Welcome Friends of NBC Learn!

This month, we’re highlighting several original collections from NBC Learn that will help engage, inspire, and educate your students. With Mother’s Day fast approaching and summer just around the corner, learn about the chemistry of flower colors and cheeseburger science with “Chemistry NOW.” Later this month, just ahead of Memorial Day, we’ll also be releasing the second installment of “Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation,” with ten more action-packed stories about World War II military aviation and innovation.

Buckle your seatbelts and enjoy,

The NBC Learn Team

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 14th marks Mother’s Day, a day where we honor the incredible sacrifices and amazing accomplishments of Moms everywhere. One way we celebrate on this day is by giving flowers which reminds us of the strength and beauty of our mothers. Check out NBC Learn’s original story, “The Chemistry of Flowers,” part of the “Chemistry NOW” collection, produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Explore the science behind the colorful world of flowers and learn how Hydrangea Blues and Marigold Yellows come to be.

National Hamburger Day

Join NBC Learn on March 28 to celebrate National Hamburger Day with our original series, “Cheeseburger Chemistry.” Also part of the “Chemistry NOW” collection, this five story series looks at the science behind every element of the cheeseburger, from the bun, to the patty, to the condiments on top. Why did tomatoes become the first genetically-altered food approved by the FDA? How do pH levels play a role in the pickling process? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s with “Cheeseburger Chemistry”!

Memorial Day - Chronicles of Courage

Help honor our veterans this Memorial Day (May 29th) with the second installment of NBC Learn’s original series, “Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation,” produced in partnership with Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Productions. Inspired by interviews from the Flying Heritage Collection (, the largest online archive of oral histories on war and aviation ever created, this series takes viewers on a journey through World War II as told firsthand by the pilots and aviation veterans themselves. The series includes Social Studies and STEM lesson plans developed by NBC Learn and the National Science Teachers Association

You can view the first installment of the series right now.  The second installment will be released on Tuesday, May 23.

Science of Innovation

Check out NBC Learn’s original series, “Science of Innovation”, which highlights how innovation can turn fundamental science and engineering ideas into significant projects with societal and economic impact. Narrated by NBC News anchor Kate Snow and produced in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Patent and Trademark, this series takes a look at innovations such as 3D bio-printing and space exploration, and comes with lessons plans included.

Watch out for Part III of this series to be released later this summer!

Watch Collection Free Resources

National Teacher’s Day was celebrated on May 2, and NBC Learn wants to point out the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s 4th Annual National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM, and Intellectual Property. The event runs from July 16-21 and is held in Denver, Colorado. Please click on the link below for more information and to apply today!

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Parent Toolkit Twitter Chat May

Making the Most of Summer with Teens

Calling all high school teachers and school counselors! Our friends at Education Nation and Parent Toolkit are hosting a Twitter chat to talk about how to support teens this summer. Whether they’re heading into senior year and planning for life after high school, or heading into freshman year, what do they (and their parents) need to know? Summer is for fun, but it can also be used to prepare for the following year. How can students and parents strike balance between the two? Join the chat to share your thoughts and ideas and ask questions of your own. Mark your calendar for May 16th at 7pmET and join on Twitter using the hashtag #ToolkitTalk

Subscriber Spotlights

This month’s subscriber spotlights feature Heidi Geisler, a 5th grade teacher at Grewenow Elementary in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Sara Obeidat, an informational systems professor at Strayer University. Find out how Heidi is enhancing her social studies text book with NBC Learn resources and how Sara is using NBC Learn resources about Apple CEO Tim Cooke and Edward Snowden to prompt further inquiry and exploration by her higher education students. 

How are you using NBC Learn as a teaching and learning resource? E-mail us at with examples of NBC Learn videos that especially engaged your students or summaries of your lessons.  We may feature you in a future K-12 or Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight!

Want to read more Subscriber Spotlights? On the Home page of NBC Learn K-12 or NBC Learn Higher Ed, look under the heading NBC Learn in the Classroom.

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