STEM Activities

NASA for Educators

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.

The Connectory: Finding STEM activites in Areas

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Connectory makes the connections to STEM learning opportunities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.

Engineering Everywhere Free Curriculum

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. We address America’s pressing need for effective STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through three platforms: Curriculum development and dissemination Professional development (PD) for teachers and teacher educators Educational research and evaluation EiE serves children and educators in grades K–8 with research-based, teacher-tested curriculum materials for schools and out-of-school time programs. We also help teachers build skills and confidence in teaching engineering and technology in our professional development workshops. And through conference papers and publications, we share the knowledge we’ve gained with the national community of educational researchers.

STEMfinity

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Buy STEM products here!

You for Youth

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

As its name suggests, this site is about you and the young people you nurture. But it's more than that. It's also a reflection of what we've heard from you. You asked for an online professional learning community that helps you connect with your colleagues and share what you've learned about best practices. You asked for professional learning opportunities in areas such as (1) supporting positive relationships with children and youth, (2) providing professional development and technical assistance opportunities, (3) creating partnerships, (4) managing your program, and (5) leading your staff. You asked for tools and resources to create positive experiences for the children in your programs and help them achieve their dreams. And guess what? Your priorities support the results of our research, which tells us that students who attend high-quality afterschool programs are more likely to do better in school, make positive choices about their health and well-being, and show improved communication and social skills with peers and adults. Congratulations to you for changing the field of afterschool and improving the lives of our children!

Project Lead the Way

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.

Teach Engineering

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units and living labs.

Teach Engineering SPRINKLES

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

In late 2014, sprinkles were added to the Teach Engineering collection. These easy-to-conduct, mostly 60-minute-or-less, hands-on engineering activities are abbreviated versions of the most popular TeachEngineering activities and are designed for informal learning settings, such as afterschool clubs—and are also provided in Spanish.

PBS kids

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

You can design and build your own cool contraptions just like the Design Squads do. ZOOM will inspire you and show you how. Now start brainstorming!

Collection of STEM resources-Afterschool Allianace

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Interested in improving your afterschool STEM program, or getting involved in afterschool STEM for the first time? Check out our funding guide and explore some of the best curriculum, professional development, evaluation tools specifically developed for teaching STEM in the out-of-school-time environment.

Kidz Science

Grades: 3, 4, 5

The AfterSchool KidzScience program for grades 3–5 is designed specifically for out-of-school settings. This inquiry-based science program offers 15 kits: Four green science kits Four life science kits Four physical science kits (shown here) Two forensic science kits NEW! One Earth and space science kit Engaging Activities Each kit includes instructions and materials for four sessions—each building upon one another, though they can also stand alone to accommodate flexible attendance. The sessions are engaging and easy to lead. They’ve been created to: Excite children about science Build science knowledge and inquiry ability Help children learn important cooperation and teamwork skills Leaders don’t need a background in science to lead the sessions effectively and only need minimal time for preparation and cleanup.

EngineerGirl

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world's population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come.

Family Engineering

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Family Engineering invites educators, engineers, university science and engineering students, community youth leaders, and parents to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers with exciting, hands-on activities and events for elementary-aged children and adults.

engineering-GO FOR IT (eGFI)

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Here you will find a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed.

A World in Motion (AWIM)

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

OUR K-8 STEM EDUCATION SOLUTION AWIM is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning.

NASA for Educators

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.

STEM Clubs

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

There is a vast array of STEM-related activity resources that are suitable for use in a STEM Club setting. Some organisations have also developed specific resources for clubs, but what you want to do will depend on the STEM subject, length of time and other factors, such as working with a STEM Ambassador.

The Connectory: Finding STEM activites in Areas

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Connectory makes the connections to STEM learning opportunities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.

