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
Remote Learning Tools
These tools and resources may assist you with communicating with your students/classes online.
General Science/STEM Online Resources
Great resources for science/STEM lessons and activities.
- Classroom Resources (NSTA)
- Daily DE
- Data Nuggets
- DESE - MA STEM at Home List of Resources
- Engineering Resources for Teachers (TryEngineering!)
- Engineering Resources PK-12 (Purdue University)
- Model Curriculum Units (MA DESE)
- NGSS Quality Examples of Science Lessons
- NSTA Daily Do
- Phenomena for NGSS
- Science Friday
- Skype a Scientist
- STEM Curriculum for K-12 (TeachEngineering)
- STEM Ecosystems - Resource Library
- STEM Engagement (NASA)
- The Wonder of Science
- Wide Open School
Interactive STEM Activities
Project ideas, activities, and simulations for teachers to use with students.
- Activities with Connections to STEM Careers (Learning Blade, 4-8)
- Citizen Science
- Design Squad Global
- Explore Engineering with Games & Activities (TryEngineering!, K-12)
- Fun STEM Activities to Do at Home (NASA, K-4)
- Hacking STEM Library (Microsoft, 6-12, activities may require microcontrollers)
- Interactive STEM Activities (Concord Consortium, K-12)
- NSTA e-Books (K-12) - free during school closures
- OkGoSandbox (3-12)
- Science at Home (Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)
- Simulations (Explore Learning, 3-12)
- STEM Challenges to do at Home (Technovation Families, modifiable for grades above or below 4)
- STEM Lesson Plans (Space Foundation Discovery Center, PK-12)
- Teacher- and Parent-Friendly STEM Resources (Seeds of STEM, PK)
- Videos, Simulations (PBS Learning Media, 3-12)
Ideas and ways to engage yourself and your students in project-based learning.
- Buck Institute for Education (My PBL Works)
- Project-Based Learning for Educators (Edutopia)
- Student Projects and PBL Project Ideas (High Tech High, 9-12)
- WPI STEM Education Center
Coding and Computational Thinking
Introduce students to coding or allow them to explore or practice their skills.
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.
- Introduction to Problem Solving
- Solving Problems with Ice and Water
- Solving Problems about Habitats
- Exploring the 5 senses
- Forces and motion: the animals need your help!
- It's spring! Create a model of a plant and its parts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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