STEM Curriculum is the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and Mathematics. The push for more STEM curriculum is addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from k-12 through college to improve competitiveness in technology development in a global environment that the US finds they are behind in. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy! STEM is the future of public education and teachers need to develop project based and problem based lessons that incorporate STEM disciplines.
Top 25 plus STEM Science Websites for Kids and Teachers
Free Science and STEM lessons and Booklets
Helping Your Child Learn Science
Carbon Cycle Booklet
The Water Cycler Booklet
Investigating The Climate System
Mars Activity Book
Fast Fun Mini SMARTBoard Science Lessons and Activities for Science Brain Breaks! The Smart Board Science Activities are not the deepest activities for learning science but they are FUN!
Discovery Kids :: Games - WhizzBall! a Rube Goldberg game that lets you make your own machine and test it out.
The Solar System Students position the planets in correct order after the solar system has been desolarized
Gravity Launch A fun math geometry based lunar lander type game.
Your Weight on Other Worlds Exploratorium Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or The Moon? Here's your chance to find out.
CBBC Kids Science Great Science Smart Board Ideas and fun interactive science lessons for the primary and intermediate grades.
Mutt Maker: Animal Planet a fun and silly simulation combining dogs of different breeds.
Nova Science NOW A collection of great free science videos for your classroom lessons.
Bill Nye The Science Guy Home and School Science Demos! Many easy activities to try with simple household objects and materials.
Water Education for Teachers Project Wet "Discover water.org: The Role of Water in Our Lives" is a new interactive, online learning tool that enables Project WET to bring its lessons to an even broader audience of schools and students in a format today's high-tech students will find engaging.
Traditional Science Websites for Academic Content!
Science Glossary All Grade levels 4th Grade Harcourt Brace: The online glossary is a mini science encyclopedia with pictures and audio pronunciations of each term.
BBC Bite Size Science Clips Ages 5-102 Great Science Smart Board Ideas and fun interactive science lessons for the primary and intermediate grades.
Magic School Bus Scholastic: The Magic Schools Bus is a great way to introduces science to the youngest students in a fun interactive way. The website has science games, quizzes, printable lesson, and stories.
Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence more than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources organized by subject: art, history, language arts, math, science, and others -- from FREE, the website
SciShow Where the science goes. The official Google | YouTube science education channel.
Science Buddies is a free science fair website and productivity tools and mentoring to support K-12 students in science and engineering research projects, especially for science fairs.
How Stuff Works The Discovery channels science portal. The website has science dictionaries, videos, articles, games and many hundreds of activities for teachers, students, and parents.
Green Revolution features 10 fast-paced videos on alternative energy -- wind, solar, hydrogen, biomass, green roofs, smart grid, microbes, electric vehicles, and the CityCar project. (National Science Foundation)
Art Zone invites children of all ages to design a virtual mobile; create a collage, painting, or a geometric sculpture online; design and texturize 3-dimensional shapes (and see how artists create these effects without a computer); create a "pixel face"; and orchestrate an array of colorful shapes and patterns online. (National Gallery of Art
Tree of Life offers photos, descriptions, and other information documenting the diversity of the world's organisms. Learn about animals, arthropoda, eukaryotes, flowering plants, fungi, and terrestrial vertebrates. Explore genetic relationships among organisms. (Tree of Life Project, National Science Foundation)
NASA Education Rocketry is a website devoted to learning about rockets. There's a beginner's guide to rockets, a pictorial history of rockets, an index of rocket topics (including math and science fundamentals), and more. It offers interactive features, including one on "building a rocket." (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
USGS Videos and Animations offers animations and videos for teaching earth science. Topics include earthquakes, earth's magnetic field, landslides, plate tectonics, tsunamis, urban growth and land use, volcanoes, water, wind and hurricanes, energy sources, earth's crust, glacier changes, coral reefs, wetland loss, sea floor, hydrocarbons, rock-water interactions, Antarctic fly-over, plate tectonics, polar bears, salmon, ducks, grizzly bears, whooping cranes, alligators, bats, how scientists "do science," and more. (U.S. Geological Survey)
Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. You’ll find thousands of media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.
