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STEM Resources

With the plethora of resources available regarding STEM education, it can be daunting to know where to begin your search. The sites listed are intended to be a helpful starting point for learning about STEM standards, getting ideas for lesson plans, finding STEM resources, and discovering opportunities for all ages to engage in STEM within the state of Minnesota.

If you can’t find what you are looking for or need more specialized assistance, please call the STEM Education Center at 612-626-1705 and we will be glad to assist you.

STEM General Resources:

getSTEM is a program which organizes events, provides resources (links, RSS feed, media) and creates discussion through forums in order to increase student and educator engagement in STEM fields.
eGFI is a program offering classroom activities, lesson plans, news, outreach programs and web resources for K-12 educators to enhance their students’ math and science skills through engaging, exciting classroom activities.
Girls Go Tech
Girls Go Tech is a gateway for young girls of all backgrounds to discover careers and organizations which will engage and education them in STEM fields.
High Tech Kids
High Tech Kids is a nonprofit organizations that works hard to inspire kids to build confidence, create opportunities and thrive in the 21st century through high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions that celebrate science and technology.
National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is an online portal to various games, videos, blogs and other resources meant to engage kids in biological, environmental, and other nature-related sciences.
University of Minnesota K-12@U
The University of Minnesota K-12 offers a list of different programs available for grades K-12.
Education World
Education World provides a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information.
NARST is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research
The Association for Science Teacher Education is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels
Brain Pop
BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.
Project Lead the Way
PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning..
Companies to Classrooms
Companies to Classrooms is a non-profit organization that supports students and teachers by providing educational supplies free of charge through the operation of a store staffed by volunteers and stocked with recycled or excess supplies and inventories donated by local businesses.
Brain Cake
Working with girls age 11 - 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
February 24 - May 8, 2011
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day serves as a call to action for parents and professionals to focus on getting more girls into engineering and technology. Each year during Engineers Week, "Girl Day" encourages thousands of women engineers, with support from their male counterparts, to directly mentor girls and young women in K-12 with hands-on experiences in engineering. In honor of its tenth anniversary, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2011 has set a goal to reach 10,000 10-year-old girls with positive engineering experiences during a ten-week period: February 24 - May 8.
NCWIT Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum
NCWIT Programs-in-a-Box are comprehensive resources for accomplishing a parity goal. Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum introduces youth ages 9 - 14 to the fundamental building blocks of computer science -- without using computers. Lessons address critical mathematics and science concepts such as number systems, algorithms, and manipulating variables and logic.
Mixing in Math offers Earth Day Resources
Celebrate Earth Day on April 23 with green-themed projects and games from Mixing in Math! Mixing in Math offers a number of free English and Spanish resources for formal and informal K-6 educators.
Mentor Network from the Association for Women in Mathematics
The Association for Women in Mathematics has developed a mentor network for women and girls who are interested in mathematics. Mentors are located at colleges and universities throughout the country. The Web site offers the option to mentor or be mentored by submitting a request form to determine needs and interests.
NGCP Program Directory
The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.
NGC Project
The National Girls Collaborative Project sends out a monthly newsletter sharing resources and projects with the public on gender equity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
PBS Design Squad
Design Squad introduces kids to engineering by offering STEM-related videos and a community for kids/teens to get inspired and share creative ideas. Design Squad also has a parents and educators section with STEM guidelines, lessons and classroom-ready resources.

Licensure Programs

Minnesota state licensure in science education
Science teachers are in high demand, and this program will prepare you to step into your classroom with confidence. Take advantage of the college's solid mix of theory and practice, as well as all the resources that come with studying at a top research institution.

Science Education Resources:

NASA aids both educators and students K-12 and post-secondary with providing and locating classroom resources and materials such as podcasts and video segments that help to inspire and engage students.
A kid's learning guide to the water cycle plus additional resources.
FOSS (Full Option Science System) is an inquiry-based science curriculum which offers activities and resources for grades K-8 in chemistry, biology, physics, planetary science, food science, earth science, anatomy and physiology, environmental science and geology.
BrainU is an organization which provides resources (glossary, standards, etc.), lessons, and interesting information for Grade 5-12 educators in the field of neuroscience.
Common Core Standards
The Common Core Standards provides a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in order to create a united front on the part of teachers and parents to help their students prepare for the future.
SciGirls aims to increase engagement among young women in different fields of science by providing information on oceans, technology, machines, earth science, mathematics, environmental science, and athletic science.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
Association for Women in Science
AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of STEM subjects across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women can achieve their full potential in these fields.
Try Science
Try Science is a gateway to the exciting world of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide.
SciMathMN is a non-profit, statewide education and business coalition advocating for quality K-12 science, mathematics and technology education based on research, national standards and effective practices.
Science Buzz
Science Buzz is a website focused on science in the news, emerging research, and seasonal science.
Cells Alive!
CELLS alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.
Access Excellence
Access Excellence is a national educational program that provides health, biology and life science teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network provides extensive support in nanoscale fabrication, synthesis, characterization, modeling, design, computation and hands-on anopen, hands-on environment, available to all qualified users.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

Technology Education Resources:

Minnesota High Tech Association

MHTA promotes the growth, sustainability and global competitiveness of Minnesota's technology-based economy through advocacy, collaboration and education.

