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The STEM Education Center is committed to providing guidance to educators during this global crisis.

Below you will find resources that can guide PK-12 STEM educators in developing quality, equitable, online and in-person learning experiences for their students.

Anti-Racism Resources for STEM Educators

How do we address inequalities and opportunity gaps in STEM education?  This resource provides articles and classroom tools for helping educators grapple with these critical issues. While this is not a complete list, our Center has found these resources useful for our own journey toward becoming equity-minded educators. We hope you will find them useful as well.

Do you want to discuss ways to make STEM activities more equitable for your students?  Consider joining us for STEM Club.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Make STEM more relevant and engaging for students so they can "see themselves in STEM."  This list of resources can assist you in incorporating a diverse array of STEM professionals including stories not often found in traditional textbooks.  We hope this is a useful tool!

Online & Remote Teaching Resources

We did our best to compile a list of resources that are free, engaging, easy to use and aligned with state standards and STE practices. Since there seem to be so many resources available, we focused on high-quality STEM & PBL resources and activities that could be useful as you plan student learning and activities remotely.  PDF Version

STEM Curricular Resources developed by the STEM Education Center

Seeds of STEM, PK, Kindergarten, curriculum, STEM PD

Seeds of STEM: Problem solving activities for young children

Seeds of STEM is a year-long, standards-aligned, STEM curriculum for preschool and pre-K classrooms. The curriculum was developed by a partnership that included researchers from WPI, the College of the Holy Cross, and teachers from the Worcester Child Development Head Start Program. Seeds of STEM was tested in multiple Head Start classrooms, through funding from the US Department of Education (IES, grant #R305A150571).  

To encourage teachers and parents to solve problems with their young children at home, Seeds of STEM is offering sets of weekly STEM activities, derived from the curriculum and simplified for the home environment. 

  1.  Introduction to Problem Solving
  2.  Solving Problems with Ice and Water
  3.  Solving Problems about Habitats
  4.  Exploring the 5 senses
  5.  Forces and motion: the animals need your help!
  6.  It's spring! Create a model of a plant and its parts. 

Want to know more about Seeds of STEM? Want to bring Seeds of STEM to your classroom? Check out the website: https://www.seedsofstem.org/  or email Mia Dubosarsky with questions.  

I am STEM, MA STEM Week, STEM PD

I am STEM - STEM I am Lesson Library

The I am STEM lesson library was created by teachers for teachers! It consists of a wide variety of STEM challenges for PK-5 Educators, all focused around solving problems in books! Thanks to a grant from the MA STEM Advisory Council the library will be available to all educators before, during, and after STEM Week.

Be sure to check it out and consider joining us for the next I am STEM FREE PD.

Questions? Contact Donna Taylor

STEM Activities, STEM PD

Engineering Design Activities

These resources were developed by the STEM Education Center for Massachusetts STEM Week  2019, and include a short opening bridge design activity (one lesson or shorter), a 2-lesson STEM challenge related to properties of materials, and a full week STEM project about natural disasters. 

Short Bridge Design Challenge (one lesson or less)
Project Transport, Help a Friend in Need (2-lesson project)
Protecting the Community from Natural Hazards (full week STEM project)

If you use these curricular resources, please contact Donna Taylor to let us know.

AweSTEM WPI

AweSTEM!

Over the past several years, AweSTEM! has provided the STEM Education Center with the opportunity to recognize educators and education leaders for their outstanding work in STEM education. In addition, educators have presented dozens of STEM lessons and projects and have shared student experiences.

You can find links to numerous resources and project ideas by clicking on each year provided. 

Be sure to check them out!  

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