Helpful and Interesting Resources
Below you'll find links to videos, articles, and various other media that delve into STEM education, nature appreciation, and indigenous advocacy. At the Bottom of the page, you will find a list of nonprofit organizations and their mission statements, with links to their websites for further research.
Fibonacci and Nature
Leonardo Bonacci was one of the most acclaimed mathematicians in Western Europe of the Middle Ages - his seminal work "Liber Abaci" (1202) introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the western world, opening the gates for science to flourish. His work contained a problem - and solution - to a question regarding the growth of a population of rabbits assuming ideal conditions, and from this the west was bequeathed the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21. . . ).
While the entirety of Liber Abaci was a stepping stone for both science and business, when dealing with nature, the Fibonacci sequence takes on a life of its own. As you'll see in the following videos, these numbers develop naturally - both figuratively and literally!
This orgnization creates lesson plans and videos for the story of the animal kingdom - yes that includes us! Their beautiful animations help explore topics that text cannot do on its own, and their lesson plans streamline the process for teachers everywhere to help their students develop an intimate understanding of, and appreciation for, the evolution of the animal kingdom! Below you'll find just a few of their videos, but I encourage you to visit their site!
3D printing is one of the great innovations of the 21st century, bringing the prodution frontier wihtina family's horizon. Making use of free print templates through sites like Thingiverse, Pinshape, and NASA - or purchase designs through a variety of other providers (free and for purchase repositories listed here).
3D scanning and printing is a technology that is being invested in by museums globally as full-form replicas of both organic and inorganic artifacts are presered in the cloud. This makes it easier than ever to learn about many of these artifacts, because now you can print your own model at your house and study it exactly as a researcher would from a mold or cast!
The technology can even be used at home to fashion novel displays and projects. Whether designing a model for a unique sustainability product, or creating a high-school science project sample, the versatility of this technology is limitless. That's the beauty of 3D printing - it's more than just printing stuff out, it's developing the mindset to print out your curiosities!
We 3D print fossil replicas for presentations on evolution, and create displays using recylable filament. With a strong belief in the educational power of this innovative tech, we donate one display to every school we present at, and offer assistance in setting up schools with 3D printing technology, as well as the tools for design.
A wonderful youtube channel started by Henry Reich that delves into various environmental science topics. Reich's animation style pleasantly complements his educational expertise, and with bite-sized videos entertaining to people of all ages, it's no surprise that MinuteEarth has been such a smashing success! Please take a look below at a few of their videos, and consider subscribing to their channel!