STEM Resources

There are so many great opportunities for youth to get involved with STEM and STEAM. We are working to collect those resources and organize them on this page.  If you are looking for opportunities to fund STEM projects in your program, check out the list of funding opportunities!

GENERAL

Idaho STEM Action Center 

The Idaho STEM Action Center is a resource for Idaho's formal & informal educators, parents, and youth. Find STEM events and competitions near you, attend professional development opportunities, apply for grants.

STEMfinity

STEMfinity offers help writing STEM grants as well as providing free STEM resources. They also have a ton of great STEM kits for sale. If you are in the Boise area, stop by their education center and try out their products. This is a great resource!

Idaho National Laboratory K-12 STEM Initiative

Idaho National Laboratory provides opportunities for students as well as educators, including informal educators. Check here to see a list of opportunities. Go here to read an online book about STEM careers at INL. This book can be used to introduce students to STEM careers.

Idaho Public Television's Science Trek 

Science Trek is a monthly integrated web and broadcast project designed for elementary-age students. In addition to each show, there are also tons of companion materials. Currently there is content on the website for over 90 different science topics. 

STEM Collaborative

Recommended list of good STEM lessons, interactive activities, digital media, and other materials

PhET Interactive Simulations

PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. We extensively test and evaluate each simulation to ensure educational effectiveness. These tests include student interviews and observation of simulation use in classrooms.

Intel Education

To help educators foster the next generation of innovators, Intel provides STEM curriculum, competitions, and online resources to encourage students’ interest and participation.

 Go-Lab

The Go-Lab Portal offers school teachers and students the opportunity to conduct inquiry learning activities for scientific problem solving. Inquiry learning is supported by personalized scientific experiments with online labs and supportive inquiry learning apps. The Go-Lab Portal enables school teachers to create and use personalized Inquiry Learning Spaces in which online labs, apps, and educational resources are organised by inquiry process phases in a virtual learning environment.

Hippocampus

Free, core academic web site that delivers rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students

How To Smile

A group of science museums dedicated to bringing STEM out of the academic cloister and into the wider world

The Concord Consortium

STEM Resource Finder features some of the best of their free, open source educational activities, models and software tools. You can search by keyword or filter by subject, grade level and type to find the right resources for your learning goals.

You For Youth

A site geared toward helping primarily 21st CLCC but also other facilities as well. With many different resources and engaging programs for youth.

STEM Flix

STEM Flix™ is a new, interactive video series provided for your viewing pleasure by the Northrop Grumman Foundation and Science Bob.

PBS Learning Media

Bring your classroom to life with PBS

Khan Academy

Take control of your learning by working on the skills you choose at your own pace with free online courses.

Shodor Simulations

Modeling and simulation tools for education reform. They are designed to be interactive tools and simulation environments that enable and encourage exploration and discovery through observation, conjecture, and modeling activities.

Georgia Tech Professional Education

Georgia Tech Professional Education allows working professionals and industry partners to access the expertise of a world-renowned technological research university

National Science Teachers Association

Science teacher resources site

Science Netlinks

Find science lessons and tools for K-12

SEN Teacher

Printables, specialist links, free software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education. SEN Teacher is also used by many parents and teachers of younger students and children without special needs.

NanoHub

The premier place for computational nanotechnology research, education, and collaboration.

Exploratorium

Tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits; a website with over 50,000 pages of content; film screenings; workshops for lifelong learners including day camps for kids and family investigations; evening art and science events for adults—plus much more.

PBS STEM Education Resource Center

PBS STEM Education Resource Center

TED Talks

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.

TED-Ed

TE-Ed is a site that provides educational videos for students.

NBC Learn

NBC Learn is a collection of over 18,000 standards-aligned resources designed for use in the classroom.

Smithsonian

Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing resources with the world.

Kinetic City

Collection of science experiments, games, and projects for everyone to enjoy both online AND away from the computer.

Webucator

Several free online courses for students aged 13-18

CK-12

Free STEM teaching resources

Pinterest STEM Projects

Jumping off points for STEM project ideas

The National Science Digital Library

Database/repository full of STEM resources and other materials for education.

Discovery Education

Free classroom resources that complement and extend learning. Split into information for all different grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Hooked On Science

Videos of science activities using everyday items around the house.

SciGirls

Free professional development and tools to help engage girls into science

Click 2 Science

STEM professional development resources for out-of-school educators

Teach-nology

Free and easy to use resources for teachers dedicated to improving the education of today’s generation of students

Steve Spangler Science

Find a collection of videos, science experiments, and products to use to make science fun and engaging for kids.

Buggy and Buddy Blog

Check out a variety of science activities designed for younger children (K-3).

Science Buddies

Hundreds of hands-on science activities. They add new entries to their blog regularly.

Beyond the Chalkboard

Hundreds of lesson plans designed for out-of-school in many different subjects. These are easy to pull off with minimal prep.

Afterschool Alliance STEM Collection

The Afterschool Alliance has curated a list of 23 STEM links that are perfect for out-of-school time.

Scientific Explanation for Middle School Learners

This article shows how important it is to help middle school learners develop their scientific explanation skills.

PHYSICS

My Physics Lab

You’ll see physics simulations animating in real time and be able to interact with them by dragging objects or changing parameters like gravity

Physion

Physion is a 2D Physics simulation software. It can be used to easily create a wide range of interactive physics simulations and educational experiments

Physics Classroom

Free to use physics website developed primarily for beginning physics students and their teachers. The website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the tasks of learning and teaching physics.

