Have the right STEM inquiry question. Use Answer garden to gather student feedback including need to know ideas, possible answers, reflection, or new questions. Best of all take the results and make automatically make a word cloud with Tagxedo or Wordle.
Create fun, "augmented reality" interactive content on your iPhones, iPads and high-powered Android devices using Aurasma. Aurasma uses advanced image and pattern recognition to blend the real-world with rich content such as videos and animations called "Auras".
This is a wonderful resource from the people Read Write Think. Explore this tool and you will find ways to use it in the STEM classroom. Of special interest might include a way to incorporate the Make Your Own Cube section. This will get your STEM thinking cap going in a literacy way!
Chirp is an incredible new way to share information - using sound. Chirp sings information from one iPhone to another.
Helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
A Simple timer, designed for teachers or anyone else who needs to set timed tasks for groups of children in a classroom or similar environment. Displays an alarm clock graphic that counts down time.
Analyze video on your computer, iPhone or iPad with Coach's Eye. Coach's Eye allows you to zoom, slow-motion and draw on videos to highlight small details to your students.
An app for iPhone and iPad that allows students to "spin the wheel" and the app will choose from a variety of categories that you input into the app. It can be used to add a fun element to quizzing students, by allowing them to "spin the wheel" and then answer questions on the category the wheel lands on.
Desmos Online Calculator
This free, online graphing calculator is ideal for class presentations. A free registration allows you to save your documents/graphs/calculations.
Examine a tool that can facilitate great class discussions along with individual reflection. Discover amazing possibilities allowing students to compare and contrast just about anything.
Diigo is a multi-tool for personal knowledge management that aims to improve workflow and productivity, intuitively.
Provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications.
This incredible tool allows teachers to use their created videos or ones they find online and make them interactive for their students. It really is a great way to provide formative learning and assessment since online classrooms can be set up to monitor usage and answers.
Educreations is a recordable interactive whiteboard that captures your voice and handwriting to produce amazing video lessons that you can share online. Students and colleagues can replay your lessons in any web browser, or from within our app on their iPads.
Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.
Game Show Soundboard
An app for iPhone and iPad that produces game show sounds. This app can make quizzing students fun, allowing you to reward correct answers with a "DING DING DING!" sound.
Google offers a wide range of free tools that educators can use to enhance their teachings including Google Maps, Earth, Book Search, SketchUp, etc.
GreenScreen Movie Fx
Easily create a movie with your students using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. GreenScreen Movie FX puts the power of a Hollywood special effects studio in your pocket (well, almost!).
Guided Access helps students with disabilities such as autism remain on task and focused on content while using an iOS device, such as an iPad. It allows a parent, teacher, or administrator to limit an iOS device to one app by disabling the Home button, as well as restrict touch input on certain areas of the screen.
iBanner HD for iPad
iBanner HD produces a scrolling marquee allowing you to input data and deliver fun messages to your students on your iPad.
iCab Mobile is a web browser for the iPhone®, iPod Touch® and the iPad®. It provides many features which makes surfing in the web much easier.
iMovie makes it easy to turn your home videos into your all-time favorite films. You can also store and organize your videos by event, similar to photo albums.
Built by teachers, for teachers, so students can get the most out of the writing process. As students become creators - not just consumers - of information, the crucial role of teachers as discussion moderators and content curators in the classroom is very important. With Kidblog, teachers monitor and control all activity within their classroom blogging community. Using a tool like this is a great way tool to get those STEMversations going in the classroom.
A way to curate and present your resources quickly and simply by placing all electronic information in one place. Free registration.
Free collaborative meeting service focused on Document Sharing. When sharing, everyone can videochat, look at the same slide at the same time and annotate documents in real time.
K12 educators and MIT partner to make educational movies. Educators can make requests and search for a variety of STEM-related videos.
Video lessons enrich students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. The Video Library contains over 50 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
Mosa Mack: Science Detective
Mosa Mack: Science Detective is a series of short animated science mysteries that redefines the image of a scientist. In each episode, Mosa uses critical thinking skills to solve each mystery and shows students that scientific thinking is a part of their everyday lives.
This free app for iOS devices allow teachers to create digital presentations and digitally interact with their students in real time.
This app allows you and your students to use your iOS devices to operate as buzzers. Your students can use their iPhone or iPad as a remote to "buzz in" to answer questions, similar to Jeopardy.
Turn any web information resource into a manageable document that can be archived in your e-curriculum. Print Friendly allows anyone to turn cluttered yet amazing resources into a PDF file that can be posted digitally or printed.
