There are many organizations, schools, educators and business entities that champion STEM implementation and enhancement around the United States. The problem is that the STEM initiative cannot thrust forward unless there is an awareness of what the resources are out there and available.
Listed below are the subjects in which one can find additional resources to take learning in the classroom to another level. There is a strong possibility that these resources can be used in multiple STEM areas. I’ve tried to identify one area in which it can be integrated.
Don’t see a website that is your favorite. Let me know, and I’ll add it.
**New websites added in orange! **
25 Best Inventions of 2014 – A great site to help show STEM products being put into the markets.
Campus Ties – Collaborated with Michigan State University, Iowa State University, and Mississippi State University, campus Ties families STEM learning for college and college-bound students. Learners work with bite-sized lessons created by trusted experts. Campus Ties has built-in assessments, and upon completion of courses, learners receive micro-certificates that can be displayed in their portfolios.
Carter Emmart – This is a TED talk on space and demonstrates a 3D approach to seeing beyond our solar system.
CLEAN – Climate Energy & Awareness Network – A collection of 600+ free, ready-to-use resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists.
Discovery Education Of the People: Space Day 2015 – Take a tour of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and meet the scientists and engineers working on some of our nation’s space programs.
Energy.gov – Here one can pull down energy literacy videos.
More Energy Lesson Plans – From Energy.gov this is a compilation of energy videos.
Exxon Mobil: Let’s Solve it – This site is loaded with a wealth of information such as Math and Science that focuses on STEM and much more. Included in this website are areas such the Sally Ride Science Academy, the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Information on grants is also shown as well.
Mars Activities – Another great product from NASA (in PDF Format
NASA – Digital Learning Network (DLN) – DLN provides video and guest speakers who are experts in their respective fields to talk about how they use STEM in their careers. It is a free website with great options. Guest speakers can be set on your time through video conferencing from anywhere in the United States.
NASA – Neon – Neon is a federal program designed in conjunction with NASA and Penn State University that concentrates on lesson plans, technology advancement, space exploration and much more! It is another free website where an educator can network with colleagues from many careers and connections.
NASA Wavelength – For Earth and Space Science Education.
National Science Board – National Science Board site provides educators with the national action plan for STEM education and a list of educational opportunities for teachers and students.
The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) – The NSDL is the nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
National Science Foundation (NSF) – NSF Resources for STEM Education breaks down the information into four domains: Teacher Development, Instructional Materials, Assessment and Research Syntheses.
New England Primate Conservancy: K-12 Lesson Plans – Helps students learn more about the wonderful world of animals through these lesson plans.
Periodic Table of Tech – How the tech world views the periodic table of elements.
PhET – Free on-line physics, chemistry, biology, Earth science and math applications interactive site.
Planetarium – Explore the stars and planets from your web browser. (Also a chrome extension).
Save On Energy (Thanks, Caroline!)- An animated guide to the science of electricity.
Save On Energy (Thanks, Caroline!) – This site shows an animated guide to how batteries work.
Science Fair Projects – An excellent collection of ideas/resources.
Science4us – Free Elementary Science Resources for STEM teachers
Singing Scientific – A great way to incorporate art into STEM concepts. The focus here is weather climate change integrated into art.
Snowstorm caught on video – The video shows an aerial footage of the incoming storm from Buffalo that dumped several feet. Ideal for showing weather and technology in action.
Sophisticated medicine – a story about a female doctor who inspires to bridge many STEM concepts.
Space School – An online resource site to help students and educators push the boundaries with space-related education to help learn the skills for tomorrow.
STEM City PHL – They’re developing the next generation of STEM professionals in Philadelphia.
STEM Education Coalition – The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs. Some useful parts include the statistics in the resources tab and legislative information.
Switch Zoo Animal – Great way for students to learn the differences in animals & also compare them in a unique way.
TIPS (Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme) – Science CPD 4 Sci Educators – an incredible way to add life to Science.
Travel By Drone – A cool site for science and geography teachers to tie in the land, eco systems, etc.
Virginia’s Share, the Skies, is the nation’s first statewide program enabling students to study astronomy during the day using research-grade telescopes. Students use the Internet to access and control telescopes in Western Australia and explore the night sky of the Southern Hemisphere.
Volcanic Explosion – Witness a volcanic explosion as it happens off the coast of New Guinea.
3D Printers Guide – By far, one of the best sites I’ve seen to help users understand the vast differences between 3D printers. If you have questions about 3D printers, look here first. A must read!
