How will you invest in your learning this year?  We’ve chosen these shared materials for your department because they inspire us to think about what it means to “do” science, not just study it.

“This Book is a Planetarium” makes complex scientific ideas accessible to ordinary people through a deceptively simple format: The pop-up book. This book uses paper engineering to construct “a constellation-projecting planetarium, a strummable musical instrument, a geomet- ric drawing generator, a perpetual calendar, a message encrypter and decoder, and a speaker that amplifies sound. ... The book concisely explains how humble paper taps into the larger phenome- na of light, time, soundwaves, and mathematics in order to make lo-fi magic.

“Evolution” and “Evolution: Climate” are a companion board game set that invite players to en- gage with scientific ideas outside of a lab or a textbook. The goal of Evolution is to survive, and players do that by acquiring traits (like Hard Shell and Horns) so your species can adapt, evolve and not go extinct. It was apparently used by the evolutionary biology department at the Univer- sity of Oxford. You might experiment with playing this with your students, or it might just offer inspiration about how to bring “play” into your classroom in general. What would it look like for students to demonstrate their understanding of scientific ideas in a format like this one? And to what extent are these games scientifically accurate?

“I AM Everything Affirmation Cards” are an acknowledgement that while teaching will be tough this year, you already possess the amazing qualities you need to thrive in and beyond your class- room. You can use them with yourself or your young people for affirmation as needed.