Pulse of the Planet
Each weekday, this radio series provides listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.
Puppet Pals HD
Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time on your iPad! Simply pick out your puppet actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later.
This free tool can help students manage their ongoing PBL groups while keeping the teacher informed of class progress. It really is an effective classroom management tool providing a real sense of accountability for important student collaboration.
Socrative allows teachers to digitally play games and ask questions to their students in real time using tablets, smart phones and laptops. The teacher controls the flow of a variety of questions and games available on Socrative.
Create and record custom photo slideshows on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad and share them with your students.
With Strip Designer you can create your own personal comic strip right on your iPhone or iPad.
A unique visual bookmarking tool that helps users keep their favorite links in order.
Do you enjoy making word clouds and are looking for a tool that allows you to assign the shape and even save the image as a jpeg? There are many ways Word Clouds can be used in the STEM Classroom. Take a moment to explore Tagxedo and then design your own STEM Word Cloud Lesson.
An app for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch, TeacherKit is a personal organizer for the teacher. It enables the teacher to organize classes, and students. It's simple and intuitive interface enables teachers to track the attendance, grades and behavior of students.
This unique tool is based on Bloom's Taxonomy and allows teachers to ask the right STEM based question! You will find it provides focus, probing, essential, and a driving aspect to any question. This is bound to put the action verb into any STEM classroom lesson design.
The Periodic Table of Videos
Fun, informative videos that cover each element of the periodic table.
An app for iPhone and iPad that is a noise level meter built for the classroom. The app has been designed to assist a teacher to keep control of general noise levels in a classroom using a visual stimulus.
Another wonderful tool from read Write Think. Students can make their own trading cards. They can be based on concepts, people, objects, places, or any other idea that relates to your STEM content. Print them off and use them in an activity.
Visual Ranking Tool
Explore this amazing tool that allows teachers to set up a classroom where students work independently or in groups to rank tools, concepts, and ideas. Not only can students rank but they can embed reasoning and compare their conclusions with others. Best of all, it is all observable and recordable by the teacher. A great STEM resource!
Students can explore the amazing cell and the processes contained within it by taking a guided virtual journey.
Wikispaces makes managing class a breeze, with tools to handle day-to-day work and features to tackle the special activities. Educators can get free, private, secure space for their class.
Introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers-not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.
Tool used for generating "word clouds" which give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. Educators can tweak their clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes for their classroom.
Sites & Initiatives
Looking to turn STEM to STEAM by including the Arts? Check out this fantastic resource from the Kennedy Center hosting numerous lessons that integrate Art in the curriculum. You will find yourself promoting true innovation as you link your STEM curriculum into the Arts.
Caine's Arcade is a short film about a 9 year old boy's cardboard arcade, located in his dad's used auto parts store in East LA. An amazing use of engineering and imagination!
Construction Management Degree
Discover one hundred great experiments that will let kids construct, play, learn and grow. Best of all, students are studying the amazing fundamentals of engineering in an engaging way.
Critical Thinking Puzzles
Looking for some puzzles that will turn on the STEM while providing higher level thinking skills for students? Check out these puzzles that can be used to allow students to think outside the box while promoting collaboration.
Enhances the teaching of social studies through C-SPAN's primary source programming and websites.
This premier national high school cyber defense competition was created by the Air Force Association. Its mission is to inspire high school students toward careers in cyber security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A great way for kids to get skills, innovate, and meet others who share the same passions Kids can make their own portfolio where they share what they make and do. They also earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges. Educators may wish to consider starting a DIY Club or DIY Classroom.
The Economic Rebound: It Isn't What You Think
An article from Wired magazine describing the emergence of a new sector of "smart" jobs, focusing on computer engineering.
Engineer Your Life
A guide to engineering careers for high school girls including profiles on current engineering jobs and guides for counselors and parents.
This engaging website demonstrates challenging middle school mathematics and emphasizes the importance of high-quality math education for all students. While it was created to allow for family interaction, it is also figures into the STEM classroom. The site allows students to have the opportunity to face some every day real life math challenges.
Flipping the Classroom with Dr. Lodge McCammon
Transform your teaching with this "1-take" video approach. Dr. McCammon provides practical strategies that can be implemented to increase valuable classroom time while meeting the needs of diverse learners.
Google Earth Blog
Google Earth Blog is dedicated to sharing the best news, interesting sights, technology, and happenings for Google Earth.
How Things Fly
A site with engaging activities, simulations, and information that answers an age-old question. This excellent online exhibit is a provided to flight enthusiasts by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Teacher Resources
Professional organization for technology, innovation, design and engineering educators; features a wide range of resources and links to teacher resources sites.
