Top 10 STEM Resources
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In this article, I will present you the top ten STEM resources for preK-12.
- NASA – Educators
The official NASA website has a separate section for educators, which provides posters, games, video clips, classroom activities, teacher guides, lesson plans, and more for students and teachers of grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, as well as those in higher education.
www.exploratorium.edu is a website that provides events, programs, activities, web features, and interactives for STEM K-12. The professional development workshops for Saturday and summer activities are accessible through the Teacher Institute.
- Kinetic City
If you are looking for the best science games for students in grades 3-5, www.kineticcity.com is the place to find them. The registration for the website is free, and it opens the doors to limitless fun activities, such as replacing the body systems of a virtual character who talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- eGFI: Dream Up the Future
When it comes to promoting engineering education, www.egfi-k12.org is the most resourceful website. It provides links to web resources, outreach programs, activities, and lesson plans for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
- Master Tools
The Master Tools, available at www.shodor.org/master/, are the result of an on-going collaboration between the George Mason University, NASA, and other education organizations. These simulation environments and interactive tools encourage the students’ interests in exploration and discovery through modeling, conjecture, and observation activities. This website offers eight interactive science and math simulations and tools that are appropriate for students in grades 6-12. The material on the website meets the National Math Education Standards and National Science Education Standards.
- National STEM Video Game Challenge
Educators, high school students (from grades 9-12), and middle school students (from grades 5-8), can design games that incorporate STEM themes or STEM content in inspiring, creative, and unique ways. The website (stemchallenge.org) is open to homeschoolers as well. The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a competition that motivates the students to awaken their interest in STEM. Those who are interested in the development of the 2013 competition should sign up on the website and get notifications.
- Engineer your Life
Engineer Your Life (available at www.engineeryourlife.org) is a guide to engineering careers for girls in high school (grades 9-12). The careers of young women engineers can be very inspiring to high school girls who are interested in engineering. The website has a separate section for counselors and parents, which enables them to give better advice to the female students interested in careers in engineering. The website provides a link to a companion site (www.engineergirl.org), which is aimed at girls in grades 5-8.
- NASA ePND – Electronic Professional Development Network
NASA has developed this website (https://nasaepdn.gatech.edu) with the purpose to enable K-12 teachers to access professional development certificate programs in technology integration, project-based inquiry learning, statistics, and robotics; as well as self-directed courses in outer space environment, microgravity, and astrobiology.
- STEM Education Resource Center
www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/ is a site that provides nearly 4,000 resources of STEM for PreK-5 and 6-12. The website is also targeted at teachers, who have access to self-paced, free modules on how to teach global climate change to students in middle school and high school.
- A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs
This report by the Museum of Science, Boston includes 38 K-12 STEM programs that provide challenging curriculum, sustained commitment/community support, defined outcomes/assessment, and an inquiry-learning environment. All programs included in this report are elaborated to details, giving an overview, defining the target learning environment, and presenting the results.
- STEM Educator Materials
If you are a teacher looking for age-appropriate career information, educator guides, and posters for your students, you should visit stem.firstbook.org/resources. The website requires a free registration. All resources meet the national education standards.
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