STEM at School

Exciting ways students are connecting with STEM in the classroom.

GLOBE, the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, has created science-based storybooks with classroom activities to teach Earth system science. These resources introduce students to key concepts in climate, water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols and Earth system studies.

Here are three space-flight related ebooks from NASA.

CRaTER is the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation, a shoebox-sized instrument circling the moon on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The purpose of CRaTER is to detect cosmic rays that can be harmful to an astronaut's body. Using the downloadable pages, students can make a comic book that explains cosmic rays, the danger of cosmic rays and how CRaTER works. The book is targeted to grades 9-12 and informal educators.

CRaTER Comic Book

Story Time from Space is a project of the nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation. They send books to the space station, where astronauts record themselves reading the books. They also record videos of curriculum-linked experiments and demonstrations.

Story Time From Space

This page lists past webinars and links to subscribe to new webinars. The webinars are from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and The McAuliffe Center of Framingham State University. The offerings include STEM subject-based sessions as well as sessions addressing the challenges of virtual learning.

McAuliffe Center-WPI Teacher Webinars

The National Science Teaching Association provides this page of links to various sites providing virtual learning experiences in many areas of science.

NSTA Virtual Labs Collection

EcoMUVE is a curriculum that was developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that uses immersive virtual environments to teach middle school students about ecosystems and causal patterns. It features a pond and a forest component, each a 2-week inquiry-based investigation. On the overview page is a resources tab that brings you to a site to register and access the materials.

Harvard EcoMUVE curriculum

PhET is a repository of simulation activities in Math and Science. This page lists translations of some of these activities into 93 languages.

PhET Translated Simulation Activities

The National Council of teachers of Mathematics provides Core Math Tools, a downloadable suite of interactive software tools for algebra and functions, geometry and trigonometry, and statistics and probability. The tools are appropriate for use with any high school mathematics curriculum and compatible with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in terms of content and mathematical practices. Java required.

NCTM Core Math Tools

Illuminations provides standards-based resources and materials that illuminate the vision of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for school mathematics and improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for each and every student. Lessons and activities on Illuminations can be searched by grade level and broad mathematics area.

NCTM Illuminations


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