STEM RESOURCES

ABC Teach - Science

The Science section of the ABC Teach website includes free resourcesfor teachers, including printable worksheets, interactive activities, theme units, and more. While some resources are free, paid membership is required to access others.

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Adventures in Chemistry

Adventures in Chemistry captures the interest and imagination of pre-Kindergarten and elementary students through interactive activities divided into four sections: experiments, secret science of stuff, games, and science ABCs. Students  learn about real-life science to build a strong foundation in chemistry.

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Amazing Space

The Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach promotes the science and majestic beauty of the universe to the education community through Amazing Space. The materials developed for educators and learners of all ages are accurate, instructionally sound, visually appealing, and carefully crafted to adhere to accepted educational standards. Materials cover topics such as gravity, galaxies, and black holes.

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American Society of Civil Engineers

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) website has educational resources for students and teachers in grades K-12. Fully aligned with national education standards, ASCE resources and hands-on activities can help introduce students to engineering and help kids connect science and mathematics to real-life concepts. Resources include information, activities, continuing education courses, and a free student portal.

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Annenberg Learner

Annenberg Learner offers free professional development resources for K-12 teachers to help them teach and stay current in their fields. Professional development resources provide teachers with research on effective teaching strategies, their connection to national education content standards, and how they have been applied in classrooms. Video resource components are paired with websites that include online texts, course and workshop guides, and background information that enhances the learning experience. Using these resources, teachers can learn from experts, other teachers, and even students who reveal their unique interpretations of the content.

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Annenberg Learner for Students

Annenberg Learner for Students has fun and interactive self-paced lessons for students to explore topics of interest to them. This section is organized as exhibits, which are interactive extensions of a concept or theme explored in one of the video resources. Teachers can also integrate these into their lessons.

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Argonne National Laboratory

Managed by UChicago Argonne, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center where researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia, and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, and technology. Argonne also offers educational programs to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers by connecting science to the classroom. Argonne’s website has educational resources for elementary, middle, and high school students. Its resources range from video discussions with Argonne scientists to virtual tours through Google Hangouts to live streaming of public lectures. This website has a number of other resources that can engage students in science projects and discovery.

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Arizona STEM Network

The Arizona STEM Network, led by Science Foundation Arizona, is a collaboration between businesses, educators, government, and philanthropy with a common agenda to graduate more Arizona students who are prepared for the global economy through STEM education. The Arizona STEM Network provides a variety of resources for students, teachers, and parents, such as a STEM immersion guide and a STEM club guide.

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ASCEville.org

The kid-friendly website developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), encourages children to explore the impact of civil engineering in the world around them and see the exciting challenges that civil engineers experience in their jobs. The website shows that engineering is creative and rewarding and plays an important role in our everyday life. The site is set up as a city (Adobe Flash required), and students can find answers about engineering topics by clicking on various parts of the city (e.g., click the skyscraper to learn about how a skyscraper is able to stand up).

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Ask an Astronomer

On Ask an Astronomer, students and teachers can search archived answers by topic and can submit their own questions to be answered by astronomers. 

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Ask Dr. Math

Funded by Drexel University, this website provides students a forum to post and receive answers to difficult math problems and concepts. Students can browse or search questions and answers or submit their own question.

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BioEd Online

BioEd Online is an educational resource for educators, students, and parents. The site offers free, interactive courses and lessons on a wide range of topics, including genetics/genomics, environmental health, and the science of water. Materials are sorted by topic. Users must create a free profile to access the courses.
 

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BioInteractive

At BioInteractive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom. The video resources range from a series of short films on evolution, hosted by an award-winning author-scientist, to lectures on the brain given by a Nobel-prize winner—all supplemented by teacher guides and classroom activities. 

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Biology4Kids

It's not just biology for kids, it's for everyone. If you are looking for basic biology help and information, use this site. They have information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and other life science topics.

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Bioscience Education Net

Managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bioscience Education Net (BEN) provides access to teacher resources from its collaborators. BEN has over 20,601 peer-reviewed resources covering 77 biological sciences topics, such as bioengineering, cell biology, and aquaculture. BEN resources can help engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national content standards.

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Blend Space

Blendspace allows teachers to quickly blend content from different sources to create digital lessons to use in the classroom. Users must register, but registration is free.
 

