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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:

Resources for STEM Educators

Resources for STEM Students

Resources for Parents/Support Providers

Resources for Industry

Grant Opportunities

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


 

Resources for STEM Educators

Developed by Arizona and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency, this resource provides a great start to gage your level of STEM integration.

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 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.

Don’t know where to start with STEM? Consider these six tips from MiddleWeb.

Teacher professional development is a key piece of any successful STEM initiative. This article contains a few pieces of advice from the experts.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

eNetColorado’s mission is to provide educators and districts statewide access to high-quality content and resources that support the improvement of student achievement.

The UCAR Community Programs (UCP) consists of eight programs which create, conduct, and coordinate projects that strengthen education and research in the atmospheric, oceanic and earth sciences. Below are brief descriptions of the current programs.

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 National Education Association (NEA) has compiled ten resources for curriculum and professional development.

You can search over 500 scientifically and pedagogically reviewed digital resources for teaching about climate science, climate change, and energy awareness.

Educator Professional Growth

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.

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.

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.

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.

PEBC is an education nonprofit that works with teachers, schools and districts throughout Colorado and nationwide. We provide professional learning to cultivate highly effective K-12 educators to elevate student growth and achievement. - See more at: http://www.pebc.org/#sthash.OfPsqcyl.dpuf
PEBC is an education nonprofit that works with teachers, schools and districts throughout Colorado and nationwide. We provide professional learning to cultivate highly effective K-12 educators to elevate student growth and achievement. - See more at: http://www.pebc.org/#sthash.OfPsqcyl.dpuf

Resources for STEM Students

Resources for Parents/Support Providers

Resources for Industry

 

Grant Opportunities

--GRANTS DUE IN APRIL--

The Lego Children's Fund provides grants to organizations for collaborative programs involving early childhood education and development, technology and communication projects that advance learning opportunities, or athletic programs that concentrate on underserved youth.

Application Due: April 15, 2014

The foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extracurricular programs that improve student learning. The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. The Foundation considers proposals that foster understanding, deepen students’ knowledge, and provide opportunities to expand awareness of the world around them.

Application Due: April 15, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm to School Grant Program assists eligible public and private entities in implementing farm to school programs (in health/PE, science, environmental or STEM) that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

Application Due: April 24, 2014

The Lawrence Foundation is focused on providing grants to support environmental, education, human services, and other causes.

Application Due: April 30, 2014

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students.

Application Due: April 30, 2014

Target awards grants to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs.

Application Due: April 30, 2014

The Snapdragon Book Foundation was started in December 2008 to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Any school library that serves disadvantaged youth may apply. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools.

Application Due: April 30, 2014

--GRANTS DUE IN MAY--

The foundation awards grants of up to $75,000 to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. ("Scientific education" encompasses both the physical and life sciences, mathematics, and the environmental sciences.)

Application Due: May 1, 2014

To help K-12 teachers bring the real world of materials science into their classrooms, the ASM Materials Education Foundation awards 20 grants of $500 annually. The Living in a Material World grants recognize teacher creativity. Their purpose is to enhance awareness of materials science and the role of materials scientists in society.

Application Due: May 25, 2014

The ESA Foundation awards grants of varying amounts to nonprofits working to support programs and opportunities that use technology or computer and video games to make a positive difference in the lives of America's youth.

Application Due: May 28, 2014

 

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