Discover the Magic of Twig Science

At Twig we are committed to the NGSS vision of “All students, all standards.” Through our programs, we provide experiences and opportunities to inspire each and every student. 

Elementary School

Twig Science is a complete TK–8 program built for the NGSS, in which students investigate, design, build, and understand phenomena using a blend of hands-on, digital, video, and print resources. 

Find out more about how Twig Science Next Gen can inspire your students in this video…

Transitional Kindergarten

Research shows students decide how they feel about science at an early age, so Twig Science makes sure to get them excited from the very start. Through story-led modules, TK students explore phenomena with hands-on investigations, captivating videos, fun interactives, and songs. 

Find out more!

Middle School

Are you teaching Middle School students? We’ve got your back. In Twig Science, students become immersed in multimedia storylines, embark on virtual field trips, and experience how people from all backgrounds achieve success in STEAM careers. They collaborate with scientists, make sense of phenomena, and solve problems using cutting-edge technology. Get a taste:

If you’d like to find out more about what we can do for you, feel free to get in touch at tssales@twigeducation.com

Holiday Science—5 Festive Facts

The holiday season is just around the corner, so why not surprise your class with some fascinating facts about the holidays? Here are a few of our favorites…

1. How does Santa visit all the children in the world? According to NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command), he would have to travel 317,000,000 miles, at a speed of 1,800 miles per second, visiting 390,000 homes every minute! That’s 6,500 homes every second… 

2. Why does Rudolph’s nose glow red? A Norwegian scientist suggested it might be because of a parasitic or bacterial infection, while scientists at the University of Brighton think Rudolph could have a new adaptive trait: bioluminescence, or the ability to produce light through a chemical reaction, in the same way as some fireflies and deep sea creatures do. 

3. December 21st marks the shortest day of the year—the winter solstice. In fact, the solstice occurs at an exact moment—December 21 at 8:19pm PST—which is when the Sun reaches its farthest southward point in the sky for the year. We in the Northern Hemisphere experience the shortest day and longest night of the year—while those in the Southern Hemisphere are at the height of summer.

4. The world’s tallest “snow person” was a snow woman built by Robin Zinchuk in Bethel, Maine, in 2008. The snow woman was 37 metres (or 122 ft) tall, and 13 million pounds of snow was needed to build her.

5. Astronauts on the International Space Station get a day off on Christmas Day, enjoying a special meal and even opening presents. But because it only takes 92 minutes for the ISS spacecraft to go around the Earth, the astronauts will see 15 Christmas mornings in one day!

At Twig Education, we believe that connecting science to real life and to current events really helps get students engaged. We hope these facts have helped to get you into the holiday mood!

Discover the Magic of Twig Science Next Gen

At Twig we are committed to the NGSS vision of “All students, all standards.” Through our programs, we provide experiences and opportunities to inspire each and every student. 

Elementary School

Twig Science Next Gen is a complete Pre-K–8 program built for the NGSS, in which students investigate, design, build, and understand phenomena using a blend of hands-on, digital, video, and print resources. 

Find out more about how Twig Science Next Gen can inspire your students in this video…

Pre-Kindergarten

Research shows students decide how they feel about science at an early age, so Twig Science Next Gen makes sure to get them excited from the very start. Through story-led modules, Pre-K students explore phenomena with hands-on investigations, captivating videos, fun interactives, and songs. 

Find out more!

Middle School

Are you teaching Middle School students? We’ve got your back. In Twig Science Next Gen, students become immersed in multimedia storylines, embark on virtual field trips, and experience how people from all backgrounds achieve success in STEAM careers. They collaborate with scientists, make sense of phenomena, and solve problems using cutting-edge technology. Get a taste:

If you’d like to find out more about what we can do for you, feel free to get in touch at tssales@twigeducation.com

A bar chart showing the amount of CARES Act Funding unspent across the US as a whole (25%) and in Arkansas (29%), California (25%), Florida (88%), Louisiana (69%), Michigan (92%), Nevada (82%), Oklahoma (95%), and Texas (88%).

CARES Act Funding: Use it or Lose It

A bar chart showing the amount of CARES Act Funding unspent across the US as a whole (25%) and in Arkansas (29%), California (25%), Florida (88%), Louisiana (69%), Michigan (92%), Nevada (82%), Oklahoma (95%), and Texas (88%).

The US Treasury recently announced that the CARES Act funding program will come to a close at the end of the year. After that time, any coronavirus relief money left unspent by states will need to be returned. This means that states—which on average have spent just 25% of their funding to date—are in a position where they must use their remaining CARES Act allocation or lose it. 

The emergency relief fund created by the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided a total of $2 trillion to mitigate the economic and public health consequences of COVID-19. Part of this funding was set aside for K–12 schools to deal with issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic—around $13.2 billion in funding was specifically earmarked for Grades K–12. 

The funding can be put toward a wide range of uses, but a significant purpose of the funding is to target education technology deficits in the wake of the switch to long-term hybrid and/or distance learning. For example: 

  • Managing and coordinating long-term remote learning, including ensuring all students have the resources they need to receive virtual instruction
  • Addressing the needs of at-risk students, including English Learners, students with special needs, ethnic minority students, etc.
  • Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and programs) to facilitate regular, substantive interaction between instructors and students
  • Purchasing assistive technology or adaptive equipment for students with disabilities

Many states have addressed these needs by applying CARES funding to the purchase of solutions for hybrid/distance learning, such as our own comprehensive, cost-effective Twig Distance Learning program. The advantage Twig Distance Learning has over other programs is that it works just as effectively for hybrid, in-person, or remote instruction.