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Broadening Participation in STEM

This section of the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education website provides research briefs and videos on STEM education. These resources focus on increasing involvement in STEM in several ways: supporting interest and achievement for underserved or underrepresented student populations; increasing teacher diversity and voice in STEM research, development, and policy; and forming strategic research and development partnerships.

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Buck Institute for Education

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) shows teachers how to use project-based learning in all subjects and grades, which can be particularly useful for STEM projects. BIE offers professional development on how to design, assess, and manage projects that engage and motivate students. The website has research, planning forms, and student handouts to read, videos and archived webinars to watch, and live webinars and online classes to attend.

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CASES Online

CASES Online is a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems. Through CASES, teachers can help students become motivated investigators, self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers, and keen problem solvers. The cases are grounded in problem-based learning, investigative case-based learning, and related student-centered pedagogies. The cases include relevant National Science Education Standards. Users must register to acess materials, but registration is free.

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Change the Equation

Change the Equation is a coalition of corporate members leading a movement to ensure that every young person in the United States is STEM literate and has high-quality STEM experiences that encourages lifelong learning. The Resources page of the Change the Equation website has STEM education resources for teachers and administrators, including a data tool for examining STEM education by state; information on ready-to-scale STEM programs; informal discussion around topics important to STEM; and other information to build a case for and design K-12 STEM programs.

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Chem4Kids

Chem4Kids has information on matter, atoms, and the periodic table. Lessons, activities, and quizzes are available for educators and parents to explore and share with their students/children. To fund Chem4Kids, some webpages have advertising.

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ChemEd DL

ChemEd DL provides access to multiple collections and services from the Journal of Chemical Education DLib and the American Chemical Society Education Division. ChemEd DL creates news communities for different education levels (e.g., high school, undergraduate) and provides resources in different sub-disciplines of chemistry (e.g., physical, inorganic) and different pedagogical areas (e.g., problem-based learning).

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CK-12

CK-12 is a nonprofit organization with the mission to enable everyone to learn in his or her own way. The website provides free online textbooks in math, science, engineering, and other subjects, along with online games on these topics. The site has both a student and teacher version.
 

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Click 2 Science PD

Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth. Resources include activities, an online discussion community, a blog, and mentoring resources. Users must create a free account to access the resources.

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Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network

The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) Portal was launched in 2010 as a National Science Digital Library Pathways project. It is led by the science education expertise of TERC, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. CLEAN stewards the collection of climate and energy science educational resources and supports a community of professionals committed to improving climate and energy literacy. CLEAN’s website holds hundreds of resources on climate and energy for secondary and higher education students. The resources have been rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists, and are ready to use in the classroom. Resources include learning activities, visualizations, videos, short demonstrations/experiments, and teaching guidance.

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Code Academy

Codecademy offers free interactive courses on how to code using CSS, Java, HTML, and other programming languages. Users must create a free account to access the resources, and some upgraded features require a paid membership.

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Code.org

Code.org is dedicated to expanding access to computer science and increasing participation by underrepresented minority and female students. Code.org believes computer science should be part of core curriculum so every student has the opportunity to learn computer science. In addition, Code.org works to increase diversity in computer science by reaching students of all backgrounds and skill levels in ways that inspire them to continue learning. The website contains a number of resources including web-based courses, such as Intro to Computer Science for K-8 students; the Hour of Code series that teach students 6 years and older how to code; tutorials to help students learn programming languages (e.g., Python and JavaScript); and activities for developing mobile applications. The resources on this site are for educators and students.

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ComPADRE

Produced by the American Association of Physics Teachers, ComPADRE is a digital library of educational resources used by researchers, educators, and students in physics and astronomy.  The website contains a catalog of teaching and learning materials and community collaboration tools. Examples of the resources and tools include simulations, animations, and images illustrating physical systems and processes, student tutorials, activities and labs that enhance learning, evidence-based science education practices, support for new physics teachers, and conference presentations.

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CoolMath.com

Coolmath.com offers easy-to-understand mathematics explanations for concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, and pre-calculus. The website also includes practice games (e.g., business simulations, card games, and Pac Man-type games) and references (e.g., mathematical dictionary, math survival and careers.in mathematics). The website is for ages 13 years and older and has a section where teachers can share information, practices, and successes. To fund Coolmath.com, some webpages contain advertisements.