The Physics Front

The Physics Front resource collection supports secondary physics and physical science teachers seeking to integrate high-quality materials into their lessons.

Pretty Good Physics

Items have been put here for physics teachers, by physics teachers, and range from first-year high school physics to AP material. The emphasis is on labs, but explanatory material is also available

Teaching Advanced Physics

This website contains detailed ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16–19. The site aims to help those new to teaching this age group, and assumes only a limited access to equipment, resources, and advice from experienced colleagues.

SPORTS

Tackle STEM

This site contains hands on STEM activities and positive learning experiences based on Denver Broncos and football content.

BIOLOGY & ANIMAL SCIENCE

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

World leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds

BioEd Online

Online educational resource for educators, students, and parents covering biology and related subjects

The Biology Corner

The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers and students.  It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics for all levels, including introductory life science and advanced placement biology.

CONTESTS & CHALLENGES

Siemens Foundation

Students can compete in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

Conrad Innovation Challenge

Promote contextual learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship

Cardboard Challenge

The Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation that celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. In September, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

 

Caine's Arcade

Caine’s Arcade is a short film by Nirvan Mullick about a 9 year old boy’s handmade cardboard arcade, located in his dad’s auto parts store in East Los Angeles. The film inspired a global movement to foster creativity in kids, leading to the launch of the Imagination Foundation and an annual Global Cardboard Challenge.

National STEM Video Game Challenge 

The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

CODING & PROGRAMMING

Scratch

This site is dedicated to making easy to build programs for kids, so they can make simple and fun games or code.

CODE.ORG

Code.org increases diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds where they are — at their skill-level, in their schools, and in ways that inspire them to keep learning.

ENGINEERING

Royal Academy of Engineering

By supporting teaching and learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Engineering Engagement Program seeks to widen participation in STEM by helping teachers and pupils realize the significance of engineering to their everyday lives.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Teaching resources for schools and colleges including classroom resources, posters, magazines and project funding.

Engineering in Elementary

Research-based, teacher-tested curriculum materials for schools and out-of-school time programs Grades: 1-5, 3-5, 6-8

Engineering World Health

EWH STEM Activities can be used for students of all ages and ordered in pre-packaged kits with handouts and all of the supplies you need to complete the activity!

Engineer Your Life

A coalition to encourage academically prepared girls to enroll in engineering programs.

 

Engineers in the Classroom

Lockheed Martin and National Geographic partnered to provide resources that will inspire students to pursue STEM careers. These resources are broken out into the following age groups: K-4, 5-8, 9-12.

EGFI

Join the thousands of teachers receiving fresh lesson plans and activities, news, feature articles and web resources every month by email.

Exploratorium Marble Machine

Make a marble machine

 

Teach Engineering

Standards-aligned engineering lessons and hands-on activities for use in science, engineering, and math classrooms

MUSIC & SOUND

Audacity

Great program for recording and playing with sound, good for both music and just experimenting with different sound waves.

 

Math Science Music

This site is a free toolkit for teachers, bringing together the best resources in math, science and music. Designed for students, kindergarten through college.

MAKER SPACES

Makey Makey

Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas?

 

Maker Kids

We run weekly programs and camps on topics like Minecraft, 3D Printing, Videogame Programming with Scratch, Robotics Inventions using Arduino, Remote Control, and Electronics.

Maker Shed

Fun, doable projects with arduino boards for people of all ages.

Thingiverse

Designs, lesson plans, picture gallery, and challenges created by MakerBot.

SPACE

NASA Wavelength

Go here to find over 500 lesson plans designed specifically for informal learning settings. 

Generation Beyond

This Lockheed Martin Initiative  offers lessons plans, family activities, and a virtual field trip related to space.

NASA For Educators

Hundreds of different resources for STEM programs in general and how to get involved with NASA

Generation Beyond

This Lockheed Martin Initiative  offers lessons plans, family activities, and a virtual field trip related to space.

MATHEMATICS

Math-Aids

Math-Aids.Com provides free math worksheets for teachers, parents, students, and home schoolers. The math worksheets are randomly and dynamically generated by our math worksheet generators. This allows you to make an unlimited number of printable math worksheets to your specifications instantly.

 

Center for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching

A focus for research and curriculum development in Mathematics teaching and learning, with the aim of unifying and enhancing mathematical progress in schools and colleges.

Symbolab

An advanced math education tool. It allows users to learn, practice and discover math topics using mathematical symbols and scientific notations as well as text.

 

TenMarks

TenMarks partners with your teachers, schools and districts to drive an integrated model of curriculum and instruction, supported by technology and 1:1 personalization. To accomplish this we have created a content-driven technology strategy.

NCTM

Classroom resources for Math areas.

 

Math Teaching Resources

Math teaching resources for grade 2 – 6 classrooms.

MATH.COM

Dedicated to providing revolutionary ways for students, parents, teachers, and everyone to learn math. Combining educationally sound principles with proprietary technology, Math.com offers a unique experience that quickly guides the user to the solutions they need and the products they want.

 

Math Goodies

Designed to make math meaningful to the student. Each math lesson provides in-depth instruction ideal for learners of all ages and abilities.

Bedtime Math

Help kids love numbers so they can handle the math in real life.

 

Math Central

Internet service for mathematics students and teachers of all ages.

Manga High Math

Play adaptive math games by yourself or in competition with others. The basic version is free.

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