3 Tech Ninjas – A website of three expert techies that provides a ton of resources from flipped classrooms to QR codes.
3D Cad Files – Free and accessible. Look at this site to see the differences.
3D Gallery Walk – Upload the pics and videos you want to emphasize, and it turns into an instant gallery walk.
The Best Website Builders – Valuable insight for possible web developers. Provides useful information for those serious about taking your webpage to the next level! Thanks to a very special young lady who aspires to become a superstar in computers!
Computer & STEM Careers – The name says it all. A trove of information on how to excite students on STEM.
Cyber Degrees – STEM professionals across the world emphasize the importance of having employees with invaluable skill sets in cyberspace. This site provides insight on how to acquire a bachelor’s or master’s degree in #Cybersecurity.
ConsumerAffairs’ Guide to 3D Printers – Provides an introductory overview of 3D printing with expert comparisons of some of the top 3D Printers as well as hundreds of verified consumer reviews. Useful for those who don’t know a high-quality lot about 3D printers and their differences.
40 STEM apps – The name says it all for kids.
Apple iPads usage – From Apple, this site lists several favorite apps that will make critical thinkers out of your students.
Class Badges – Award badges for all different learning experiences.
Bouncy Ball – Great for classroom management; the balls bounce on the level of noise in the classroom.
Book Creator – How to create a book with the microphone.
Brainshark – myBrainshark is one of the best educational websites that allows students to add a voice over to Word documents, Powerpoint presentations, videos and photo albums- or to just produce podcasts.
Calculators for Kids! – various calculators available for students to focus on the product rather than the process.
California Institute of Technology – Animations of Earth quakes, tectonic shifts and more!
Capzles.com – This site provides users another way to present work. Similar to Prezi but different. A perfect example that it could be used for is in a timeline.
Coggle it – Great for mind mapping and brainstorming.
Classtools-Connect Four – A game to review key terms/vocabulary and the connections between them.
Fotojet – This site is very user-friendly and provides students and teachers alike to vary their approach on numerous things. I particularly like the number of options available and am impressed at how easy it is to use. An excellent way to synthesize information into one location.
Free Technology for Teachers – From iPads to apps, this site is ideal for educators who want to add more to their lessons.
Free Tools Challenge – This site has 26 tools that are perfect for students, teachers, bloggers, and more.
GetKahoot – A neat way to make a game with 1-1 technology and assess understanding of the material. Best of all it’s free! Very similar to poll everywhere.
Google for Education – Brings a whole new dimension of teaching and learning through Google.
Highlighter for PDF – Synopsis is a new way to highlight pdfs in apps. Great for critical thinking.
Haiku Deck – A new way to make presentations come to life…best of all it’s now Power point!
HsTry: – Create interactive timelines.
Intel – One of the best websites that provide curriculum, lessons, and scientific inquiry. It also focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking in fields such as computers and engineering.
Lockheed Martin – Lockheed Martin’s STEM Education Outreach is devoted to making a difference in the classroom. Be sure to check out the STEM Portfolio and the Engineers in the Classroom tabs!
Lucidpress – It can make posters, flyers, newsletters, magazines, ebooks, presentations, and anything else you want.
MashMe – Turns You Into An Animated Character automatically
Manufacturing Stories – Users are provided multiple examples of how manufacturing coincides with STEM on a consistent basis.
Microsoft – This PDF contains valuable information from Microsoft that gives validation to support the STEM initiative. Enclosed in the document is information on other Microsoft-STEM related materials such as Microsoft IT, the Washington STEM initiative, and Microsoft Math Partnerships.
Online Collaboration Tools – From Google to finding apps for higher level thinking, this is a site for you!
Padlet – Padlet, possibly the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world.
PBS Stem Teacher’s STEM Education – Over 4000 lesson plans available for teachers.
Postermywall – PosterMyWall is an incredible educational technology for creating artistic, and high-quality posters, photo calenders, collages or photo cards that can be easily shared online or printed out.
Screencastomatic – Screencast-o-matic is a fantastic screen recorder that allows its users to capture anything happening on the screen along with voice and video from a webcam for up to 15 minutes in the recorders’ free version.
Stratasys 3D Printing Curriculum – Here is a great and innovative way to integrate 3D printing into STEM lessons.