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Cosmos4Kids

Cosmos4Kids is a kid-friendly website that introduces children to astronomy basics and the science of stars. The website has content on the universe, galaxies, stars, systems, the solar system, and exploration. In addition, the site has quizzes so students can test their knowledge of the solar system, and theme-based slideshows with astronomy images and explanations. To fund Cosmos4Kids, some webpages contain advertisements.

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CS Unplugged

CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach computer science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to computational thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

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Cyber Chase

CyberChase offers a range of online resources for future CISOs, including activities and games geared toward learning math, code, and similar concepts. To access educational information on STEM topics select any of the options from the homepage.

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Design Squad Global

Design Squad Global is web-based community that grew out of the PBS Kids Design Squad television series. The website is for children, ages 8 and older, and features creative activities, video, interactive games, and Contestss. Design Squad helps to give children a stronger understanding of the design process and the connection between engineering and the things used in everyday life.

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Digital Library for Earth System Education

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Digital Library for Earth System Education is a geoscience community with nearly 16,000 resources that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. The website supports all education levels and provides access to peer-reviewed teaching and learning resources, including lesson plans, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips. In addition, the library offers interfaces and tools that enable student exploration of Earth data and a community center that fosters interaction, collaboration, and sharing.

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Discovery Education

Discovery Education offers a range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the classroom. The website has programs and contests, interactive games, puzzles, lesson plans, and videos for grades K-12 in science, math, English, and social studies.

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Earth Observatory

NASA’s Earth Observatory shares images, stories, and discoveries about the Earth's climate and environmental change. This site includes current as well as archived news, data, and satellite images. Students can build animation sequences that demonstrate and compare a variety of changes on the global level. 

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Edsurge

EdSurge offers STEM resources for educators. The website posts STEM-related articles, research-based STEM guides, and product reviews on STEM curricula resources. In addition, EdSurge hosts in-person summits and provides a job board.

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eGFI Dream Up the Future

Hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education, eGFI, which means Engineering Go For It, promotes and enhances STEM education for K-12 students. The website has information and resources for students, teachers, and parents in the different areas of engineering (e.g., biomedical, computer, and mechanical) and features descriptions of professional paths for each, including profiles of real people at work in the field. Visit the website to access the free newsletter and blog; there are also resources available for purchase.

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Einstein Online

Einstein Online is a web portal with information about Albert Einstein's theories of relativity and their coolest applications, from the smallest particles to black holes and cosmology.

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Energy.gov Science Education

The Energy Department science education webpage supports science education through educational online content, resources for parents and teachers, internships and student partnership programs, and national events like Solar Decathlon and the National Science Bowl. Free online resources include videos on the principles of energy and energy-related coloring pages.

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EngineerGirl

The EngineerGirl website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering. It highlights the opportunities for girls and women in engineering. It is targeted to students in grades 5-8. The site provides career information and competitions related to engineering.

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Engineering Adventures

Engineering Adventures is a free STEM curriculum created especially for kids in grades 3-5 in out-of-school time programs! The units are available to download and include STEM activities that use common household materials.

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Engineering Everywhere

Engineering Everywhere is a fee engineering curriculum for middle school-aged youth in afterschool and camp programs. Engineering Everywhere empowers youth to tackle real-world engineering problems using the engineering design process, creativity, and collaboration. The downloadable units include STEM activities and supporting materials.

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EnvironmentalScience.org

This site provides a guide for students interested in environmental science careers. The site offers information on all aspects of becoming and working as an environmental scientist, including average salaries, common work environments, education requirements, types of environmental science degrees, and related job descriptions. It also includes a search tool to find an environmental science college program that fits the student's needs as well as information on scholarships and internships.

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Expii

Expii.com is a free interactive website, focused on math and science, where students, teachers, tutors, and enthusiasts provide explanations for various STEM topics. By cataloging multiple ways of explaining the same idea, the site allows users to personalize the way individual students learn about a topic.

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Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is a public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception. It develops innovative learning environments, enthusiastic leaders, and new knowledge for teacher professional development. The website provides teaching and learning activities, programs, and events for grades K-12. Professional development workshops are also available through the Teacher Institute.

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Funbrain

Funbrain includes interactive, educational games for children in grades K-8. Users can browse by grade level and subject area (e.g., math, grammar, science). For example, students can play Math Baseball or Bumble Numbers.

