Virtual STEM Meet-ups!
Join us for a LIVE, interactive, virtual STEM Meet-up where we will share online tools and STEM activity resources. Educators are invited to bring an activity or online tool to share with others, or just attend to get some new ideas. We are all in this together. Let’s share our successes and support each other during this unprecedented educational endeavor.
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. The resources are available below, or in PDF format.
- Remote Learning Tools
General Science/STEM Online Resources
Great resources for science/STEM lessons and activities.
- Classroom Resources (NSTA)
- Data Nuggets
- Engineering Resources for Teachers (TryEngineering!)
- Engineering Resources PK-12 (Purdue University)
- Model Curriculum Units (MA DESE)
- STEM Curriculum for K-12 (TeachEngineering)
- STEM Ecosystems - Resource Library
- STEM Engagement (NASA)
Interactive STEM Activities
Project ideas, activities, and simulations for teachers to use with students.
- Activities with Connections to STEM Careers (Learning Blade, 4-8)
- 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)
- Science Simulations (pHet, K-12)
- 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.