The Simple Dollar Student Budget Guide – Creating a budget early in your college career can help you avoid the struggles many students face as they graduate and face their debts for the first time. While the word “budget” often conjures images of a restricted life void of any fun or excitement, that doesn’t have to be the case. In practice, a budget is nothing more than a plan created to track your spending and make the most of the dollars you earn.
Team Maker A simple random team generator that lets you create teams quickly and easily.
The Teacher’s Guides To Technology And Learning – Sites to help teachers use new technologies from Twitter to Google glasses.
Ted Talks for Youth – Centered topics for kids by kids.
Ted Ed – for Educators to build a lesson.
Top 100 for Learning 2014 – Name says it all. A great resource for finding new ways to teach the material.
Voxer – a new way to use your voice with groups to message, walkie-talkie for team communication.
Who to follow on Twitter? – This site provides students and teachers alike the people who are the leaders in the new millennial.
Zaption – Turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding.
ASME – The ASME.org Community is a social space where you can connect with your colleagues stay up to date on the latest mechanical engineering news, and share your thoughts on industry topics. This link directs you specifically to K-12 Education resources.
AUVSI – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle hub for a wealth of information.
Discover Engineering – Whether you are a volunteer, partner or parent, this site assists students to gather more information about engineering.
Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction – Helps educators center on engineering through building and design.
High Schooler’s Guide to Preparing for a Top Engineering College – This robust, downloadable guide gives students all the information they need to succeed in high school and kickstart their journey to engineering school. In each of the guide’s six chapters, both students and parents will find detailed tips on everything from selecting high school courses to applying for college.
National Society of Black Engineers – A good site to help promote and encourage more minorities into the Engineering Field.
Robotics Database – Whether you are looking for ground, water or aerial vehicle, I recommend you stop here first.
STEM is Elementary – Scaled down lessons for elementary teachers to use in their classes. Some good engineering projects are here.
STEMNET – STEMNET (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Network) premise is to focus on STEM-related topics in Great Britain. Here you can register as an ambassador and share/exchange.
NEA’s 10 Best STEM Resources — Multiple sources here to use! Emphasizes curriculum and professional development.
Tinkercad: a free, easy-to-learn online software to create and print 3D models.
Classroom in the Kitchen Lesson Plans – One of the best places to make a classroom is in a kitchen. See the lesson plans here!
Coin Flip – A great way to combine probability and coding.
CreditRepair.com – (From Lindsay!) – who wanted to share with everyone Learning About Money. This is a resource built for kids.
Google Maps Gallery – Has the opportunity to tie in Latitude and Longitude with Math and Social Studies. Also great for Science.
Math Coaches Corner – Great Math site that includes a blog and other useful resources.
Math Lesson Plans for Shopping – Taking actual shopping and turning it into a math lesson. Good real life scenario for kids!
MIT Blossoms – Videos for high school courses for Math and Science. Great tie into a lesson.
Money Resource Guide – an excellent way to tie in STEM is through money and finance.
Practical Money Skills for Special Needs Kids – Develops and helps students understand the value of money and how to exchange.
Rapping Math & Science Lessons – A good way to hook students into a lesson for math and science.
Real Estate, Math, and Financial Literacy for K-12 – Want your students to learn more about finances, real estate, and other math skills? Look no further!
Siemens STEM Academy – This site provides users with other top-notch STEM websites and organizations devoted to the STEM field. It is a one-stop site that hosts a plethora of useful information and tools.
Sphero Education: Core lessons and STEM challenges give kids a fun crash course in coding while sharpening their skills in math & science.
The STEM Directories – A unique site that focuses on STEM information in the United Kingdom. Lessons can be converted to the United States and matched to your curriculum and lessons.
Top 100 Tools for Learning – Results of the 8th Annual Survey or Learning Tools for 2014.
100+ STEM Websites & Webtools for Educators – 100+ STEM websites & Webtools for Teachers – great site for multiple subjects to integrate
Other STEM Subject / Ideas / Organizations
10 Totally Terrific Current Event Resources – The site speaks for itself. Need a reason to tie in a lesson? Use these resources.
The American Council of STEM Educators – A site dedicated to improving the quality of STEM Education across the US.
Arizona STEM Network – For educators, business advocates and also a site for tools four teachers
Arizona STEM Resources – These links contain state-specific resources for teachers/districts. The list is composed of state leadership organizations, professional development connections, ties to K-16 outreach organizations and both formal and informal STEM programs. The links provide schools/districts with programs to shape the type and scope of STEM program they want to implement.