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Games Planet Arcade

This website is a portal to games and interactive educational activities that focus on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other organizations promoting environmental stewardship. The games are for students of all ages and include connect the dots, mix and match, scavenger hunts, puzzles, and more challenging games, such as Cloud Lab that requires students to use real NASA data to identify clouds and investigate the clouds’ role in severe storms.

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Geography4Kids

If you are looking for physical geography or earth science basics, use this site. It's not just for geography for kids, it's for everyone. This site has an introduction to the earth sciences that includes topics on the Earth's structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere (for a start).

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Girlstart

Girlstart for Educators helps educators empower girls in STEM. Here you will find free curriculum, formal and informal STEM best practices resources, effective messaging tips, collaboration opportunities and more. The site also offers an  e-mail newsletter with receive quarterly tips and resources on engaging girls in STEM. 

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Gizmos

Gizmos are interactive math and science simulations for grades 3-12. A free account is needed to access a rotating set of free Gizmos; to access the full library, a paid account is required.

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Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and engineering competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. The Google Science Fair celebrates the curiosity and investigations of young scientists everywhere. The site includes information on the competition, an activity toolkit to help students develop ideas into projects, and videos from science experts.

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Gray's Reef

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary is one of the largest near-shore "live-bottom" reefs in the southeastern United States. It is just one of 14 marine protected areas that make up the National Marine Sanctuary System and is governed by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. Gray’s Reef has converted marine science research into information for educators. The information includes onsite educational workshops, in-class presentations, and education publications. Visit the site to access the free educational materials.

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HippoCampus.org

HippoCampus.org is a free, core academic website that delivers multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and students. Teachers can use these as classroom resources, while students can use the site as a study resource.
 

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HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks provides easy-to-understand explanations of how the world works. Topics include everything from car engines to search engines and cell phones to stem cells. Each topic has a variety of comprehensive articles, helpful graphics, and usually an accompaning podcast and video. This information can be used as resource by students or teachers. 

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HubbleSite

HubbleSite contains information about all aspects of the Hubble telescope, such as missions, construction, and current news. The website has multimedia resources (e.g., numerous, searchable photographs taken by the telescope; videos about space; astronomy podcasts; and quizzes). The website content can be used by students for independent research and by teachers for classroom lessons. 

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iBiology

iBiology’s mission is to convey, in the form of open-access free videos, the excitement of modern biology and the process by which scientific discoveries are made. The aim is to let users meet the leading scientists in biology, so that they  can discover how to think about scientific questions and conduct research. The resources are useful classroom resources that can help explain biology concepts and increase students' interest in science.

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iEarn

iEARN is a nonprofit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN allows teachers and young people to work together online. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide. There are over 150 projects in iEARN, all designed and facilitated by teachers and students to fit their curriculum and classroom needs and schedules. To join, participants select an online project and integrate it into their classroom. Users can search active and archived projects around topics such as natural disasters and environmental stewardship.

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iExploreSTEM

iExploreSTEM is a nonprofit volunteer organization that brings communities together to appreciate and celebrate STEM. The organization connects leaders and stakeholders interested in improving STEM education and increasing the public understanding of science. It also helps communities produce public STEM events and introduce STEM into afterschool activities. The website includes resources for how to design and set up STEM events.

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Kahoot!

Kahoot! allows users to quickly create and share digital learning games on any subject that can be used in the classroom. The games can be played with others around the world. Users must register, but registration is free.

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Topics include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. "Math missions" guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. The site has also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.

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Kids Know It Network

Kids Know It Network is comprised of several academic topics from math, science, history, to language arts. This one-stop resource allows students, teachers, parent to explore the world of education. This site provides articles, text books, learning programs, music, games, lesson plans, activities, worksheets, and movies for each topic. To access educational information on STEM topics select any of the options displayed on the homepage.

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Kids' Science Challenge

The Kids' Science Challenge is a free nationwide competition for 3rd to 6th graders to submit experiments and problems for scientists and engineers to solve. Play science games, watch videos, and enter to win awesome prizes and trips. To access educational information on STEM topics select any of the options displayed on the homepage.