Junior Science and Humanities Symposia Program
JSHS has a mission to challenge and engage students (Grades 9-12) in the STEM disciplines. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by participating in research.
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Interactive lessons and activities where kids can use their hands, feet, eyes, ears, brain, imagingation and cool tools to experiment, design, test and discover amazing things about the world around them. Additional teacher resources are also available.
Minnesota STEM Initiative
Statewide initiative that provides resources, links, interactives and more to encourage students to explore STEM topics and teachers to inspire students.
An education website to help students discovery firsthand how their participation in certain STEM coursework can lead directly to exciting and rewarding careers.
My Big Campus
An academic social learning platform for students that is part social network, part LMS and part professional development.
NASA - For Educators
Provides STEM resources for grades K-12 including lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games and more for teachers and students.
The NASA Quest Challenges are free Web-based, interactive explorations. They are designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. These real life solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel giving students an authenticity to learning.
National Center for the Advancement of STEM Education
Provides resources to schools, teachers and students to increase the interest and engagement of young people in STEM.
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
National Engineers Week 2013
Engineers Week celebrates the positive contributions engineers make to society and is a catalyst for outreach across the country to kids and adults alike.
National Math and Science Initiative: Designing for Scale through Replication of Existing Programs (NMSI)
Identifies proven projects related to math and science with the potential for wide-spread success, particularly those focused on producing strong math and science teachers, strengthening existing teachers' skills, and expanding the pipeline of STEM capable students.
National Science Digital Library
NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources and collections for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research.
National Science Foundation Classroom Resources
A diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, students, and families from the National Science Digital Library.
National Science Foundation Engineering Resources
Lessons and web resources aimed at classroom teachers, students and families to promote interest in engineering.
National Science Teachers Associate (NSTA)
Professional organization committed to science education and promoting excellence and innovation in science
teaching with thousands of products and services available to science teachers nationwide.
National Stem Foundation
The National Stem Foundation is committed to promoting STEM education by serving educational institutions and organizations.
Our Future Demands - STEM
An article by Microsoft promoting the education of STEM. The article illustrates that, over the next decade, there will be a signi?cant shortage of quali?ed college graduates to ?ll STEM careers in the United States.
Pennsylvania STEM Initiative
Statewide effort designed to establish a network of partners and programs that support the development and deployment of STEM education and workforce development.
Site allows teachers and students to jump out of the textbook and bring the real world and physics together in your classroom.
Pioneers of Flight
This is an engaging online exhibit that allows exploration of aviation's amazing past. Participants can see how innovation and the STEM fields have been an important part of aviation history.
An online digital online magazine making real world sense out of Math. Another plus... it is free. Most important it is all about the discipline of Mathematics. This is a wonderful resource that will bring the authentic world of math to your students.
Pulse of the Planet
An online streaming site that provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide, blending interviews with extraordinary natural sound.
School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA)
An inclusive professional community of researchers and teachers who promote research, scholarship, and practice that improves school science and mathematics and advances the integration of science and mathematics
Teens have the opportunity to engage in science through some amazing thought provoking science journalism. Interesting reading that connects STEM with CommonCore literacy.
An amazing K-12 science education resource produced by AAAS. Discover free teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities. Lessons and activities can be printed or used online. Many of the interactive, e-sheets, and tools work on the interactive white board, in a computer lab, or a 1 to 1 program.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition
The STEM Education Coalition works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays in enabling the U.S. to remain the economic and technological leader of the global marketplace of the 21st century.
A free site that allows you to create and save screencasts to use in your class. A screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen.
Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge
Welcome to the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet.
Skate Board Science
Students like the idea of the excitement that skateboarding brings. Perhaps they do not know the Physics that applies to Skateboarding. Speed through an exciting activity provided by the Exploratorium. You and your students will discover STEM in the fast lane!
Society for Science & the Public: Student and Teacher Program Index
With more than 300 programs listed, this site offers a comprehensive catalog of science, mathematics and engineering enrichment programs for pre-college students and teachers.
STEM and Our Planet
The environment is a compelling context for teaching and engaging our students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Real-world STEM curriculum and career development resources from Discovery Education highlighting the connections among science, technology, engineering and math.
With more than 5000 STEM stakeholders' profiles, its purpose is to map the STEM Education activity of organizations and all states.
The STEM Dilemma
Promoting STEM subjects is a national priority to keep America competitive in the 21st century. This infographic displays the dilemma.
