JUST STEM is the wiki page that unites the sciences and math with technology resources.Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
(for more resources, see the Just Math, Just Science, and Project Based Learning pages)


GENERAL STEM RESOURCES

  • Applets- These are some educational java applets to help visualize various concepts in math, physics, and engineering
  • CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit that creates and aggregates high quality curated STEM content
    • CK-12 Brainflex Summer Challenge - a free program that students can use to keep their math and science skills sharp through the summer. Teachers can send an invitation e-mail or use a template for a letter to send home to parents with suggestions on subjects for their children to review over the summer. (Grades K-12)
    • Braingenie - provides easy to understand and detailed videos to reinforce Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Categories include: 1-8 Math, Algebra I and II, Precalculus, Science 6-8, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and more. Students view the video lesson and answer questions about material learned. The tutorial below will show how to create accounts, create assignments, monitor student progress, and generate reports.

  • Concord Consortium - Hundreds of our resources are free, research-based, and available for you to use today. As a non-profit organization, we’re committed to quality science and math. And we’re focused on showing the world how technology can lead to better learning.
  • CurioCity by Let’s Talk Science has free, curriculum-based, classroom-ready resources for Grades 8-12 on a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related issues.
  • NASA Teaching Resources- Materials: bookmarks; classroom activities; educator guides; lessonplans; lithographs; play and learn; posters; video clips; web sites.
  • The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine - The Academies have produced dozens of reports to guide educators and policymakers in improving science, technology, mathematics, and engineering instruction at all grade levels
  • The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines
  • Science News for Students (SNK) is an award-winning free online publication that connects the latest in scientific research to in and out-of-classroom learning. It includes suggestions and resources for hands-on activities, books, articles, and web resources; also coverage of the world’s leading competitions for young people.
  • Siemens STEM Day: a refreshed and expanded version of the beloved Siemens Science Day, now intended to span the whole K-12 STEM experience! Siemens STEM Day offers a variety of tools and resources that will help you reinvent your STEM curriculum. You'll find new, original hands-on activities, a teacher support center, and our Possibility Grant Sweepstakes
  • Sparticl is a new web and mobile service for teens, a collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. Sparticl includes answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities, all curated by a team of experts.
  • Spongelab - a global STEM community - a library of stunning (and free!) content, spanning games, images, animations, and lesson plans, vetted to bring you the best in digital learning.
  • STEMcoach - provides easy access to an array of resources to support K-12 educators in STEM classes

APPS

  • Equate Formula Solver - reference tool for physics, chemistry, and, math
  • Noticing Tools (from the New York Hall of Science) are a suite of iPad apps that make learning math and science irresistible through play, creative design projects, and collaboration. Designed for grades 2-10.


CHALLENGES, COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS

(Many of these resources could be useful for projects even if you are not interested in the contest)
  • eCYBERMISSION – This is a web-based STEM competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Student teams propose a solution to a real problem in their community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
  • The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology - The nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology. High school students submit innovative individual and team research projects
  • Young Scientists Challenge – Great resource for students in K-8. Lessons, multi-media, and other materials that can be incorporated into PBL units.

ENGINEERING

  • Discover Engineering – Let your students discover engineering in some very exciting and engaging ways. From skateboards to roller coasters the activities and videos will bring you back for more.
  • Design Squad Nation makes engineering fun through hands-on activities and easy-to-understand scientific explanations. (Grades 3 and up)
  • eGFI Dream Up The Future – A huge database that will engage students with its colorful and student centered interface. Make sure to check all the links, including all the STEM resources found in the Teacher Resource area.
  • Engineering Adventures® (EA®) - free, engaging engineering curriculum for children in grades 3 and up. Children are introduced to the engineering design process as they ask questions, imagine, plan, create, and improve solutions to real-world problems. Try “Recycled Racers,” “Bubble Bonanza,” and more.
  • Engineering Your Future - see and hear real engineers talk about their careers. Find out what engineers do, what it takes to become an engineer and learn why engineers love their jobs.
  • TeachEngineering.org: A searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive.

GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

  • Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream! is an immersive STEM learning game for students in grades 6-12. In the game, students explore and practice key STEM concepts by designing, building and sharing virtual roller coasters.
  • Cornucopia—a fast-paced farm simulator for grades 5-12—manage a plot of land, planting crops based on a number of factors, in order to meet a variety of food orders.
  • Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking. Choose from Crash Scene Investigation, Virtual Surgeries or Creating Stem Cell Lines, among others. All activities meet state and national standards.
  • Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers, an engaging middle school educational program designed to translate students' love for football into a deeper understanding of the math and science behind America's greatest game.
  • Moonbase Alpha - A 3-D Immersive NASA Exploration Game - Step into the role of an explorer in a futuristic lunar settlement... Your mission is to restore critical systems after a meteor strike cripples life support equipment. (grades 6-9)
  • The Radix Endeavor is a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) for STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) in middle and high school.
The Science Game Center View
A curated site of science, technology and math games for upper elementary through high school. Search for games by subject, target age, platform, and game developer type. Reviews of these games are included.

GRANTS/FUNDING

  • Pitsco offers a $350 grant each month to assist with making hands-on learning possible. This grant is awarded in the form of a gift certificate that may be used to purchase hands-on STEM products, curriculum, and more.
  • STEM Grants features news, updates and a free downloadable guide to STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics) educational grants for K-12, educational non-profits, and universities.

INTERACTIVES/DEMONSTRATIONS

Wolfram Demonstrations Project - database of interactive applets. A wide variety of disciplines and grade levels (K-12) are represented. Search by topic or learning standard.

LESSONS

  • Cases Online - A collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage exploring the science and math behind real-world problems. Cases can be searched by grade level and subject.
  • Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)- sponsors and designs multidisciplinary STEM curricula for K-12.
  • Howtosmile.org - Science and math activities. This was voted 2012 Best Website Winner by the American Association of School Librarians.
  • Discovery Education and the Navy present a series of interactive lesson plans specifically designed for 9-12 graders to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Subject matters range from the physics of flight to the engineering of future ships.
  • Nasa Explores is a great site for lesson plans AND materials for educators. There are Teacher Guides, posters, and even games to help students to learn.
  • Teachers TryScience provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • UL XplorLabs is an educational platform designed to encourage students to “solve through science.” It is especially focused on engaging middle school students through interactive videos, instructional experiences, hands-on classroom activities, and creative classroom challenges
  • VisionLearning - peer-reviewed modules, grouped into scientific disciplines, explore a range of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

(These sites are specific to STEM. For more PBL resources, see the Project Based Learning page.)

ROBOTICS

  • NASA Robotics is a great site for resources when studying about robotics or for implementing your own project. There are links to cool video games, grants, and more. There are sections for students and for teachers.
  • Arrick Robotics: This isn't the prettiest website in the world, but if you’re looking for robotics resources, you will probably find it here. Includes lists of competitions and contests, groups and clubs, games and simulation.

SOFTWARE

How about free software to promote STEM in the classroom? Go to the Open Source Software page to find programs that will facilitate students in their 21st century skill development. Since they are free, students can use them at school and download them to also connect at home.

VIDEOS

Sloan Science & Film Teachers Guide - This is a guide to 46 short narrative (fiction) films available for streaming in your classroom, which explore science and technology themes and characters. Films range from 4 to 33 minutes, averaging 20 minutes in length. Subjects include astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecology, evolution, genetics, mathematics, physics, psychology, technology, and the history of science . Included with each film are possible questions to explore and science resources for further engagement