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Kinetic City

Budding scientists of all stripes will dig Kinetic City's collection of science projects, experiments, and educational games -- including activities that pull the young scientist away from the screen. To access educational information on STEM topics select any of the categories or icons displayed on the homepage.

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KnowItAll.org

KnowItAll.org is a portal to interactive educational resources for K-12 students, teachers, and parents. KnowItAll.org has content on several subjects, including math, science, and technology. This website is a community service of ETV, South Carolina’s public broadcasting network.

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Learn & Teach

The American Museum of Natural History provides programs, resources and more for educators and learners of all ages. The site lists student programs, workshops, seminars, and curriculum collections. Curriculum Collections are a collection of activities, articles, videos and more, for educators, families, students on topics ranging from biodiversity to dinosaurs.
 

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Learning Games for Kids

This site is for kids that love learning about animals and nature. Elementary school, middle school, and even high school students enjoy learning with exciting videos, music, and flash games! Here, they can learn more about jungle animals; underwater animals; land animals; and those that live part of their lives on land and part in the water, like amphibians. Both American students and students learning ESL (English as a Second Language) can improve their skills and learn more about nature with online flash games and online videos. Teachers can use these games and activities to help their students learn science lessons. And kids will have fun while learning! To access educational games on STEM topics, select any of the options displayed on the homepage.

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Learning Zone

This is a section of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Center for Science Education’s website. The Learning Zone provides student-friendly information on weather, atmosphere, and climate. It also includes activities and games on these topics.

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Lesson Corner

Lesson Corner announces the largest collection of free k-12 lesson plans on the web. Over 200,000 lessons available for students, tutors, parents, and teachers. To access educational games on STEM topics, select any of the options displayed on the homepage.

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Life Sciences Outreach Program

This Harvard University site has online lesson plans and scientific animations on the following topics: exploring biodiversity, physiology, microbiology, regenerative biology, evolution, neurobiology, immunology, and the biology of cancer.

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Manufacture Your Future

Manufacture Your Future is provided by Discovery Education. The website offers free downloadable lesson plans, videos, more STEM resources from the advanced manufacturing sector.

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Mars Education

The Mars Education lesson plans section serves as a resource for educators, grades K-12 to download and utilize in formal classroom settings. The lessons are free downloadable PDF documents. All of the Mars Education Program lesson plans include elements of inquiry-based learning that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards as well as problem-based learning and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 5-E instructional model. The lessons focus on space.

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Math Games and Calculator Kids

Here is a great interactive portal that explores several mathmatical concepts that all can benefit from in fun and exciting ways. This resource is beneficial to teachers, parents, mentors and students. Users are provided with oppurtunities to learn math and practice thier skills using special calculators and playing math games, too. Some games involve playing on the computer against yourself. You can set up other games for playing at home or outdoors. You could even learn amazing tricks to enable you to surprise your friends and family with numbers. You can also download worksheets to practice with.

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Math Is Fun

This Web site could be useful to parents, teachers and students.  It has fun suggestions for reinforcing and teaching math concepts from K-8.  There are links to worksheets that teachers are permitted to use and copy. To access educational information on STEM/Math topics select any of the categories or icons displayed on the homepage.

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Math Matters, Apply It!

Math Matters, Apply It! is an applied mathematics awareness campaign, created for anyone who wants to know more about the mathematics behind everyday life and the technologies we encounter. The site provides downloadable PDFs on a variety of topics including the math behind pedestrian movement, pattern formation, smoke animation, and more. Some of the topics are also available in Spanish. While some resources are free, paid membership is required to access others.
 

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Middle School Chemistry

Middle School Chemistry, provided by the American Chemical Society, has lesson plans, classroom activities, and background science information for teachers along with activity sheets, related reading, video demonstrations, and molecular model animations for students.

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Molecular Workbench

This site provides a collection of interactive simulations and learning activities produced using the Molecular Workbench software, which is also available as a free download to allow users to create their own scientific simulations.

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Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) is a leading edge, user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed, higher education, online learning materials created by registered members, and a set of faculty development support services. MERLOT's vision is to be a premiere online community where faculty, staff, and students from around the world share their learning materials and pedagogy. To access educational information on STEM topics select any related link or use the search box from the homepage.

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NASA - For Educators

This site includes lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games, posters, and more for teachers and students in grades Elementary, Middle, High, and higher education. The resources are related to space and astronomy.