STEM Education on Facebook
An online Facebook community for the sharing of STEM school resources for educators, parents, and students.
STEM Education Resource Center
Provides a variety of science, technology, engineering and math resources including free, self-paced modules for teachers.
STEM for ALL
A project dedicated to expanding the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content into out-of-school time programs across the country.
A resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals, volunteers, and everyone passionate about getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Serves as a laboratory to create models and methods of innovative informal education and link them to the formal education system.
Established in the United Kingdom, with the aim of providing up-to-date resources and documents to support the high quality teaching of Mathematics. On this site, educators will discover mathematical PBL ideas, scaffolding activities and more.
Teacher Center - STEM Connect
STEM Connect is the captivating real-world STEM curriculum and career development resource from Discovery Education.
Serves as a laboratory to create models and methods of innovative informal education and link them to the formal education system.
TED-Ed's commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED's mission of spreading great ideas through its amazing talks. Within TED-Ed's growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, some STEM, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform.
Offers lesson plans, activities and interactives to help educators build a cross-curricular classroom.
This website is all about engineering and engineering careers. It provides information that allows students to discover engineering in fun and engaging ways. It also delivers career pathway advise and answers that are important to students as they consider engineering.
U.S. EPA Educational Resources for Teachers and Students
Collection of information, resources and publications, and links to awards, grants, workshops, conferences and other programs.
Organizations & Associations
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. Be sure to read the area entitled enhancing education for some great education resources.
The BUCK Institute (BIE) is a nonprofit organization that is a world leader in promoting, providing resources, and training teachers in PBL (Project Based Learning). It promotes authenticity in student work and the crossing of disciplines such as STEM in order to show connections as students learn by doing.
Change the Equation
Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States. One interesting are is the vital signs of STEM that gives a state by state report along with STEMtistics and the STEM Data Base.
International nonprofit organization dedicated to global project initiatives between classrooms across the globe. Many included projects focused on world STEM related issues.
This organization known as the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association has a strong emphasis on STEM education. It is a mission of ITEEA to strengthen education through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities.
Are you looking for an open source Algebra book that provides interactivity and covers those important standards? Then check out this free resource from the CK12 Flex Foundation. Best of all you can add and remix to suit the needs of your students and district.
Global Cardboard Challenge
Discover this amazing site that invites you and your students to explore and innovate with cardboard. This is a STEM possibility that almost any class can do regardless of budget. Explore the site and then dream of the possibilities in your STEM classroom.
Instructables For Teachers
Instructables supports teachers by providing free pro memberships along with some awesome project ideas for any classroom. Educators will find plug and play hands-on projects that can supplement a STEM curriculum wile facilitating student innovation and creativity.
Information Society for the Information Age
Society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.
Institute of Play
This Institute is interested in games and play as complex eco-systems extending beyond the game space to involve networks of people in a variety of roles and rich interactions. It believes that Learning represents just one activity within this larger, highly engaging system. Such systems type thinking plays a role in STEM education.
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. Mission is to promote technological literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and promoting the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits
National Academies of Science
The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Discover news, issues, resources, and policies devoted to promoting science across the nation.
National Science Foundation
Independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense."
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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.
National Science Teachers Association
Member-driven organization that publishes books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college. Additionally, NSTA provides ways for science teachers to connect with one another, while informing Congress and the public on vital questions affecting science literacy and a well-educated workforce
The National Science Digital Library has some outstanding resources that include numerous links to some great STEM programs and organizations.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
University consortium with a strategic partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), that brings together university faculty and students to collaborate on major scientific initiatives that help keep America on the leading edge of science and technology.
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math in the United States. Additionally, Siemens supports outstanding students and recognizes the teachers and schools that inspire their excellence. The Foundation helps nurture tomorrow's scientists and engineers. The Foundation's mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens' U.S. companies and its parent company, Siemens AG.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs.
STEM to STEAM
This organization is an advocate for STEAM education. It contains resources and information that allows educators to promote the Arts in STEM education (STEAM). An objective of the STEAM movement is to transform research policy with a goal place Art + Design at the center of STEM.
STEM Ed is the STEM Education Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It was founded in 1995; its predecessors began in 1986 to work to improve STEM education in K12 and higher education.
Successful STEM Education
This National Science Foundation initiative provides information, events, and resources that highlight promising practices and tools in support of effective K-12 STEM education.
While TED has some amazing videos worth watching, TedEd has some videos worth putting into your STEM Lessons. In fact these go beyond the video and provide the entire lesson. You can even learn how to contribute!
The College Board
A not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Our mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
An agency that houses a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. Since its inception, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.