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STEM Resources

Integrating the Colorado Academic Standards in science and mathematics and in all content areas to enhance STEM education is supported through a wide array of free instructional resources. This webpage will list just a few of these resources and will be updated regularly.

This page is organized in five sections:

If you have suggestions for a great free resource for Colorado Educators please email Violeta Garcia.


Resources for STEM Educators

  • New! STEM Immersion Guide
    Developed by Arizona and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency, this resource provides a great start to gage your level of STEM integration.
  • StageLearn: Case Studies for Grades 7-12 
    StageLearn is a FREE rich media ecosystem founded in 2012 in New York City that uses animation videos to introudce the case method to students in expose them to experiences in STEM courses grades 7-12.
  • The National Science Digital Library 
    The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings.
  • STEM PD: Expert Advice
    Teacher professional development is a key piece of any successful STEM initiative. This article contains a few pieces of advice from the experts.
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
    NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. They have a special section for STEM called the STEM Classroom.
  • The STEM Classroom
    This resources published by the National Science Teachers Association provides a forum for integrating and supporting STEM teaching at the middle and high school levels. There is a quick review of STEM resources with links to research and grants in the March 2012 archive newsletter.
  • PBS STEM Education Resource Center
    PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content.
  • STEM Education Coalition
    The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.
  • STEM Magazine
    This magazine is published and edited by Wayne Carley, a STEM educator in Georgia. STEM Magazine focuses on inspiring and fueling the creative process of curriculum while balancing everything else that comes with teaching.
  • eNet Colorado
    eNetColorado’s mission is to provide educators and districts statewide access to high-quality content and resources that support the improvement of student achievement.
  • DLESE - Digital Library for Earth System Education.
    DLESE is a free resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. Resources include lesson plans, curricula, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips and labs, simulations, podcasts from kindergarten to graduate level. Also included are Earth Science literacy maps that relate to specific Earth science concepts and associated educational standards.
  • The CLEAN Collection
    You can search over 500 scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate science, climate change, and energy awareness.

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Educator Professional Growth

  • Colorado Association of Science Teachers
    The Colorado Association of Science Teachers is the State Chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. This organization provides opportunities through the school year to support professional learning around the Colorado Academic Standards.
  • Colorado Science Education Network (CSEN)
    The Colorado Science Education Network (CSEN) is an organization that meets about 7 times a year to network with leaders in science education across the state of Colorado, to provide professional development for science leaders, and to address current issues facing science education and educators.
  • Colorado Technology Association
    The Colorado Technology Association is dedicated to foster growth and opportunity for the technology industry.
    • The Annenburg Foundation has a website for educator professional development with great workshops and courses for mathematics and science teachers. The courses are free but for a fee graduate credit is available from Colorado State University.
    • Teaching Channel is a website designed to support the professional learning of teachers through videos of high quality teaching, discussion questions and opportunities for asynchronous conversations. Find ideas on integrating design skills using mathematics and science.
  • Colorado Experiential STEM Learning Network
    The Colorado Experiential STEM Learning Network’s (CESLN) mission is to collaborate with schools, policy makers, and businesses in order to create extraordinary STEM experiences for students and teachers. Thus, increasing science literacy and promoting science identity construction. The network is designed to create an online and offline community of practice such that interactions lead to an action, whether it be schools reaching out to businesses for hands on activities, or community involvement in student projects and initiatives.
  • NSTA's New Science Teacher Academy
    We are currently accepting applications for the 2014–2015 New Science Teacher Academy. The Academy, cofounded by the Amgen Foundation, is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge.

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Resources for STEM Students

  • Engineer Girl
    This site was created to bring awareness to engineering opportunities that represent girls and women.
  • NoNamesite
    NoNameSite.com is a program developed by TopCoder with funding from DARPA (the US Government Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Our goal is to develop a new, online Community catering to people 13 to 18 years old and beyond.
  • Scratch
    Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your 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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Resources for Parents/Support Providers

  • Green 360 Careers
    Green 360 is about cultivating changemaking solutions to our environmental challenges. Green 360 connects high school and college age students with tools, information, and people they need to make informed choices and create pathways to green careers.
  • SPARK
    SPARK engages people in the wonder and relevance of science. The focus of this early childhood program is on scientific literacy, workforce development, and community engagement.
  • Career Counseling- National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) 
    NAPE released a Counselor Toolkit, which is designed to effectively reach and encourage all students to consider a future career in STEM. It provides an overview of STEM careers, introduces positive language for talking with students, and connects the messaging with tools, activities, and resources.

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Resources for Industry

  • STEMworks Database

    The STEMworks! Change the Equation (CTEq) hosts a database of programs that deepen young people's learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The database aims to be a critical resource for funders, program developers and STEM advocates alike.

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Grant Opportunities

2014 STEM Funding Opportunities
STEMgrants.com recently released an update to its “STEM Funding Opportunities for 2014″.  This guide features information about STEM related grants and fellowships.

NSTA CalendarView grant opportunities by selecting the dates you need, then filter by West, and select "Grants/Fellowships" for category.

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