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 discuss ways to make STEM activities more equitable for your students? Consider joining us for STEM Club.
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
To get you started:
STEM Teaching Tools—Supporting Students’ Science Learning
These tools and resources may assist you with communicating with your students/classes online.
- ASSISTments - a web-based mathematics assignment and analysis tool
- Book Creator - an online tool for creating and publishing digital books
- Brush Ninja - a web-based tool for creating hand-drawn animated GIFs
- Canva - a web-based graphic design platform
- Coggle - a web-based tool for creating collaborative concept maps and diagrams
- EdPuzzle - an online tool that allows you to create interactive video lessons
- Educreations - an interactive whiteboard and screencasting tool
- Edulastic - an online student assessment tool
- FlipGrid - a video discussion platform
- Go Formative - a web-based student response and assessment tool
- Graspable Math - a web-based interactive tool for math
- Jamboard - an online, collaborative whiteboard tool
- MathShare - an online tool for students to organize and share their processes
- Milanote - an online workspace and project organizer
- NearPod - an online tool that allows you to create interactive, media-rich presentations
- Padlet - an online bulletin board
- Pear Deck - a tool that allow you to create interactive presentations with Google slides
- Scoutlier - an online learning platform
- Screencastify - a Chrome browser extension that allows you to record your computer screen
- SeeSaw - a platform for student engagement
- Storyjumper - a website that lets students create and publish their own stories
- Whiteboard.fi - an online whiteboard tool
- Zoom - a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing
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
- PBS Learning Media
- 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
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.
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
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.
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!