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NASA Digital Learning Network

The NASA Digital Learning Network provides students and teachers access to videoconferences and webcasts that feature NASA-related STEM instruction. Students can take advantage of free interactive lessons and teachers can access free professional development events through distance learning.

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NASA eClips

The NASA eClips™ website contains short, educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, and help them to see real-world connections to STEM. Video content is aligned to national standards and allows for flexibility in timing, pacing, and sequencing of instruction. The videos are organized by grade levels K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The site also has a teacher toolbox with resources to help teachers plan lessons around the videos.

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NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a federally funded research and development facility managed by the California Institute of Technology for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. JPL develops space exploration technologies that have provided new information about Earth (e.g. climate, oceans, and geology) as well as technology applications for medical, industrial and commercial uses. This website offers students activities, toolkits, and contests to learn about these space technologies and offers teachers activities, resources, workshops, and programs to help them teach about space exploration technologies and their applications.

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NASA Kids Club

Students can use the resources and activities on this website to explore scientific topics and improve basic language and math skills. The resources and activities include printable worksheets, interactive games, and educational videos. The website is targeted to students of all ages and contains tips about special topics for teachers and parents.

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National Association of Biology Teachers

The National Association of Biology Teachers website has free resources for teachers that focus on animal projects for students. The resources include downloadable classroom curricula, field projects, hands-on activities, free teleconferences, guides, data sheets, and more. To access the free teaching resources, click on the appropriate menu link on the left side of the web page.

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National Engineer Week: Future City

The Future City Competition is a national project-based learning competition where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade imagine, design, and build cities of the future. The annual competition requires students to work in a team of other students, an educator, and an engineer mentor to plan cities; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their products and ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. To learn more about the competition, resources, and support, visit the website.

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National Environmental Education Foundation

The National Environmental Education Foundation complements the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by extending the agency’s ability to foster environmental education for the American public. This website contains information and resources about areas that can help people understand how the environment impacts their lives: nature, weather, climate change, and health.

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory provides a variety of educational resources to help teachers and parents educate their kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Resources include hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary, middle, and high school students.

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National Wildlife Federation

The free lesson plans presented on this site are designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification, and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards.

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NumberNut

This site offers an introduction to mathematics and its variety of topics. It's not just for kids, it's for everyone (even if you aren't a number nut).

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Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Education Homepage

The Education Homepage is a feature of the website of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), an office of the Department of Energy. This section of the website has resources for students (e.g., information on careers in clean energy) and teachers (e.g., lesson plans, science projects).

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Ology

Hosted by the American Museum of Natural History, the Ology website has science content for students in elementary through high school. The content covers Earth, life, and physical science. The resources include games, hands-on activities, stories, and videos. The site also has a section for educators that links to Ology’s partner ReadWorks, which creates free research-based curriculum materials for educators that complement the information on the Ology website.

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PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The website includes lesson content and information on content standard, all of which is searchable by content area and grade level.

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PBS Learning Media for Students

PBS Learning Media for Students provides K-12 students with science, math, and arts resources. Students can search assignments, projects, videos, and other resources, and mark the ones they like best as favorites to return to later on.

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PhET

PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. The simulations are written in Java, Flash or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. Simulations cover topics within physics, biology, chemistry, and other areas of science.

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Physics4Kids

If you are looking for basic physics information, use this site. It's not just physics for kids, it's for everyone. They have information on motion, heat and thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, light, and modern physics topics.

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Plum Landing (PBS)

Plum Landing is an environmental science project from WGBH Boston that helps kids develop a love for, and connection to, the planet. Plum Landing invites kids ages six to nine to get to know their world through a collection of fun and engaging games, apps, videos, and hands-on science activities. Each Plum Landing curriculum pathway provides a set of activities and media resources arranged in a thematic sequence and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. These pathways were put together with informal educators in mind—those running afterschool programs, summer camps or other out-of-school time programs.

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Ready Kids

Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ready Kids is a tool to help parents and teachers educate children ages 8-12 about emergencies and to help children get their families prepared. The website includes family-friendly pages and materials developed by Sesame Workshop and Discovery Education, including two games that will test children’s knowledge of a wide range of emergencies and teach them how to build the perfect emergency kit.

