For Teachers

One of the challenges of teaching science is showing students how STEM professionals really work, what their role in society is, and how our understanding of how the world works changes over time.
On this site you will find activities you can use to teach students science and engineering practices, science content, and math and literacy skills at the same time.

About This Project

Real World Science is part of an effort by The National WWII Museum to use The War That Changed The World to teach how society turns to STEM when it faces big problems. We are committed to helping teachers show students how STEM works, why it is important, and what it takes to succeed in STEM.

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Who can apply to be in the cohort?

Any teacher with 3-10 years of science teaching experience, who expects to be teaching science again next year to 4th-8th graders, can apply for the Real World Science Summer Seminar.

Why apply to be in the cohort?​

You will come to New Orleans to spend a week at The National WWII Museum and in the lab of a partner university. You will learn how to teach science connected to history, with an emphasis on the nature and practice of science, and with extensions in literacy.

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Join to access curriculum. After joining you can also ask to help collect data for the citizen science project.

Classroom Materials

These materials were developed to help students meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for grades 5-8. With some adaptation they can be made to fit into grades just above and below that span. All the activities have a literacy component, with reading and writing tasks, because this is an important part of the NGSS standards, and because STEM careers depend on literacy skills. These activities provide hands-on engagement in science learning, placed in an historical context.

In less than a year the ships under Admiral Halsey’s command were hit by Typhoons Bonnie and Cobra. In the two events he lost more than 800 sailors, 200 airplanes, and damaged several ships. What is a typhoon? What causes a typhoon? How can we find and track them, and prepare for the damage from them? This set of student activities explains what happened in Typhoons Bonnie and Cobra, and how scientists track tropical weather systems. Students conduct hands-on investigations to learn about the physics and weather principles behind the formation and movement of typhoons, cyclones, and hurricanes.

Why is everyone so obsessed with the weather? It’s on the news all the time, but does it really matter? Well the success of the Allies’ invasion on D-Day depended on an accurate weather forecast. The Allies correctly predicted the movement of storms in the English Channel, so that conditions were perfect for the day they chose. Can you read a weather map? Can you tell what will happen tomorrow based on today’s map? This set of activities explains these important historical uses of weather forecasting, and shows how to read weather maps and use them to make forecasts. 

How do you check the weather? Which variables are important? People have been checking the weather for hundreds of years—did the use the same tools we do? Can we compare the weather now to the weather then? Has the weather changed over time? What is the difference between weather and climate? This set of activities has students build their own weather tools, and shows how to find weather data for today and this day many years ago. It also shows how to use the Real World Science citizen science project to collect the data needed to evaluate whether the climate is changing.

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