STEM Resources

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

AAAS Science NetLinks:  The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has revamped its educational website, Science NetLinks. You can find K–12 lesson plans, check out the science history calendar to learn about important historical dates, and stay abreast of the latest science news. Looking for ideas for the after-school science club you advise? Go to http://sciencenetlinks.com/afterschool-resources.  The website can also help you with planning new activities for Earth Day (April); National Chemistry Week (October); National Engineers Week (February); and even Earth Hour (March), the annual international event designed to raise awareness about global climate change.

College Affordability Guides are available for the following:

A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs (PDF icon PDF, 6.2 MB, 106 pgs.)
All 38 K-12 STEM programs included in this report provide challenging content/curriculum, an inquiry-learning environment, defined outcomes/assessment, and sustained commitment/community support. Each program entry gives an overview, defines target population and learning environment, and presents highlights of results. Contact information is provided.

Cyber Degrees:  The field of cyber security has never been hotter. To help you find your dream job, this site offers  a comprehensive directory of colleges and universities offering cyber security degrees, as well as a wealth of information on career paths within the cyber security field, security clearances, the range of professional security certifications available, free online courses in security topics and more.  You may sort by state, interest, and format (bricks and mortar vs online).

Cybrary Man's Resources for STEM:  This site provides multiple resources for STEM, including STEAM, STREAM, and STEMX.

Discovery Education: Discovery Education's digital science and technology teaching resources offer a rich, engaging, educational experience. The content is aligned to state standards, and the lesson plans include objectives, materials, procedures, readings and resources, vocabulary terms, discussion questions, and rubrics. You can also access a wide range of high-quality multimedia content to accompany the lessons.  Also, don't miss the Puzzlemaker application.

EduCore - STEM:  This site provides many tools, resources, and lesson ideas for STEM.

eGFI offers resources to "dream up the future."  Promotes engineering education with K-5, 6-8, 9-12 lesson plans, activities, outreach programs, and links to web resources. Teachers and students can download the first three issues of eGFI magazine.

Engineer your Life:  This guide introduces girls in grades 9-12 to young women engineers and highlights careers. A section for parent and counselors furnishes background in engineering to better advise students. The site has a link to a companion site for girls in grades 5-8.

Engineering Is Elementary:  Engineering Is Elementary supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy.  There are 20 units for Grades 1-5 and multiple resources through Grade 8.

HippoCampus:  The free, open-source HippoCampus website provides multimedia resources for high school and college students.  Explore lessons on topics ranging from DNA to the chemical and physical properties of solutions to kinetic theory and thermodynamics. HippoCampus includes presentations and videos in several subject areas, including biology, statistics, calculus, environmental science, physics, and algebra. The website also offers algebra and calculus lessons in Spanish.

Intel's Design and Discovery Curriculum is a free, inquiry-based and interdisciplinary curriculum for students ages 11–15 that allows them to explore engineering by engaging in hands-on design activities. Students build their understanding in a sequential way and learn to identify real-world problems and develop ideas for solutions.  Intel also offers multiple STEM resources.

Intel's STEM unit plans.

Iowa STEM A virtual community of leaders in STEM education from across Iowa's public and private sectors.

 

Khan Academy:  The celebrated Khan Academy offers more than 2,700 instructional videos covering math, science, finance, and history. These short but informative videos have become a worldwide teaching and learning phenomenon.

Master Tools:  Eight interactive math and science tools and simulations for students in grades 6-12. All simulations and curriculum materials meet the new National Science Education Standards and National Math Education Standards.

Mississippi Bend AEA 9's Website for STEM and STEAM:  This website provides resources for starlab and robotics as well as national websites.

MN-STEM MN-STEM is an educational website launched to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

nanoHUB.org:  This website provides simulations, modules, and interactive tools for learning about nanotechnology—the design and production of structures, devices, and systems one atom or one molecule at a time. nanoHUB.org is a central place for finding computational nanotechnology research, accessing teaching and learning resources, and engaging in teacher collaboration.

NASA offers many resources for science and STEM.

NASA's Planet Quest Exoplanet Exploration:  Interested in space exploration? Learn from the experts! This website is sponsored by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology. The comprehensive, interactive Planet Quest website features spectacular images captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope; the Ask an Astronomer podcast; videos; classroom experiments; and the JPL blog, which takes you inside a space mission.  Students can learn cool things about Mars while learning about the Mars Rover Curiosity, play with simulators, take a virtual tour of a planned NASA observatory, brush up on planet factoids through the online games and activities, and even submit questions to the experts for a little homework help. There's plenty to see, do, and explore.  Also check out NASA's Digital Learning Network.

National Education Association offers the 10 best STEM resources.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL) provides mulltiple resources for education in science.

PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center:  With more than 4,000 STEM resources available in its database, this website has a vast array of lesson plans, videos, and interactive resources to help you infuse both fun and rigor into your STEM classroom.

Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information, including research and development results.  Science.gov is governed by the inter-agency Science.gov Alliance.

STEM Curriculum:  The Dayton Regional Center provides lesson/unit plans K-12.

STEM Education Coalition The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.

STEM in 30:  Each fast-paced, 30-minute episode is packed with hands-on learning broadcast LIVE from the floor of the National Air and Space Museum. Classrooms can participate online by sending in questions and answering polls, connecting students to museum experts and enabling access to the museum’s unparalleled galleries and collections from anywhere in the world.

STEM Teaching Tools:  The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools that can help you teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). They are currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them.

STEM TEC The STEM Teacher  Education Collaborative provides teacher resources for inquiry-based opportunities in math and science.

STEM to STEAM:  STEAM is the addition of the arts in the STEM initiative.

Teach Engineering - Curriculum for K-12 Teachers:  Teach Engineering offers standards-aligned engineering lessons and hands-on activities for use in science, engineering, and math classrooms.

Some STEM Extras

ASCD Express: Preparing Students for a STEM-Filled World:  This issue of ASCD Express features promising initiatives that seek to bridge the STEM content gap for both students and educators.

The National Science Teachers Association offers advice and resources to help teachers engage their students in STEM subjects, and middle and high school educators talk about preparing students for college and future careers in the STEM fields.

National STEM Video Game Challenge:  Do you want your students to participate in a competition that will really motivate them? What about entering the National STEM Video Game Challenge? Check out the website to learn more and access game design resources. 

Twitter:  #STEMchat

This page was updated January 11, 2017.  Please contact Lou Howell with additional URLs you would like to see on this page.