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Real World Design Challenge

The Real World Design Challenge is an annual competition that provides high school students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to work on real-world engineering challenges. Each year, student teams address a challenge that confronts our nation's leading industries. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop their solutions and generate presentations to demonstrate the value of their solutions. This competition provides opportunities for students to apply classroom learning to workplace technical problems. This website contains information for applying for and participating in the competition.

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Sci Girls (PBS)

SciGirls is an Emmy award-winning PBS Kids television show, website, and educational outreach program that draws on cutting-edge research about what engages girls in STEM learning and careers. SciGirls’ videos, interactive website and hands-on activities work together to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, with an eye toward future STEM careers. The site includes videos of women in STEM and STEM games.

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Sci Girls Connect

SciGirls Connect is a broad national outreach effort to encourage educators, both formal and informal, to adopt new, research-based strategies to engage girls in STEM.  The site offers free STEM activities and videos to engage girls in STEM.

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Science Kids

Science Kids is a science and technology resource for children. The website has science experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos, and science fair projects. For example, students can learn about the properties of materials as they experiment with a variety of objects or they can test the properties of metal, paper, fabric, and glass before using a blueprint to make objects from the different materials.

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Science Update

Science Update is produced American by Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general science society. Science Update is a daily, 60-second radio feature covering the latest discoveries in science, technology, and medicine. The Science Update website includes transcripts from the show, a weekly podcast, and the ability to ask a science question.

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ScienceNetLinks

ScienceNetLinks is part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Resources include STEM project ideas, lesson tools, professional development information, and more. Users can search by grade level, subject, and content type.

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Scratch

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy for students to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art for free -- and share their creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

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Shark Research Center

The Shark Research Center at the University of Miami website provides hands-on research and virtual learning experiences in marine conservation biology for K-12 teachers. Resources include a high school curriculum in marine conservation and policy, information on student field trips to the Center, and opportunities for speakers from the Center to present at schools.

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Shodor

Shodor is a nonprofit organization serving students and educators by providing computational science materials and instruction and offering workshops, apprenticeships, and internships for youth. The Shodor website includes resources that help students learn about computational science and help teachers incorporate it into the classroom. These resources include free, interactive, online science and mathematics courses and activities and the Computational Science Education Reference Desk, which is a portal to the National Science Digital Library of cataloged lessons and tools for teaching with computational science.

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SMARTR

This website provides math and science games and activities. The site developers worked with by youth to create the activities to make sure they are relevant and engaging. For example, there are games on the body, earthquakes, statistics, and probability. The site also includes resources on science and math careers.

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Smithsonian Education

Smithsonian Education is a gateway to Smithsonian educational resources for educators, students, and families. This website contains science and technology lesson plans to help educators plan, prepare, and teach STEM lessons. It also has information, activities, and games that will help students to explore, discover, and learn about science and nature (e.g., the universe, prehistoric climate change, moonwalks, and the ocean). The website also recommends activities for families, such as sleepovers at the Natural History Museum or watching videos of scientists at work. The website also links to other educational pages that focus on a specific science area.

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Spark 101

Spark 101 offers free 10-minute classroom videos—co-developed by educators, employers, and experts—that engage students in authentic STEM problem solving. Students learn how real challenges are addressed in business, government, nonprofits, and academic institutions.  The videos meet national and state educational standards and use a format proven to be effective in schools. Users must create a free account to access the resources.
 

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STEM Education Data

On the STEM Education Resource website you can discover the answers to important questions on STEM education and careers using the information from the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators report. Users can explore these topics through interactive charts and maps that focus on different topics across all levels of education and the STEM workforce.

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STEM Learning

The STEM Learning website houses thousands of curriculum-linked, quality-assured STEM teaching resources alongside materials produced by the STEM teaching community themselves. Free registration is required to acess the resources.

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STEM-Works

STEM-Works is a resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals, volunteers, and everyone passionate about getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. The site provides STEM activities and articles as well as information on STEM careers. Some services, such as student summer camps and teacher professional development, have a fee.

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TeachEngineering

TeachEngineering is a searchable, digital library collection of standards-based engineering curricula for K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math engaging through engineering design. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with free access to curricular resource of activities, lessons, units, and labs.

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Teacher.org Lesson Plans

This site provides free lesson plans searchable by subject and grade level. Within each lesson, you will find clear objectives, description of materials needed, a thorough procedure with an opening and a closing, as well as assessments and modifications. The lesson plans are submitted by teachers.

