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Top 25 STEM Resources

Posted by Travis Rink on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

STEMResources-01.pngDemand for skilled workers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) is constantly growing, so how do we prime today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow? Educators can take advantage of a wide range of informative websites, innovative games and apps, and engaging products—all created with STEM learning in mind. We’ve compiled this list of our Top 25 resources to help you learn more about how to best prepare students for careers in STEM fields.

  1. Angry Birds Space: Yes, this well-known app is primarily a game involving shooting birds at pigs, but students will see gravity’s effect on orbiting projectiles as they launch the birds in outer space to complete a variety of puzzles.

  2. Bill Nye the Science Guy: For years, Bill Nye has been making science fun and entertaining for kids. His website includes videos, home demos, and educational resources, giving parents and educators the opportunity to let students try his experiments firsthand.

  3. CareerOneStop: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, students can use this resource to learn more about STEM careers, including occupations they may be interested in, internships, training, and education options.

  4. Code.org: Aimed at increasing diversity in computer science, Code.org reaches students of all backgrounds and skill levels to offer expanding access to computer science and inspire students to keep learning.

  5. The Curious Kid’s Science Book by Asia Citro: Offering over 100 hands-on activities for children aged 4-8, the creative experiments included in this book use household items to teach important STEM skills.

  6. DiscoverE: Working with over 100 organizations, DiscoverE unites and supports engineering and technology volunteer communities in order to bring educational programs—such as Girl Day, Future City, and Global Day—to K–12 students.

  7. eGFI: Founded by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), this interactive website is committed to improving K–12 STEM and engineering education, offering something for everyone with an interest in engineering.

  8. Engineer Your Life: High school girls interested in engineering can take advantage of this resource, where they can review career options and be introduced to young women engineers. Additionally, a section for parents and counselors offers suggestions for how to advise students who want to pursue engineering.

  9. The Everything STEM Handbook by Rihab Sawah MS, MA, and Anthony Clark, PhD: Written by two professors, this handbook offers an array of stimulating, hand-on activities and ideas for parents and educators who want to implement STEM learning at the elementary level.

  10. FIRST LEGO League: Guided by mentors, innovative students in grades 4-8 gain science, engineering, and technology skills as they research real-world problems and develop solutions by designing, building, and programming robots using LEGO® bricks.

  11. From STEM to STEAM: Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts by David A. Sousa, EdD, and Tom Pilecki, MA: Arts activities have been proven to enhance skills that are critical for achieving STEM success. This book details techniques to help educators fit arts into their lessons, with sample lesson plans, a worksheet template, and tips for collaborating.

  12. How Stuff Works: A team of writers, editors, podcasters, and video hosts put out an array of informative content detailing how the world actually works. This award-winning source shares unbiased, reliable findings with nearly 30 million site visitors each month.

  13. iLearn With: Designed with the help of teachers and developmental experts, this collection of educational apps covers a wide range of subjects, including math and science. These learning games and activities feature progress tracking, detailed stats, and a personalized learning path—all while proving that games can be both fun and educational.

  14. Kids.gov: Offering a safe place to learn and play, kids.gov links students, parents, and teachers to information and services geared toward enhancing the learning level and interest of students in a variety of subjects—including science and math.

  15. Labdisc portable lab: This wireless, compact STEM lab allows students to engage and connect with science from anywhere, with inquiry-based learning in a variety of science fields.

  16. MimioConnect® interactive teaching community: Looking for interactive STEM-based lessons for a certain grade or specific subject? This online teaching community allows you to find and share an array of lesson plans and activities with fellow educators.

  17. MimioView™ Document Camera: Bring your lessons to life with high-definition pictures and live video, complete with plug-and-play simplicity for quick, easy setup.

  18. Morphonix™ LLC: Founded in 1990, this “Brain Game” company has developed a series of award-winning video games and apps that make abstract scientific concepts more comprehensible for children and teens.

  19. Move the Turtle: Is your child the next master coder? This app teaches children basic programming concepts in a graphic environment, helping them acquire skills, implement their own ideas, and even learn advanced commands.

  20. NASA Education: NASA offers a range of educational programs and projects throughout the year in order to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in STEM fields.

  21. National STEM Video Game Challenge: Launched by President Obama in 2010, the Challenge invites middle school students, high school students, and educators to design games that incorporate STEM content or themes in innovative and engaging ways.

  22. Sid’s Science Fair: Created by PBS Kids, this app includes three stimulating Science Fair games specially crafted to engage early learners—from the ages of 3 to 6—with core science and math concepts.

  23. STEM Learning Essentials by Jo Anne Vasquez, PhD, Dr. Cary Sneider, and Michael Comer: This useful guide offers tools and strategies to help educators for grades 3–8 implement authentic STEM learning into their classrooms. The more advanced engineering and technology practices are blended into existing math and science lessons, engaging students while they master these important skills.

  24. Successful STEM Education: The Successful STEM Education Initiative assembled a panel of experts to survey schools that are highly successful in STEM subjects and report their findings in order to help other schools. This site offers information, events, and resources that recommend successful practices and tools in order to enhance K–12 STEM programs across the nation.

  25. Virtual Frog Dissection: This app allows students to learn all about frogs and their biological functions without the mess left by traditional dissection. Students will have access to 3-D organ views, dissection tools, and detailed labels—without having to involve live frogs.

In order to succeed, students need to not only learn STEM skills, but also understand how these disciplines apply to the world around them. Educating today’s students to prepare them for the future can be daunting, but these resources can help parents, educators, and students alike achieve their education goals.

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