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

Educator Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for STEM Educators. How do we address inequalities and opportunity gaps in STEM education?
This resource provides a list of articles and classroom tools for helping educators grapple with these critical issues. Want to further discuss issues of equity in STEM? Consider joining the STEM for ALL PD this summer. 

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

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. 

What is STEM Education? 
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, we’d love to hear from you about your experience and how we might make improvements. Please contact Donna Taylor to let us know about your classroom experience.

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/ , join a webinar, or email Mia Dubosarsky with questions.  

 

Virtual STEM Meet-ups!

Our LIVE, interactive, virtual STEM Meet-ups occured each Thursday from March 26 - May 28.  During this time, we shared online tools and STEM activity resources. Educators were invited to bring an activity or online tool to share with others, or just attend to get some new ideas. It was a great opportunity to share our successes and support each other during this unprecedented educational endeavor.

Contact Donna at dltaylor@wpi.edu if you have any questions. 


Please consider joining us for our Summer PD's, many of which will include continued Online STEM Learning opportunities.

Links to our slides can be found below:

Virtual meet up slides - 3/26/2020
Virtual meet up slides - 4/2/2020
Virtual meet up slides - 4/9/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 4/16/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 4/23/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 4/30/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 5/7/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 5/14/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 5/21/2020
Virtual meet-up slides - 5/28/2020

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