Concepts & Creations

Transport students beyond the walls of the classroom and into a Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace where making and doing is a way of life!

Inspire your students to be agents of innovation. Working alongside the experts of the Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace, students will see and experience first-hand how math, science, technology, creativity and teamwork can lead to technological advancements in our everyday lives.

Operation Prevention

Your students may dream of being a pro athlete, a scientist, or of just making good grades. No one dreams of becoming addicted to drugs, but all across America, students’ dreams are being derailed by opioids.

No matter how it begins, recovery from addiction is a struggle. Give middle and high school students the information they need about how addiction can start in Opioids: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science. You will meet:

  • Two retired professional athletes who understand the pressure to play through pain and now focus their efforts on giving alternative pain management options to young athletes.
  • A musician who played at Carnegie Hall before becoming addicted and now supports musicians who are in recovery.
  • Three generations affected by opioid addiction who define the far-reaching impact of this crisis.

Discover the Spider-Verse

Students will meet the producers of the film, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, as well as the movie’s directors, animators and designers to learn all about the art, science, and real-world inspiration behind making the film. Throughout the journey, students will learn how the decisions they make every day can impact their own communities and their world. Students will also be encouraged to embrace the superhero within as various stars of the film, including Shameik Moore as Miles Morales and Jake Johnson as Peter Parker, remind them that “anyone can wear the mask.”

Innovating the Future

Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This behind-the-scenes tour will introduce students to Boeing employees who are preparing to write the next chapter of space history with the launch of the Starliner/CST-100 spacecraft and the deployment of the Space Launch System (SLS).

Virtual Field Trip

Join us as we go behind-the-scenes at the Palo Verde Generating Station, the largest power plant in the United States. Watch now to see how nuclear technologies are helping to develop more environmentally friendly electrical power!

Prepare your students with our standards-aligned companion activities to extend the learning from the Virtual Field Trip to the classroom. Further your students' interest through in-depth conversation and hands-on activity.

Dolphin Research Center

National Law Enforcement Museum

Tested at NASA Ames Research Center (with Simone Giertz!)

Tested recently spent the week at NASA Ames Research Center in silicon valley, the campus where NASA performs research and development into technology and science supporting future satellites, robots, and crewed missions to space. Ariel, Simone, and Norm test pilot the Vertical Motion Simulator that trained Space Shuttle astronauts and visit the awesome 20G centrifuge!


Adam Savage Learns About Smithsonian Exhibits!

Smithsonian Exhibits plans, designs and builds exhibits for many of the Smithsonian museums and offices that create public-facing exhibitions. Adam talks to its director, Susan Ades, about the challenges they face, as well as the artifact that touched her most.

Adam Savage Tours Smithsonian Exhibits' Fabrication Shop

At Smithsonian Exhibits, Adam meets with head of production Chris Emo, touring his shop and learning how he and his team fabricate cases and other items to display artifacts safely at Smithsonian museums! (Adam ALSO gets a look at their dust retrieval system, which looks like it's right out of the film Brazil.)

Adam Savage Meets a Smithsonian Exhibit Developer

At Smithsonian Exhibits, Adam chats with John Powell, one of their exhibit developers and writers, and finds out what it’s like to boil down a great deal of information into a short and accessible experience for EVERYONE.

Adam Savage Explores the 3D Printing and Modelmaking Shop at Smithsonian Exhibits

Smithsonian Exhibits produces replicas, dioramas, mannequins, object mounts and more for many of the Smithsonian museums. Adam talks to Carolyn Thome and Chris Hollshwander, modelmakers who use the very oldest -- and the very newest -- technologies to make artifacts accessible to all.

Adam Savage Tours the Graphics Department at Smithsonian Exhibits

Museum exhibits aren't just about objects; they're about text and pictures too. Adam Savage chats with Evan Keeling, graphics specialist at Smithsonian Exhibits, to learn about how he and his team create 2D elements for exhibitions, which includes some pretty amazing technology!

Adam Savage Meets the Youngest Modelmaker at Smithsonian Exhibits

At Smithsonian Exhibits, Adam meets former intern and current full-time modelmaker Willow Collins, an extraordinary young maker who told us her fascinating backstory. Young makers, you'll want to hear this!