated to helping Educators in both the class rooms and libraries.  From our new “From Science Fiction to Education” Educator Grant Program to our annual “The SOLAE Foundation Award for Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact” given at the State Science Day held by The Ohio Academy of Science.  Our sponsored events, Marcon and Celestial Primes’ Feast of the Owl, include panels aimed at Education, Science, and Writing.

Here are some Web Sites to help further Science Fiction and Science Education in the class room.  Our choices include a range of sites including teaching Science Fiction, organizations dedicated to education, and to sites that list available grants.

SOLAE is not responsible for the content of these web sites and in no way claims an association with the management of these organizations.

Scoop.it: Teaching Science Fiction

“Using Science Fiction in the Classroom.” This sites lists and links multiple resources for teaching Science Fiction in the classroom.  From lists of books to course materials, uses for science and literary classes.

http://www.scoop.it/t/teaching-science-fiction

COSI Teachers Resource Fair

Visit COSI’s permanent exhibitions and meet representatives from Ohio organizations that support teachers. This free fair covers all grade levels and assists teachers in teaching educational standards in the classroom. Includes a free film on COSI’s Extreme Screen!

http://www.cosi.org/educators/resource-fair

COSI

Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry – has supported science education since 1964 with pioneering and award-winning programming for teachers and students. A few of the ways we can help you inspire your students are below. Looking for something different? Ask us. We’re here for you.

http://www.cosi.org/educators

AboutSF

AboutSF, founded in 2005, is the educational outreach arm of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction and is a joint-project of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Science Fiction Research Association. Our mission is to encourage librarians, educators, and individuals to promote, teach, read and share Science Fiction, the literature of speculation and change.

http://www.aboutsf.com/main/

http://www.aboutsf.com/main/categories/reader-resources

Red Phoenix Books

Dedicated to education about earth and space science; to teach with stories. This material is not meant to meet national educational standards, but instead to supplement classroom curriculum with interesting approaches to learning that respects a student’s basic intelligence and curiosity.

http://www.redphoenixbooks.com

Baen Books

Baen Books is one of the leaders in science fiction and young adult publishers and Ebook publishing.

http://www.baen.com/default.asp

Baen Books Teaching and Study Guides Catalog

Baen Teacher’s Guides are developed by teachers and education experts for use by teachers in the classroom. The books included in this catalog offer young readers an exciting introduction to the science fiction genre.

http://www.baen.com/ya_guides/Teacher_Guides_Catalog_for_Web_PDF.pdf

Perkins Observatory

The Place for Space!  Part of Ohio Wesleyan University.  Want to know about upcoming astronomical events? How to observe them?  Go to their Educational Materials section for some of their lesson plans.

http://www.perkins-observatory.org/

21st Century Schools

“Teaching Resources from the Science Fiction Museum.”  Resources from the Science Fiction Museum for the class room.

http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/Science_Fiction.htm

The Science Fiction Foundation

The aim of the Science Fiction Foundation is to promote science fiction, and bring together those who read, write, study, teach, research or archive science fiction in Britain and the rest of the world.

http://www.sf-foundation.org/

The Heinlein Society

In 2005, in partnership with Cascadia Con, Science Fiction Museum, and Reading for the Future, the Heinlein Society produced an “Education CD” of materials for educators interested in using Science Fiction to teach their students. The materials involved cover a variety of age groups, and include a significant amount of material specific to the works of Robert A. Heinlein.

http://www.heinleinsociety.org/thseducation/

NASA Explorer School Project

Find exciting and interactive lessons to bring space exploration into your classroom! NASA Explorer Schools takes the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website. NES provides a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in our searchable Lesson Library.

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/index.html

Weather Watch

An interactive weather project.  Exchange weather information across climate zones in this collaboration.  Predict, track, and research global weather by asking questions, gathering, and comparing collected data.  Share your finding with others.

http://www.cyberbee.com/weatherwatch/

eNotes

eNotes is an educational resource used by millions of teachers and students.

We have thousands of literature study guides, lesson plans, literary criticism, and a vibrant community that we invite you to join. “Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature.”  Aliens, time travel, sorcerers, and dragons! The domains of Science Fiction and Fantasy literature are recognizable to many people, but it is the messages and social commentary behind these icons that has captivated readers, and more recently critics, in the past two centuries.

http://www.enotes.com/

http://www.enotes.com/science-fiction

Columbus Zoo School Classroom Outreach Programs

The Zoo offers Innovative, engaging, and educational programs for your classroom with animal ambassadors, interactive programming, and multimedia shows. All programs are based on the Ohio Academic Content Standards and are designed to give your students an exciting and informative window to the wonders of the natural world.

http://www.colszoo.org/the_zoo_to_you/school_classroom/default.aspx

Grant Wrangler

Find grants and awards for teachers and students by grade, subject area, or deadline.

http://www.grantwrangler.com/

Digital Wish

“Join our mission: Put Technology in Schools.  Digital Wish has everything you need to locate funding for classroom technology! Just like a gift registry, you build a wish list of technology products for your classroom. Then you can tell prospective donors how their support will make a difference to your students.”  Works to match educators with grants.  Provides Technology related lesson plans.

http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grants

http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards

Donorschose.org

An online charity connecting you to classrooms in need.  DonorsChoose.org partners with a variety of companies to deliver the resources teachers need for their project requests.

http://www.donorschoose.org/

NEA Foundation

Grants for Education.  At the NEA Foundation, we support new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures.

http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/educators/grant-programs/

Target Field Trip Grants

Learning opportunities extend far beyond the classroom. But schools are finding it more and more difficult to bring students to museums, historical sites and cultural organizations. Field Trip Grants help give children these unique, firsthand learning experiences.

http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-031880

 

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