Professional Development STEM Education Resource Center Provides nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering and math resources for PreK-5, 6-12 as well as free, self-paced modules for teachers teaching global climate change to middle school and high school students.
NASA ePDN - Electronic Professional Development Network NASA offers free online professional development certificate programs for K-12 teachers in robotics, statistics, project-based inquiry learning, and technology integration and self-directed courses in astrobiology, microgravity, and outer space environment.
Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs ( PDF, 6.2 MB, 106 pgs.) All 38 K-12 STEM programs included in this report provide challenging content/curriculum, an inquiry-learning environment, defined outcomes/assessment, and sustained commitment/community support. Each program entry gives an overview, defines target population and learning environment, and presents highlights of results. Contact information is provided.
Activities NASA — Educators Lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games, posters, and more for teachers and students in grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and higher education.
Engineer your Life This guide introduces girls in grades 9-12 to young women engineers and highlights careers. A section for parent and counselors furnishes background in engineering to better advise students. The site has a link to a companion site for girls in grades 5-8.
Intel STEM Education Resources Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges. A solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving are crucial for their success. To help educators foster the next generation of innovators, Intel provides STEM curriculum, competitions, and online resources to encourage students' interest and participation.
PBS STEM Resource Center PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content. On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators improving STEM education. Our recent national educator survey (Grunwald, 2009) indicates that more teachers than ever before are turning to digital media resources to help their students understand concepts, practice new skills and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences.
Articles Scientific Method Meets Engineering Design in Integrative STEM Project Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the interconnectedness of science and technology content, a shift that educators, on the whole, support. As states implement these standards, however, teachers may find incorporating new content into already packed curricula daunting. Here, we will explain how teachers can draw on the natural connections between scientific and engineering methods to engage students in a more technical exploration of traditional science lessons. Make YOUR space: the maker movement in education
It’s easy to see why the maker space movement is a good fit for schools and community libraries. According to New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), one of two Maker Faire sites, “The Maker Space is a learning environment where children, teens, adults and families can tinker, design, and create together. From woodworking and plaster casting to electronics and 3-D printing [the movement] encourages experimentation, open-ended exploration, and believe that making mistakes is a great way to learn.
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