Want to add more STEM to your classroom? Wondering where to start? Check out these great resources for curriculum and all things STEM:
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science. They offer a wide variety of online tutorials in coding, from introductory Hour of Code activities to an in depth code studio courses designed for a variety of ages, even pre-readers. They also have links to other online coding resources and guidance for teachers implementing coding their classrooms.
The Design Squad Nation website is an online community that grew out of the Design Squad television series that aired on PBS KIDS. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests. The goal of Design Squad is to give kids a stronger understanding of the design process, and the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday life. A section for teachers and parents includes lesson plans and more.
Endeavor is a NASA-led initiative offering online training and certification for teachers who want to effectively teach STEM content and integrate STEM pedagogical strategies. Online courses, using the internet and a phone or headset at the same time, benefit all educators of STEM content at any level, K–12.
Howtosmile.org compiles STEM activities from the country’s top science museums. These activities are typically designed especially for those who teach school-aged children in non-classroom settings (like museums, zoos, aquaria, and afterschool or outdoor education programs), but are available to classroom teacher as well. Most use everyday materials you can find in your own closet or kitchen and many include links to standards.
At Khan Academy, you can learn anything. Khan Academy offers tutorials that include practice exercises and instructional videos on huge range of topics, including science, math, and computer programming. The system can track student progress and has special tools for parents and teachers.
NGSS@OSU-Cascades is an online repository for resources discussed in professional development workshops led by OSU-Cascades’ STEM Coach. The site is open to anyone, you don’t have to have participated in a workshop.
The Oceanscape Network is an educational web-based application designed to connect preteens and teens and their teachers to science, nature and outdoor experiences using technology as the catalyst. Utilizing an interactive mapping system, users can navigate the Oregon Coast and adjacent regions, visit major landmarks and ecosystems, submit sightings of wild animals, or use the Global Positioning System for some high-tech exploration of outdoor areas.
Developed by the Oregon Department of Education, the new Oregon Educator Network is a dynamic tool for sharing and discovery of practices, resources, model programs, and professional development. Much of what has been shared to date is STEM focused.
Developed by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. You can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
STEM Jobs is an interesting magazine examining and promoting STEM careers. Their STEM Type quiz is a unique take on a career profile and they offer lots of information on different careers and how to get there.
STEM Teaching Tools offers Practice Briefs and other resources for STEM education that support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages knowledge from research and practice.
The YouCubed project out of Stanford University aims to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms. They offer a wealth of math learning resources, including apps, games, and other activities.
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