WGBH News and Media Relations


October 19, 2017

WGBH Launches First Collection of Instructional Modules through its “Bringing the Universe into America’s Classrooms” Initiative, Presented in Collaboration with NASA

WGBH Education Contact:

Denise Olson



BOSTON (October 19, 2017)—WGBH Educational Foundation is excited to announce the premiere release of the first set of interactive K-12 digital resources produced as part of “Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms,” a five-year, $10 million cooperative agreement awarded to WGBH from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). These resources are distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia to over 1.9 million registered educators and their students across the country. The goal of the project is to design, test and disseminate new instructional models and digital media tools that will enable science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning, an area in which WGBH has long been a leader.

“With the launch of these instructional modules, WGBH Education is driving innovation in digital media for science education,” said WGBH STEM Director and project Principal Investigator Rachel Connolly.  “The modules include 70 supplementary curricular resources, containing some of the best content from NASA and WGBH. Meeting this instructional design and production challenge wouldn’t have been possible without bringing together the quality programs and assets with the media and digital production expertise that WGBH can offer.” Future annual content launches will focus on space science, engineering, and technology.

The exciting new Earth science content consists of interactive lessons and modules developed by WGBH in collaboration with NASA, with input from a national group of 50 representative teacher advisors with diverse backgrounds and pedagogical approaches.

The engaging and interactive tools have been designed for diverse learners, and feature innovative media formats that draw upon the unique assets from NASA—including satellite images, and data visualizations—and videos drawn from WGBH’s signature programs such as NOVA and PEEP & the Big Wide World. The module topics range from grades K – 12, and focus on Earth science subjects including weather, climate, land, and water, with supporting materials such as background essays, teaching tips, and student handouts to make them easy to select and use by educators. 

The resources are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, and emphasize student engagement with core ideas and practices, and can be found athttp://pbslearningmedia.org/universe.

With the launch of these Instructional Modules, WGBH takes the next step in advancing its long history of producing digital media for STEM education.

About WGBH:

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including FrontlineNOVAAmerican ExperienceMasterpieceand Antiques Roadshow, as well as lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and a leader in educational multimedia for the classroom, supplying content to PBS LearningMedia. WGBH is a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to those with hearing or visual impairments. More info at www.wgbh.org/.

About PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia, a partnership of PBS and WGBH Educational Foundation, is a free online service delivering research-based, classroom-ready digital learning experiences to engage students in exploring curriculum concepts that align with National Standards. Nationwide, more than 1.9 million teachers and users have registered access to more than 120,000 digital resources available through PBS LearningMedia. More information about PBS LearningMedia is available at www.pbslearningmedia.org or by following PBS LearningMedia on Twitter and Facebook.




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