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Teachers Try Science

Teachers TryScience is a web site for teachers that provides free and engaging lessons, along with teaching strategies and resources, which are designed to spark students’ interest in STEM. The site also features collaboration tools to enable teachers to discuss and share effective instructional practices. 

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TechRocket

TechRocket is an online learning platform to help children, ages 10 to 18 years old, learn STEM skills. There are web-based courses for programming languages (e.g., Java, C++, Python, and iOS) and for designing video games for popular 2D and 3D platforms. There is also an online forum to post questions or talk to the social community, coaches to help with courses via chat, and other features that make learning fun. There are three types of memberships, which range from free to a monthly fee to an annual fee.

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The Biology Corner

The Biology Corner is a resource site for biology and science teachers and students. It contains a variety of lessons, quizzes, labs, web quests, and information on science topics for all levels, from introductory life science to advanced placement biology. To fund The Biology Corner, some pages contain advertisements.
 

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The Concord Consortium

The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization that improves teaching and learning through the integration of technology. The STEM Resource Finder on the website features free, open-source educational activities, models, and software tools. These are searchable by keyword or filter by subject, grade level, and type.

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The National Science Digital Library

The National Science Digital Library is an online educational resources for teaching and learning, with emphasis on the STEM disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual -- in local, state, national, and international educational settings. There is an extensive database offering resources from over 80 providers. Resources include games, lesson plans, case studies, and interactive reading modules for all STEM subjects.

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The Paleontology Portal

The Paleontology Portal was funded by the National Science Foundation and developed by the University Of California Museum Of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey. This website is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology—from the professional in the lab to the amateur scouting for fossils to the student in the classroom. It has resources including a time and space section that explores the history of life through geologic time in North America; a fossil gallery to learn what life was like in a particular time period and region; a database of paleontology collections, and profiles of paleontologists. Resources specific to K-12 teachers and students include links to other relevant websites and databases, information on paleontology careers, and information on fossil hunting.

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The Particle Adventure

An award-winning interactive tour for students of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors from the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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The Possible Worlds

The Possible Worlds digital games are designed to help improve student understanding of phenomena that are often the subject of scientific misconceptions. Developed by the Center for Children and Technology, the games are the centerpieces of modules that address four topics: photosynthesis, heredity, electricity, and heat transfer. Each module includes accompanying classroom activities that leverage students’ experiences within the games. The games are designed to help students build novel conceptual models; to complement teachers’ existing instructional practices; and to be familiar and fun to play.

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Thinkport Education

Thinkport provides digital activities and lessons for all ages, as well as support materials for educators. Resources such as cartoon videos and online games in STEM topics are available. Check out the editor's picks or use the Browse by Grade Band link at the bottom of the page.

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Understanding Evolution

Understanding Evolution is an education website teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site helps users understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time. Teacher resources include articles, tutorials, and teaching materials on evolution.

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Understanding Science

Understanding Science provides a fun, accessible, and free resource that communicates what science is and how it really works. Understanding Science gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. Teacher resources include articles and tutorials on science topics.

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Weather Wiz Kids

Weather Wiz Kids is an educational resource for children, teachers, and parents that will help children learn about weather. It gives teachers and parents tools to explain different types of weather and weather conditions (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts) to children. The website has user-friendly weather information, experiments, flashcards, games, jokes, and a career corner. To fund Weather Wiz Kids, some webpages have advertising.

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Women in STEM

This is a resource of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. This online guide introduces matters surrounding women’s underrepresentation in STEM fields and serves as a resource for girls and young women who are interested in pursuing STEM careers. The resource includes in-depth research and interviews covering the most popular degrees for women currently entering a STEM field, universities that conduct outreach to K-12 students, female STEM pioneers and experts in the field, and scholarships for women in STEM. Students, teachers, and parents can use this information for career and college guidance in STEM fields.

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Zoom (PBS KIDS)

Check out activities, games, and downloadable offline projects from PBS Kids' series Zoom, a show made "by kids, for kids" that encourages curiosity and ingenuity across a range of subjects. My almost-5-year-old and I particularly enjoyed the Goldburger to Go game. In related news, I might need some remedial schooling. To access educational information on STEM topics select any of the options displayed on the homepage.

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