Engineering Everywhere Free Curriculum

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. We address America’s pressing need for effective STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through three platforms: Curriculum development and dissemination Professional development (PD) for teachers and teacher educators Educational research and evaluation EiE serves children and educators in grades K–8 with research-based, teacher-tested curriculum materials for schools and out-of-school time programs. We also help teachers build skills and confidence in teaching engineering and technology in our professional development workshops. And through conference papers and publications, we share the knowledge we’ve gained with the national community of educational researchers.

STEMfinity

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Buy STEM products here!

You for Youth

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

As its name suggests, this site is about you and the young people you nurture. But it's more than that. It's also a reflection of what we've heard from you. You asked for an online professional learning community that helps you connect with your colleagues and share what you've learned about best practices. You asked for professional learning opportunities in areas such as (1) supporting positive relationships with children and youth, (2) providing professional development and technical assistance opportunities, (3) creating partnerships, (4) managing your program, and (5) leading your staff. You asked for tools and resources to create positive experiences for the children in your programs and help them achieve their dreams. And guess what? Your priorities support the results of our research, which tells us that students who attend high-quality afterschool programs are more likely to do better in school, make positive choices about their health and well-being, and show improved communication and social skills with peers and adults. Congratulations to you for changing the field of afterschool and improving the lives of our children!

Save the Animals STEM Kits

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Next Generation Science Standards​ include engineering as a disciplinary core idea along with life sciences, earth/space sciences, and physical sciences. STEM Teaching Kits complement your middle grades science curriculum with field tested, research-based design activities and the scientific concepts and practices that support design.

Project Lead the Way

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.

Teach Engineering

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units and living labs.

Teach Engineering SPRINKLES

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

In late 2014, sprinkles were added to the Teach Engineering collection. These easy-to-conduct, mostly 60-minute-or-less, hands-on engineering activities are abbreviated versions of the most popular TeachEngineering activities and are designed for informal learning settings, such as afterschool clubs—and are also provided in Spanish.

Materials World Modules

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Materials World Modules (MWM) are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle and high school students. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and has been shown to improve science knowledge for all students.

PBS kids

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

You can design and build your own cool contraptions just like the Design Squads do. ZOOM will inspire you and show you how. Now start brainstorming!

Collection of STEM resources-Afterschool Allianace

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Interested in improving your afterschool STEM program, or getting involved in afterschool STEM for the first time? Check out our funding guide and explore some of the best curriculum, professional development, evaluation tools specifically developed for teaching STEM in the out-of-school-time environment.

Engage Intel

Grades: 7, 8, 9

Design and Discovery is a comprehensive inquiry-based curriculum, which introduces students ages 11-15 to engineering through design. The curriculum is organized into six sections which are further divided into 18 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours and includes two to four 20–90 minute hands-on activities. Each activity includes a facilitator instruction page and a student handout with directions for students. Many activities also include a student reading. Some sessions include a Home Improvement activity, which should be completed at home with input from family members. Key Concepts provide supporting information for the facilitator on new concepts introduced in sessions 1-12.

EngineerGirl

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world's population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come.

Family Engineering

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Family Engineering invites educators, engineers, university science and engineering students, community youth leaders, and parents to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers with exciting, hands-on activities and events for elementary-aged children and adults.

engineering-GO FOR IT (eGFI)

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Here you will find a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed.

A World in Motion (AWIM)

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

OUR K-8 STEM EDUCATION SOLUTION AWIM is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning.

NASA for Educators

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.

STEM Clubs

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

There is a vast array of STEM-related activity resources that are suitable for use in a STEM Club setting. Some organisations have also developed specific resources for clubs, but what you want to do will depend on the STEM subject, length of time and other factors, such as working with a STEM Ambassador.

The Connectory: Finding STEM activites in Areas

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Connectory makes the connections to STEM learning opportunities that inspire young people to explore, discover, and create.

Engineering Everywhere Free Curriculum

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston. We address America’s pressing need for effective STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through three platforms: Curriculum development and dissemination Professional development (PD) for teachers and teacher educators Educational research and evaluation EiE serves children and educators in grades K–8 with research-based, teacher-tested curriculum materials for schools and out-of-school time programs. We also help teachers build skills and confidence in teaching engineering and technology in our professional development workshops. And through conference papers and publications, we share the knowledge we’ve gained with the national community of educational researchers.

