Discovery Education Experience provides content, instructional strategies, and digital tools that support STEM education and the P21 framework.
STEM is more than Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. At Discovery Education, we see STEM as Students and Teachers Energizing Minds. STEM asks students to consider deep, real-world questions and collaborate with others to arrive at meaningful conclusions. Learning through interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary units of study challenges students and helps them develop important and relevant skills needed for evolving and expanding careers in the future.
The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) outlines a framework of student outcomes and support systems which define and illustrate the skills and knowledge needed for students to thrive in the workplace and as citizens. This framework supports STEM education with the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills represented:
- Content Knowledge and 21st Century Themes
- Learning and Innovation Skills (4Cs)
- Information, Media, and Technology Skills
- Life and Career Skills
In addition to the P21 Framework, the Chicago Outlier Study includes attributes of the most successful STEM Schools in America. They identify these six core elements that equate with the STEM schools’ key educational goals:
- Problem-Based Learning
- Rigorous Learning
- School Community and Belonging
- Career, Technology, and Life Skills
- Personalization of Learning
- External Community
Spotlight on Strategies
Our SOS Instructional strategies are research-based strategies which engage students in multimedia resources. Our SOS Top Ten: STEM Thinking Collection include instructional ideas that support STEM thinking by developing skills that help students think critically, communicate, creatively solve problems, and communicate with others. | EXPLORE THE SOS INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES OR GET STARTED WITH OUR TOP 10 SOS FOR STEM (CANADIAN SUBSCRIBERS).
Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration are commonly referred to as the 4Cs. These skills are considered the most important for students to develop to be successful in 21st century careers. Discovery Education Experience offers many opportunities to support students as they develop these crucial learning skills. | EXPLORE THE TOP 10 SOS FOR CREATIVITY (CANADIAN SUBSCRIBERS), CRITICAL THINKING (CANADIAN SUBSCRIBERS), COLLABORATION (CANADIAN SUBSCRIBERS), AND COMMUNICATION (CANADIAN SUBSCRIBERS).
Featured Channels and Resources
Exclusive to Experience partners, the STEM Camp Channel includes resources to make learning sizzle for your students with STEM. These camp sessions include activities, investigations, and opportunities for students to use the 4Cs through fun and innovative remote learning experiences. Campers will explore real world problems that have been defined through the Grand Challenges for Engineering. | EXPLORE THE STEM CAMP CHANNEL.
Learn which educational partners Discovery Education is collaborating with to bring you free lesson plans, interactive resources, and opportunities for real world connections for students. | EXPLORE THE CORPORATE EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS CHANNEL.
Help your students visualize themselves working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math—perhaps as pilots, video game designers, skate park designers, or chemists. People with backgrounds in STEM disciplines work in nearly all industries and for organizations from NASA to movie studios. Meet people who have STEM careers and learn about their fascinating jobs in this STEM Careers Channel.
Students need opportunities to see careers that exist beyond their classrooms and community. Discovery Education STEM Career Challenges engage students in scenario-based learning about STEM career pathways that students might not have considered otherwise. | EXPLORE THE STEM CAREERS CHANNEL.
Take your students beyond the classroom walls and into some of the world's most iconic locations for rich and immersive learning experiences—no permission slips required. Whether your focus is manufacturing, economics, health, civics, environment, and more - the Virtual Field Trips Channel provides immersive learning experiences for your classroom to use year-round. | EXPLORE THE VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS CHANNEL.
In effort to support global awareness as well as the development of civics literacy among students, students can follow emerging stories from around the globe and consider in-depth features on politics, conflicts, sports, the environment, health, technology, and more. Discovery Education offers daily news and current events from Newsy and Reuters News. Weekly episodes of CheddarK-12 Tech and Business News are released each Thursday for middle and high school students. | EXPLORE THE NEWS AND CURRENT EVENTS CHANNEL.
In addition to the previously mentioned channels, our STEM curriculum experts have curated a list of their favorite channels for STEM content. The wide variety to reach students of all ages hooks students into the topic, engages them in their learning, and gives them the opportunity to make relevant, real-world connections. | EXPLORE THE STEM CHANNEL COLLECTION.
Education’s Interactive Atlas allows students to interact with video content about their home country related to culture, government, history, and the natural world. | EXPLORE THE INTERACTIVE ATLAS (Canadian Subscribers).
Discovery Education STEM experts have curated a collection of STEM instructional strategies to engage students in their learning - through the lens of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. | EXPLORE STEM STRATEGIES THAT WORK (Canadian Subscribers).
Searching for Resources
Discovery Education offers content across each of the core knowledge subjects. While specific content can be located through targeted keyword searches, the Browse by Subject search drills down by subjects and sub-topics to locate channels and other resources for each core subject. Search results can be filtered by grade level, media type, and more. | LEARN MORE ABOUT SEARCHING FOR RESOURCES AND CHANNELS.
Discovery Education Studio lets students become content creators by providing a creative outlet for students to communicate evidence of their thinking. Boards and Slideshows can be designed in a variety of ways using text, images, video and more. Students can also include additional original content like videos, images, audio, print text. | LEARN MORE ABOUT STUDIO.
Discovery Education’s Student Center extends the learning environment during- and after-school through teacher-curated content and assignments, and through student-initiated exploration. To support students in using Discovery Education for learning, Discovery Education offers how-to guides in student-friendly language on topics such as researching, studying, and communicating ideas with Discovery Education. Included with each guide is also a Studio Board which can be assigned to students to learn the ins and outs of Discovery Education. | LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE.