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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 four sections:

If you have suggestions for a great free resource for Colorado educators, students, parents, or industry partners, please email Tera Jones.


Resources for STEM Educators

  • STEM Immersion Guide
    Developed by Arizona and the Maricopa County Education Service Agency, this resource provides a great start to gauge your level of STEM integration.
  • STEM Data Infographic
    This infographic includes in depth research into the global implications of STEM jobs, education, social media and the future of STEM.
  • 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 introduce 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 STEM disciplines—both formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings.
  • Six STEM Starter Tools
    Don’t know where to start with STEM? Consider these six tips from MiddleWeb.
  • 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 STEM learning through television and online content.
  • STEM Education Coalition
    The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 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 10 Best STEM Resources from NEA
    The National Education Association has compiled ten resources for curriculum and professional development.
  • 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

  • 2015 Weather and Climate Courses for Educators
    Colorado State University, through the NSF Science and Technology Center in the Department of Atmospheric Science, is offering a professional development series for teachers who are interested in learning more about weather and climate.
  • 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

  • National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) 
    The Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM. The purpose of this directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls
  • Colorado Collaborative for Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM)
    CoCoSTEM brings together organizations throughout Colorado that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM.
  • Colorado Youth Corps Association and Get Outdoors Colorado
    Colorado Youth Corps and Get Outdoors Colorado invite youth of all ages to engage in their natural Colorado landscape through educational experiences that encourage participants to interact with the outdoors in a way that encourages healthy, active outdoor lifestyles, conservation, natural resources stewardship, and recreation participation.
  • Women in Space
    The UK Telegraph produced the Women in Space interactive educational database to encourage more females into STEM and aerospace work.  
  • 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.
  • STEMJobs
    STEMJobs is a resource that seeks to engage more students in pursuit of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. STEMJobs also includes resources for teachers, parents, and employers to get students engaged in STEM careers. Pursue your passion, find a place in STEM and have a career where you can #dowhatyoulove. 

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Resources for Parents/Support Providers

  • A Parent's Guide to STEM
    The goal of the Parent’s Guide to STEM, published by New York Urban League and many partners, seeks to help dispel common myths, connect STEM to everyday life, and provide a pathway for exploration of these fields. The target audience for this guide is caregivers with middle or high school students, who are not yet familiar with the growing career fields influenced by STEM.
  • The Connectory
    The Connectory connects parents and students to STEM opportunities in your area to spark your child's interest in STEM. It also offers information about STEM careers and fields of study.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning
    Download or share this free PDF with grade-specific resources to help parents nurture 21st-century skills at home. Now available in Spanish!  

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Resources for Industry

  • STEMworks Database 
    Change the Equation (CTEq) hosts a database, STEMWorks, of high quality, vetted 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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