STEMfinity

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Buy STEM products here!

You for Youth

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

As its name suggests, this site is about you and the young people you nurture. But it's more than that. It's also a reflection of what we've heard from you. You asked for an online professional learning community that helps you connect with your colleagues and share what you've learned about best practices. You asked for professional learning opportunities in areas such as (1) supporting positive relationships with children and youth, (2) providing professional development and technical assistance opportunities, (3) creating partnerships, (4) managing your program, and (5) leading your staff. You asked for tools and resources to create positive experiences for the children in your programs and help them achieve their dreams. And guess what? Your priorities support the results of our research, which tells us that students who attend high-quality afterschool programs are more likely to do better in school, make positive choices about their health and well-being, and show improved communication and social skills with peers and adults. Congratulations to you for changing the field of afterschool and improving the lives of our children!

Save the Animals STEM Kits

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Next Generation Science Standards​ include engineering as a disciplinary core idea along with life sciences, earth/space sciences, and physical sciences. STEM Teaching Kits complement your middle grades science curriculum with field tested, research-based design activities and the scientific concepts and practices that support design.

Project Lead the Way

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Project Lead The Way provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging, hands-on classroom environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills they need to thrive. We also provide teachers with the training, resources, and support they need to engage students in real-world learning.

Teach Engineering

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units and living labs.

Teach Engineering SPRINKLES

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

In late 2014, sprinkles were added to the Teach Engineering collection. These easy-to-conduct, mostly 60-minute-or-less, hands-on engineering activities are abbreviated versions of the most popular TeachEngineering activities and are designed for informal learning settings, such as afterschool clubs—and are also provided in Spanish.

Materials World Modules

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Materials World Modules (MWM) are hands-on, inquiry and design-based units for middle and high school students. Based on materials science and nanotechnology principles, this interdisciplinary approach engages students, adds relevance to traditional curriculum, and has been shown to improve science knowledge for all students.

PBS kids

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

You can design and build your own cool contraptions just like the Design Squads do. ZOOM will inspire you and show you how. Now start brainstorming!

Collection of STEM resources-Afterschool Allianace

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Interested in improving your afterschool STEM program, or getting involved in afterschool STEM for the first time? Check out our funding guide and explore some of the best curriculum, professional development, evaluation tools specifically developed for teaching STEM in the out-of-school-time environment.

Engage Intel

Grades: 7, 8, 9

Design and Discovery is a comprehensive inquiry-based curriculum, which introduces students ages 11-15 to engineering through design. The curriculum is organized into six sections which are further divided into 18 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours and includes two to four 20–90 minute hands-on activities. Each activity includes a facilitator instruction page and a student handout with directions for students. Many activities also include a student reading. Some sessions include a Home Improvement activity, which should be completed at home with input from family members. Key Concepts provide supporting information for the facilitator on new concepts introduced in sessions 1-12.

EngineerGirl

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Why girls and women? Because despite an increase in female participation in many traditionally male-dominated professions such as medicine and law, women remain grossly under-represented in engineering. Engineering and engineers are central to the process of innovation, and innovation drives economic growth. Diversity of thought is crucial to creativity, and by leaving women out of the process of innovation we lose a key component of diversity and stifle innovation. We want the creative problem-solvers of tomorrow to fully represent the world's population, because they will be the ones to ensure our health, happiness, and safety in years to come.

Family Engineering

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Family Engineering invites educators, engineers, university science and engineering students, community youth leaders, and parents to inspire the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers with exciting, hands-on activities and events for elementary-aged children and adults.

engineering-GO FOR IT (eGFI)

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Here you will find a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed.

A World in Motion (AWIM)

Grades: k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

OUR K-8 STEM EDUCATION SOLUTION AWIM is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Benchmarked to the national standards, the AWIM program incorporates integrated STEM learning experiences through hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM learning.

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