Google’s new portal to offer science content for schools

Google has rolled out a new feature that enriches online education content.

The tech giant said learners can now use laptops, desktops or mobile phone-based internet to access the school materials for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Google said it has added high school math, chemistry and physics materials onto its education portal where each question posted on Google Search will be directed to a new dedicated section that generates examples, videos and worksheets for over 2,000 STEM concepts.

“Google has increasingly made Search a resource for students and others wanting to learn about various topics. The latest additions see Google Search surface practice problems, while expanding other capabilities,” it said.

To roll out the project, Google has partnered with education material providers from across the globe, including BBC Bitesize, Byjus, Careers360, Chegg, CK12, Education Quizzes, GradeUp, Great Minds, Kahoot! OpenStax, Toppr and Vedantu.

The new dedicated sections has educational quizzes that schoolchildren can fill in directly on Google Search (mobile or desktop) with the ‘exam’ results displayed immediately with further resource material provided next to each answer.

Through partnerships with Symbolab, Mathway (a Chegg Service) and Tiger Algebra, Google has expanded its math solver to support different equations thereby complementing the capability recently introduced to Google Lens, while Google AR (Augmented reality)displays digital content and information onto the physical world  for over 200 chemistry, biology, physics, and anatomy objects.

The upgrade will in future include results for results for complex STEM questions where detailed explanations for specific questions and similar ones as well as targeted resources on these types of complex subjects.

The educational content project comes hardly a year after Covid-19 saw schools closed with children being sent home to await return to normalcy. This saw internet use rise in Kenya with parents left in a dilemma on what internet content is safe for their children’s use.

“These products support screen readers and improved keyboard usage for those with motor disabilities. Practice problems and these other Google Search features are live in English with plans to expand them internationally,” said the statement.

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