K-12 & Education

It's a competitive world in which science, technology, mathematics and engineering impact our economy, health, societal well-being and policy. Scientists, engineers and educators provide the ideas and knowledge base for U.S. leadership in science and engineering. Learning how people learn, while also supporting the very best ideas and students are also essential goals in today's changing world.

Origins of bird species

In a landmark study that researched the origins of bird species, evolutionary biologists have made discoveries about the age of birds, and the genomic relationships among modern birds.

NSF Science Now: Episode 29

In this week's episode we discover a new genetic toolkit for achieving increased plant production, explore what our brain is doing when we read, discover ways of making a more reliable prosthesis, and, finally, we learn how researchers are working to better forecast the size of future earthquakes and tsunamis. Check it out!

Last few orbits of a binary black hole merger

This is a physically accurate gravitational lensing visualization of the last few orbits of a binary black hole merger. The camera is above the orbital plane of the merger, looking down.

Why Science: forestry

In this video, University of Florida professor Tim Martin explains his work in the woods.

Why Science? Extension and education

Martha Monroe, a professor and extension specialist at the University of Florida, talks about her career in environmental education and learning about and providing tools for educators to successfully engage and teach students.

The IBM selectric typewriter

Slow motion video shows how the mechanical digital-to-analogue converter of IBM's revolutionary "golf ball" typewriter works

Summer Systematics Institute

The Summer Systematics Institute addresses critical issues such as, world-wide threats to biodiversity, the origins and diversification of life, phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary biology, which have become critical components of undergraduate education.

Kids outsmart grown-ups

Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gadgets work

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

What makes a superhero a superhero? Learn about how some real-life superheroes at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering are using their special powers to save people and make their lives better everyday.