Boeing, a mission investor and partner with Creating IT Futures, has shared online educational resources to support virtual learning for educators, parents and students staying home due to coronavirus.
“Coronavirus is requiring everyone — parents, educators and students — to rethink what forward momentum in learning looks like when traditional classroom environments aren’t available,” said Charles Eaton, CEO of Creating IT Futures. “We are grateful to partners like Boeing for generously sharing resources that support us in growth and knowledge during a challenging time.”
Boeing’s FUTURE U website includes these ready-to-go STEM activities for teachers and students:
Virtual Field Trip: Innovating the Future. This virtual field trip takes students to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. A behind-the-scenes video tour introduces students to some of the amazing Boeing employees preparing to write the next chapter of space history with the launch of the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft and the deployment of the Space Launch System (SLS). A Pre-Virtual Field Trip Companion Guide introduces students to topics they will encounter during the virtual field trip.
Length: Two 45-minute class periods
Designed for: Grades 6th through 12th
Standards-aligned STEM online lesson plans guide teachers and students as they explore key concepts in aerospace and engineering. Students can contemplate moon tourism, create a landing system for the world’s first crewed Martian-bound spacecraft, learn about NASA’s citizen science projects, or design their own celestial body.
Length: Each activity is designed for three 45-60 minute class periods; lessons can be adapted for individual students
Designed for: Grades 6th through 8th
To learn more about the program and download resources, visit BoeingFUTUREU.com.
In addition to FUTURE U resources, Boeing offers a collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive media, and design challenges at 100 Days of Learning. All of these resources are intended to increase student interest and aptitude for 21st-century skills.
Eaton said, “It’s encouraging to see Boeing and other community-minded corporations providing innovative ways to encourage STEM learning during this time of pandemic.”