This has been a busy season for Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE education outreach. In early March the National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education was held in San Francisco, CA. This gathering of science teachers from across the nation provided ample opportunities to promote Fuel Our Future Now (FOFN) resources in partnership with Discovery Education.
Conference activities also included a chance to meet the cast of Discovery’s Mythbusters. Science teachers love the Mythbusters for bringing science concepts to life in a fun and often explosive manner.
And in the spirit of making science accessible and fun, we met a true master of the art, Bill Nye, another idol for science teachers. Many of the 3,000+ teachers in the audience grew up watching The Science Guy bring scientific concepts to life.
The NSTA experience included a visit to the CA Academy of Sciences which features a living roof representing the seven hills of San Francisco.
The Computer Using Educators conference in Palm Springs, CA also afforded an opportunity to partner with Discovery Education to promote FOFN resources to this annual gathering of tech savvy teachers, including the Discovery Educators Network of teachers who are super-users of Discoverystreaming. Copies of the complete K-12 FOFN curriculum binder were given to two lucky teachers.
At the San Diego Science Festival, we showcased a model of Edison2’s PIAXP-winning Very Light Car to fascinated expo visitors. This popular event held annually in San Diego’s Petco Park was attended by approximately 20,000 people and provided yet another perfect opportunity to promote the resources available at FOFN.