STEM at School

Exciting ways students are connecting with STEM in the classroom.

Teachers can sign up for a free newsletter from NASA featuring the "first A in NASA", aeronautics. The newsletter highlights educator professional development sessions and features new lessons and activities.

NASA Aeronautics Newsletter

Science from Scientists provides lessons and programs developed and delivered by trained scientists. They focus on elementary and middle school grades.

Science from Scientists Lessons

The NASA Glenn Research Center is celebrating its 80th anniversary. As part of that celebration they are sponsoring a student essay contest, The entry categories are

4th-5th grades

6th-8th grades

9th-12th grades

Students can choose from 3 essay topics.

NASA Glenn Essay Contest Information

The National Science teaching Association provides Daily Dos, activities that engage students in authentic, relevant science learning. These activities cover a broad range of grades and topics and require students to share and evaluate ideas, give and receive critique, and reach consensus. Topics are searchable by grade level.

NSTA Daily Dos

Schools, classrooms, educational organizations, homeschools, and families can register their students for these activities. Students under 18 should be registered by a teacher or guardian. Educators can register once on behalf of their entire classroom or organization. The dates for each of the education plans are completely flexible.

Mission to Mars Student Challenge

The NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University provides live educational webinars at no cost. There is a busy schedule of diverse topics covering basic science to mission-specific results.

STEM Webinars from NASA-TSU


This free online unit is offered by the Mass DOE in partnership with EVERFI. It aims to help students in grades 6-9 take practical steps to protect their privacy and safety online. Students will learn critical digital literacy skills such as how to evaluate content for accuracy, perspective, and motive. It also helps students acknowledge the benefits of online communities and resources while guiding them to successfully navigate potential pitfalls in their digital lives.

Ignition: Digital Literacy

Mass DOE Free Courses page

This is a free online course offered by Mass DOE in partnership with EVERFI. It is an interactive program for exploring STEM careers for middle school students (grades 6-9). These lesson plans enable learners to engage with interactive content that reinforces key STEM skills while discovering some of the exciting STEM opportunities that await.

Endeavor: STEM Exploration for Middle School

Mass DOE Free courses page

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

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