Engineering Education Resources:

Engineering is Elementary

Engineering is Elementary is a program aiming to increase engineering literacy and engineering education by manufacturing curricular materials which integrate engineering and technology concepts with science lessons.

Kid Wind
KidWind is a project which offers information on electricity, renewable energy, wind energy and different project ideas which employ the idea of wind as an energy source. Kid Wind prides themselves on the wide range of educational work, from helping a fifth grader troubleshoot a homemade wind turbine to working with major industry partners toward developing regional training programs that impact hundreds of teachers.
Teach Engineering
TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers engineering content for K12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms.
SMETE is an organization that offers a digital library and Engineering Pathway, which links to quality teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science and engineering technology for both K-12 and university educators and students.
SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Engineering Pathway
Engineering Pathway offers information on different educational communities and resources for high-quality teaching and learning in applied science, math, engineering, information technology, and engineering technology for K-12 and university students and educators.
Engineer Girl
The EngineerGirl website is part ofan NAE projectto bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.
Try Engineering
Try Engineering is a portal which provides information about engineering and engineering careers, and helps young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be a part of their future.
Engineer Your Life
Engineer Your Life is a guide to engineering for high school girls, which provides information on what engineering is, and how it is useful for women in the workforce.
Engineering is Elementary
The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. is a leading resource to help educate visitors on the different engineering specialities and educational opportunities available.

Mathematics Education Resources:

Common Core Standards
Common Core Standards is an organization which aims to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so that teachers and parents are equipped to help their students fully prepare for the future.
Rational Number Project
The Rational Numbers Project is a program promoting the use of an educational model which teaches fractions in a way that emphasizes connections among different representations.
Figure This!
Figure This! provides mathematical challenges for families and interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families.
Illuminations- Marco Polo
Illuminations is a resource in different areas of education, including: online schools, home school curriculum, math tutoring and many more.
Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The MCTM is an organization of professionals dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of meaningful mathematics for all students by supporting educators in their efforts to improve mathematics instruction.
Math Forum
The Math Forum’s mission is to provide resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly technological world.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
goENC provides resources for professional development programs and for district curriculum coordinators. They can help by providing carefully selected online resources to support effective teaching and learning in K-12 math and science.
At Home with Math
The ten everyday math activities kit helps build math into the things most families already do--ordinary routines such as figuring out ways to save money, to share fairly, or to get somewhere on time. With these activities, children practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and using other important math skills while doing tasks that are a regular part of life.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.
K5 Learning
K5 Learning is a teaching resource that has free math worksheets for grades 1-6, as well as Pre-K and kindergarten worksheets and multimedia reading and math lessons.


Informal STEM Opportunities:

Bakken Library Museum
The Bakken Museum inspires a passion for science and its potential good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism.
Base Camp
Base Camp is the Northern Star Council BSA's newest outreach program facility.It is designed as a place - "Where expeditions begin" - to introduce young people from all communities to the type of activities that are core elements of Scouting and our "learning by doing" approach to non-formal education. Young people of all ages and backgrounds can experience the adventures of Scouting right in the heart of the metro area.
Bell Museum of Natural History
The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world. It is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark destination. It is a familiar point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota and a gateway to the natural wonders of our state. The Bell Museum serves young and old alike as they seek to find—and better understand and appreciate—their own place in a living, changing world.
Como Zoo & Majorie McNeely Conservatory
Ensuring excellence in animal and plant management and exhibit practices, inspiring our public to value the presence of living things in their lives, creating connections with our animals, plants, and gardens that foster appreciation, committing to a work environment characterized by open communication, collegial respect, collaborative spirit and integrity and being a historical, cultural and social destination with a variety of recreational and educational.
Great Lakes Aquarium
Great Lakes Aquarium provides on-site and outreach educational programming to learners of all ages. Daily interpretive programs give guests the opportunity to learn more about resident animals while watching them eat, play or interact with our staff
Leonardo’s Basement
Leonardo's Basement is an innovative educational organization for children and their families. They create imaginative learning environments where girls and boys ages 6 to 16 design and build their creative ideas, mixing art, science and technology.
Minnesota Children’s Museum
At Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning. Each of our seven galleries is uniquely designed to provide a hands-on, stimulating environment for children six months to 10 years old.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretums mission is to provide a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information, research and public education; to develop and evaluate plants and horticultural practices for cold climates; and to inspire and delight all visitors with quality plants in well-designed and maintained displays, collections, model landscapes, and conservation areas.
Minnesota Planetarium
The Minnesota Planetarium’s goal is to inspire, inform, and educate about our planet and universe. Through one of the oldest passions of humanity, we encourage scientific thought, technological advancement, and exploration.
Minnesota Zoo
Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.
Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota
The Raptor Center rehabilitates more than 700 sick and injured raptors each year, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations. An internationally renowned education facility, The Raptor Center trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation.
Science Museum of Minnesota
The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.
The Works
The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun.

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