Buck Institute of Education – Multiple subjects and STEM integration
California STEM Learning Network – CSLNet’s mission is to help California prepare the nation’s most STEM-capable graduates.
Center for Integrative STEM Education – One of my favorite sites. In conjunction with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).
Computer Science Education Resource Guide – A Trove of valuable information for those wishing to learn more about CS fields.
Connect Innovate UK – From the United Kingdom, another great STEM resource.
Cutting Edge Computer Science – Superb job of giving a timeline of events and includes locations of top CS jobs.
Educational Psychology – 20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn.
Encouraging Women in STEM: Resources, Scholarships, and Expert Advice for Support Gives multiple resources and tips for encouraging women to pursue a STEM profession.
FAA – Here there are multiple resources for users to use for aviation related lessons and activities.
Find a Mentor – Here you can find a manufacturing mentor in your area that ties in professions with STEM.
The Fletcher School – has great Google apps for education as well as iPad info &l is designed for special needs students.
Guide to Finding Lesson Plans – From the University of Illinois, this site is exactly what it says.
ICTEvangelist – Mark Anderson’s website devoted to creativity and innovation for all 21st Century users. Tons of info, and sites to utilize from learning and teaching to leadership. I highly recommend that you visit this site if you have not done so already.
K-12 STEM Curriculum – These links contain the best open source K-12 curricular resources currently available including STEM units and individual lessons.
LabTV Videos – LabTV films feature compelling real-life stories by enthusiastic DOD professionals that demonstrate exactly why classroom studies matter.
Lesson Plans for Military Kids – From Military Kids Connect, it gives users a variety of lessons and activities.
Library of Congress – Tons of lessons and resources for STEM (Technology – currently). Can be separated by state, and grade.
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – The best-compiled STEM Site that I have seen by far.
MA STEM Initiative – A plethora of sites devoted to Massachusetts and the North East part of the United States.
MIT Blossoms – BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students’ learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Our Video Library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
National STEM Centre – from the UK, this site provides users another resource to access.
National STEM Resources– These links contain nationally acclaimed STEM organizations, research data and targeted strategies to assist teachers/districts with implementing programs with a comprehensive design approach. Schools and organizations may use these links to research existing programs to determine how to create best, add or enhance a STEM program at their site.
Northeastern University – Center for STEM Education – The Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University seeks to build and support a community of educators, researchers, and students, with the collective goal of strengthening the K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational pipeline in Greater Boston and across the nation.
North Carolina STEM Center – Strategies that Engage the Mind. There are multiple resources on this site.
Open Colleges – The leading online education provider in Australia. We offer distance learning courses that are both flexible and affordable. Also, check out our blog for learning and teaching resources.
PBS STEM Education Resource Center – Tons of activities and lessons here.
Sesame Street STEM – A great place to help introduce STEM concepts to young children.
STEM S3 – The Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education – Everything from defining a STEM school to what a STEM school should do. One of the best sites I’ve seen to define STEM and how it should be implemented. Funded by the NSF on a national study.
STEM Development in the military – Multiple projects listed here.
STEM is Elementary – This site is designed to help users become familiar with understanding STEM and its integration into the pre-K – 6 curricula.
STEMgeo.com – The STEM One-Stop-Shop where the U.S. STEM Challenge will be Solved – Together.
STEMFinity – Free K-12 STEM Resources.
STEM Jobs – A website exclusively for finding out the stem related jobs to the colleges that produce them.
STEM Education Resources – DoDSTEM.US seeks to provide teachers, students, and parents resources to inspire and cultivate a diverse pool of world-class STEM talent, capable of filling our workforce needs and providing continuous access to STEM talent throughout the nation.
STEMStudy – STEMStudy is a centralized source of articles, videos and interactive content that focuses entirely on college preparation and the application process. On both the website and the app, students can find application checklists, a STEM scholarship guide, a STEM career glossary, and a quiz that matches their STEM passion with a related career path. STEMStudy has a website and an app as well
Top STEM Careers – This site provides the top 100 STEM Careers from 2008-2018 and best of all, it gives more insight as to some of their careers with interactive websites.
University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies: K-12 Lesson Plans – Looks to be the beginning on a good site focused on transportation-related lesson plans.
US Dept of Education (STEM) – A site dedicated from the US government for STEM.
Women in STEM – From scholarships to college degrees, this is an excellent site for women to help bridge the gender gap.