Bioed Online features lessons on the water cycle and global warming, the X chromosome, sleep and daily rhythms, muscles and bones, and food and fitness. Experts offer presentations (streaming videos) on classification, cloning, viruses, infectious diseases, animal behavior, Mendelian genetics, genomes, sleep and performance, body systems, childhood obesity, asthma, ecosystems, populations, nutrition and energy, and more. Articles discuss biology news -- stem cells, bird flu, and more. (Baylor College of Medicine, Multiple Agencies)
Science Education includes booklets on cells, genes, health, chemistry, and medicines. The booklets explore advances in the development and delivery of drugs, links between genes and diseases, how genes work, the body's reaction to medicines, and the hundreds of thousands of molecules that perform specialized functions inside the fundamental unit of life (the cell). One booklet, "The Structures of Life," features stories designed to inspire young people to consider careers in biomedical research. (National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health)
Microscope Imaging Station Gallery shows what blood is, what happens when the immune system goes awry, what are stem cells are, and more. See videos exploring cell structure and function, cell development and motility, plankton, plants, and protozoa. Learn how the sea urchin helps us understand genes, reproduction, and cancer. (Exploratorium, Multiple Agencies)
Life Sciences at Science360 features 120+ videos on bats, bed bugs, bird wings, butterflies, brain mapping, evolution, football science, genetics, gorillas, jellyfish, mitochondria, orangutans, red-eyed tree frogs, scorpions, water beetles, and more. (National Science Foundation)
Biology Classroom Resources provides lessons and resources from the National Science Digital Library. Learn about cells, slugs, whales and dolphins, lions and tigers, turtles, biotechnology, biodiversity, genomics, paleontology, and Tyrannosaurus rex. Find online references, fast growing plants, images of animals, and interactive games on evolution and the animal kingdom. (National Science Foundation)
Engineering Is Elementary provides lessons and overviews on acoustical engineering, agricultural engineering (insects), civil engineering (balance and forces), environmental engineering (water), industrial engineering (simple machines), materials engineering (earth materials), mechanical engineering (air and weather). (Museum of Science, National Science Foundation)
Smithsonian National Zoological Park provides fact sheets and photos for many of the 2,400 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and invertebrates at the National Zoo and the Zoo's Conservation and Research Center. Learn about cheetahs, flamingos, hummingbirds, elephants, gorillas, pandas, snakes, butterflies, and many more animals, including the nearly one-fifth of the 400 species at the Zoo that are endangered or threatened. (National Zoo, Smithsonian Institution)
Map Collections: 1544-1996 offers thousands of digitized online maps. The collections are broken into seven categories, cities and towns, conservation and environment, discovery and exploration, immigration and settlement, military battles and campaigns, transportation and communication, and general maps. (Library of Congress)
Nationalatlas.gov is a primary source of U.S. maps and geographic information. Zoom in on your state and make your own map by selecting features to display: cities and counties, roads and rivers, population and 109th congressional districts, crops and livestock, amphibians and butterflies, air and water quality, earthquakes and land cover, forest types, and more. Print a U.S. map (with or without names of states and capitals). Find an aerial photo of your neighborhood. (Department of the Interior)
National Science Digital Library provides access to resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. From video clips teaching cell division to simulations demonstrating plate tectonics, NSDL showcases Pathways through the collection that consist of content or audience specific resources provided by NSDL partners. These materials are supported with digital tools and services such as interactive science literacy maps. (National Science Foundation)
Investigating the Climate System: Weather helps students learn how to find, interpret, and describe weather data. Students learn also about drought, flooding, wind and dust storms, hurricanes, and lightning, as well as the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite -- the information it provides and why that information is important. (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Investigating the Climate System: Energy offers problem-based lessons that focus on questions: Does ground surface influence temperature? How important is water evaporation to the cooling of a surface? If my town grows, will it affect the area's temperature? Why are summer temperatures in the desert southwest so much higher than at the same latitude in the southeast? (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
Motions and Forces provides video clips and interactive resources for learning about electricity and magnetism, forces between objects, gravity, objects in motion, tension and compression, and velocity and acceleration. Find lessons on electric circuits, Galileo, gravity and falling objects, kinetic and potential energy, making waves with the electromagnetic spectrum, and shapes that make structures strong. (Teachers' Domain, Multiple Agencies)
ABC's of Nuclear Science introduces the object that contains almost all of the mass in the universe, the atomic nucleus. Antimatter, beta rays, fission and fusion, the structure of the atomic nucleus, how elements on the earth were produced, how we use the nucleus in every day life, and the effects of radiation in the environment are among the topics. The site includes nearly a dozen experiments that can be done in chemistry and physics classes, along with "A Teacher's Guide to the Nuclear Science Wall Chart." (Department of Energy)