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Top STEM Web Resources

In a Web search for the word STEM, Google returns more than 200 million results. STEM today is a hot topic and Web pages are being created at a frenetic pace, which can be quite overwhelming for users. Websites may have outdated information, be difficult to navigate and, occasionally, even provide bad information. Your time is precious, so to help you navigate the World Wide Web of STEM information I am providing my current pick of some of the best STEM resources available today.

STEM Education
Research based information on why STEM is so important for our young people and the future of our nation.

From the Afterschool Alliance:
America After 3, Full STEM Ahead 
Examining the impact of afterschool STEM programs 

From the White House:
Educate to Innovate 

From the U.S. Department of Education:
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership 


STEM Standards
Some of the best scientists and educators in the country have provided STEM education guidelines to successfully take young people from elementary school to college. Currently, 40 states have shown commitment to these STEM standards and 16 states have adopted them for their schools.

Next Generation Science Standards 


STEM Activities

A great number of STEM activities exist on the World Wide Web. The sites listed below contain some of the best.

General
Sally Ride Science @ UC San Diego 
NAA's STEM Gems
Howtosmile 
Extreme Science 
Kids. Gov 
National Science Teachers Association Learning Center 

Science
Exploratorium 
Evil Mad Scientist 
Science Buddies 

Math
Harcourt School Publishers Think Math! 
Math Counts
Education.com Fun Math for Kids 

Engineering
eGFI Dream Up the Future 
Engineer is Elementary 
Teach Engineering 
Engineer Girl

 


STEM Implementation Best Practices

For STEM to effectively prepare our young people for the 21st century, we must provide more than thematic, hands-on activities. It is important to implement STEM in a way that encourages active student-centric inquiry and develops critical thinking skills. The sites below provide tips and ideas on how to effectively teach STEM topics.

Click2SciencePD 
Middle Web All About the Middle Grades 
Understanding Science
National Afterschool Association Professional Development 


Adding Art to STEM to Make STEAM

Education works best when connections can be made to existing information. As STEM becomes a mainstay in our young people's education, it is increasingly important to integrate its content across other disciplines. To encourage innovation, try integrating art and design within the traditional themes of STEM. A fresh perspective can be energizing for both you and your young people.

STEM to STEAM 
STEAM - Not STEM 

I'm also looking forward to the on-going development of STEMNext, a national leader in increasing STEM learning.

Contributed by Andy the Science Wiz, NAA STEM Specialist Andy Allan

 

 

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#2 Leslie Wallant 2016-03-09 17:05
ElemMates™ is an endorsed interactive site and curriculum teaching introductory Chemistry and Engineering. ElemMates element based characters and their stories inspire hands on projects integrating arts, engineering and sciences. The curriculum includes interactive Periodic Table, Science Club materials as well as card and board games, books and videosUsed in NJ public schools, After School programs and museum courses. The science fiction novel, Evie & the ElemMates, like all science fiction fosters real life ideas.
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#1 Susan Matloff Nieves 2016-03-09 16:36
Just co authored a book Breaking Through!
A guide to promoting girls success in STEM
Prufrock.com
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