With Twig Coach video lessons, students enjoy the benefit of being able to view science lessons at their convenience—struggling students can even rewatch as needed to solidify their understanding. Hands-on Video Labs allow students to experience complete laboratory activities, remotely, developing skills in observation, gathering and analyzing evidence, and constructing explanations, without needing to have the materials on hand. As a result, the unique Twig Coach and Video Labs features allow teachers to assign lessons for asynchronous learning in which students work independently, but they also integrate seamlessly with in-person sessions to provide a comprehensive, standards-based solution.

Some of the key benefits of Twig Distance Learning for hybrid instruction include:

  • Rich, high-quality videos, visuals, and interactives for genuine engagement away from the classroom
  • Comprehensive coverage of 3-D science standards
  • Cross-curricular applications: Arts, Math, ELA
  • Opportunities to differentiate for ELL, SPED, on-level, and advanced students
  • On-demand sessions with the Twig Coach and Video Labs

To discuss how Twig Distance Learning can help you to make great use of your CARES Act funding before you lose it—or to request a free trial—get in touch today

Topical Science—December 2020

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, and we’re sure everyone is looking forward to having some time off before starting a new year. Before we take a break for the holidays, let’s have a look at what notable days are coming this month. We’ve collated some topical science videos and articles for you to share with your students.

Thursday, December 1

World AIDS Day

Each year, UNESCO and UNAIDS partner for World AIDS Day—a day that aims to raise awareness of how to prevent HIV and AIDS. In this video, find out more about why HIV is such a dangerous virus:

Friday, December 4

World Soil Day

Keeping soil healthy is crucial if we want to protect the world’s ecosystems—and by extension, humanity’s well-being. On this day, why not share these five fascinating soil facts with your students? Read now.

World Wildlife Conservation Day

This annual event aims to raise awareness of how important it is that we preserve and protect the world’s ecosystems. Many species on Earth are threatened. One of these is the kakapo: Learn more.

Thursday, December 10

Nobel Prize Day

Alfred Nobel was a Swedish chemist and engineer, known for the invention of dynamite. In his will, he asked that his fortune be used for a series of prizes. As a result, the Nobel Prizes were established and first awarded in 1901. One of the most interesting winners of the Nobel Prize for physics was awarded in 1978. Find out more:

Friday, December 11

UNICEF founded on this day in 1946

On this day in 1946, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was founded. Since then, UNICEF has provided humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. This year, Twig Education partnered with UNICEF to make science education available to young students in need: Learn more.

International Mountain Day

Did you know that almost half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots are located on mountains? Mountains are very important to the health of the planet. But how are they formed? Learn more about fold mountains:

Thursday, November 17

Wright Brothers Day

This day commemorates the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright, who were the first men to fly a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, back in 1903. To celebrate, why not find out how planes are able to fly?

Friday, December 18

International Migrants Day

This UN observance day celebrates migration as an important contribution to “building a world of peace, prosperity, dignity and opportunity for all” (UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon). On this day, why not find out more about migration? Learn more.

Monday, December 21

Winter Solstice

The days are getting shorter and the nights longer, which means we’re getting closer and closer to the winter solstice—but what exactly is the winter solstice? Find out more.

Friday, December 25

Christmas Day

Christmas might be a fun holiday but unfortunately, the amount of trash we throw away at Christmas increases every year. Thankfully, there are ways to have a greener holiday season! Find out more.

Wednesday, December 30

Earth’s curvature

On this day in 1930 the first picture of the curvature of the Earth was taken. But what’s going on inside the Earth? Find out more about the structure of the Earth:

What Are Vaccines?

A scientist working at our partners Imperial College London explains what vaccines are and what the latest developments mean.

If you have ever had a cold or the flu, it was probably caused by a virus. If you have had a cold sore, it was definitely caused by a virus. Viruses are tiny particles that can enter our bodies and make us ill. Some viruses are more harmful than others. It is hard to avoid them. We can breathe some viruses in without even realising it.

Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria that make us ill, but they don’t affect viruses. But vaccines can stop us getting ill from a virus. We take a vaccine – or get vaccinated – by swallowing medicine or having an injection. Vaccines are like Superman’s Kryptonite for viruses – the best thing to defeat them! 

Scientists spend years working on vaccines to prevent viruses from infecting us. The first-ever vaccine was for a disease called smallpox. This disease killed 30% of people who caught it. The smallpox vaccine was developed over 220 years ago by English scientist Edward Jenner. Thanks to the vaccine, smallpox was wiped from the face of the Earth. Nobody will ever catch the disease again! Scientists think ancient Egyptians suffered from smallpox, over 2,300 years ago. It can take a long time and a lot of work to find a vaccine.

Currently, a virus called SARS-CoV-2 is causing illness and death around the world. This virus comes from a family of viruses called coronaviruses. You can say that SARS-CoV-2 is a type, or strain, of coronavirus. If this virus enters your body, it causes a disease called COVID-19.

Many scientists all over the world, including those at Imperial College London, are working hard to find a vaccine that stops COVID-19, and recently this hard work produced some great news. Scientists from two companies, Pfizer and BioNTech, have put their heads together and it looks like they might found a vaccine – they say that their vaccine is 90% effective. Another company, Moderna, has discovered a vaccine that they say is almost 95% effective. This means that if 100 people caught the virus, 95 of them would not get ill. And other companies and universities are trialling a number of vaccines right now.

This exciting news means the world might soon be able to go back more or less to how things were previously. Watch this space for more updates! We hope to have some more exciting news from the hardworking and dedicated scientists at Imperial soon!