"STEAM from a Distance" is a campus and community collaboration that seeks to help parents and educators to connect and discover STEAM learning experiences and tools for their students at home.
Guthman Musical Instrument Lesson Plans for K12 Teachers
Are your students ready to choose the “next” great instrument?
The Guthman Competition, sometimes described as the jam session of the future or the “X-Prize for music”, features the next generation of music technologists sharing their latest and greatest instrument inventions. Normally, this competition is judged by professionals in the industry, however due to this year’s virtual pivot – your students have the opportunity to help choose the winners. There is no prior knowledge needed, just the curiosity to see the most innovative instruments in music to date.
Constellations Center for Equity in Computing If you are a K-12 teacher looking for computer science activities to integrate into your classroom or a parent looking for computing activities to do at home, check out these free resources. All activities were created by a Constellations fellow.
Georgia Tech GoSTEM The Latino College and STEM Fair, which was canceled this year, serves to bring Latino families, Georgia Tech students and faculty, representatives of many state universities, and community organizations together. The spirit of service and commitment of these groups and individuals has not stopped. GoSTEM presents to you a digital resource guide, which includes many of the resources that would have been shared physically by these institutions at this event.
Access Mars (VR)
Access Mars lets you explore an 3D replica of the Martian surface, exactly as it was recorded by the Curiosity Rover.
Alice is a widely available software that provides access to early computer science education. Alice is free for all and is used by teachers for students at all levels. Subjects range from visual arts to the fundamentals of programming.
Ask Dr. Universe Why do we get tears when we yawn? Ask Dr. Universe is an online introduction to common questions that students ask. Dr. Universe, a smart cat who investigates questions from curious students, tackles the tough questions to inspire young students to think critically, solve problems, and ask more questions. Parents help students send questions via email to Dr. Universe and she picks one big question to answer online each week.
Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title, and start listening.
Boston Central Boston Central is an independently owned and locally run web site that has long valued the opportunity to work together with local venues and performers, while truly enjoying its overall mission of helping promote all sorts of local events and activities to families in the Greater Boston area.
BirdBrain Technologies BirdBrain Technologies cultivates creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products: the Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. Have fun making creative robots with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit! Use the kit’s lights, sensors, and motors to build interactive robots out of materials you have at home.
BrainPop BrainPop is a learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. BrainPOP can be used as part of distance learning plans and keep students engaged and on-track. BrainPop is currently offering free access for schools and families impacted by school closures.
Channel 9: Visual Basic Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners is online resource of visual learning tools. Bob Tabor from www.LearnVisualStudio.net teaches the fundamentals of Visual Basic programming over the course of 26 episodes. The videos walk through the tools, writing code, debugging features, customizations and more!
CODE.Org Take a code break literally! With schools closed and tens of millions of students at home.Code.org is launching Code Break - potentially the world’s largest live interactive classroom with weekly challenges to engage students of all abilities, even those without computers on Wednesdays at 1 PM. Teachers, if you are already teaching and incorporating Code.org curriculum and lessons into your classroom, please check out this link https://code.org/athome#teacher-support for ways on how to support your students virtually.
This article from Edutopia lists quick tips for educators shifting to teaching online. The author of the article has experience with distance learning and provides pointers for keeping students engaged.
Education.com includes printable worksheets, online games, and science projects. The provided resources are seperated by grade level and by subject to match the interests of the student.
Energy.gov STEM rising is the Department on Energy resource page for students, teachers, and the energy workforce. Check out their Operation Clean Desert lesson for all ages. Interested in wind energy, there are some great STEM activities for teachers to use with their students.
EngineerGirl - Try This! is a webite designed to draw attention to the unique opportunities that engineering provides for girls and women. The site recognizes the importance of the diversity of thought and provides stories from women in STEM, maps out engineering careers, and includes advice on how to prepare for college.
Exploratorium has created tools and experiences that help you to become an active explorer: hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 35,000 pages of content, and much more. They also create professional development programs for educators and are at the forefront of changing the way science is taught. They share our exhibits and expertise with museums worldwide.
Students in Pre-K through 12th grade can now access free, educational PBS daytime programming designated for each grade level weekdays on GPB-TV and GPB's 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel. The broadcast schedules will include trusted, educational programming. Additional GPB and PBS programs are also available to stream on gpb.org or the free PBS Video App and PBS KIDS Apps.
BioInteractive provides classroom resources, planning tools, and professional development tools for highschool students. The search engine provided seperates information by difficulty level, resource type, and specialty topic to allow students to explore the living world and analyze real data.
Published by Baylor University's online EdD program, this resource details the benefits and importance of early STEM education to inspire and foster critical thinking, communication, callaboration, and creativity. Effective STEM lesson plan guidelines are outlined. These guidelines also include how to use real-world applications to tie STEM educational lessons together.
Isla - Computer Programming
Computer programming for children that uses shapes and planets to teach a child to program. The Isla programming language is an open source and the code is available for viewing on Github.
Khan Academy Created by experts, Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning.
Math from the Georgia DOE The Georgia Department of Education Mathematics Team has curated resources that align with the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Mathematics and Georgia Frameworks Units presented in the state curriculum frameworks. Each unit for each grade level includes at least 10 specific resources that students can use during the time of isolation to refine their mathematics skills. This curated repository of resources includes both web-based resources and hands-on, kinesthetic activities.
McAuliffe Center - From the Dome to Your Home Whether it’s in the comfort of your own home or the seats of our domed theater, we are committed to bringing engaging and informative learning experiences to the students, families, and adult learners we serve. Here are some of the in-home programs and events planned for you.
Climate Kids provides games, activities, and videos for elementary age students. The resources use educational and engaging activities to explain the earth's climate and its effect on plants and animals.
National Ecological Observatory Network NEON is a continental-scale ecological observation facility, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, designed to gather and synthesize data on the impacts of climate change, land use change and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity on a continental scale. NEON collects and provides high quality, standardized data from its 81 terrestrial and aquatic sites across the United States
New South’s Portal to the Past
Have you ever wondered what archaeologists really do? What can we learn from archaeological sites and why should we protect them? To celebrate Archaeology Month in May, New South’s Portal to the Past is taking you and your family on a virtual journey into the past! All month long they will offer new and exciting ways for you to dig deep into the real work that archaeologists do.
Ocean Education Who doesn’t love the ocean? The warm sun, the salty air, the sound of waves crashing. This site is one of my favorite resources. Choose from live lessons, teacher resources, and even become a digital explorer by watching their 360 videos. Need a quick brain break check out this ROV Scientist lesson that you can do with kids with things found around the house. For teachers out there looking for more resources and lessons to engage your students during digital learning, check out their professional development page.
Ology The American Museum of Natural History presents this great science website for kids. There are games, stories, hands-on activities,and videos from a wide range of disciplines. There are great lessons for kids who may be interested in Astronomy, paleontology, marine science, the Brain and even zoology.
PBS KIDS - Engineering Games includes a variety of online engineering games for young students looking to explore engineering concepts such as robotics, engines, and rocketships.
Rebound: An Example Game
Science Kids is a website with a variety of free games, experiments, cool projects, interesting facts and more! Learn more about bridges, buildings, friction and more unique engineering topics. In addition to student resources, science kids provides lesson plans for teachers and ideas for parents assisting in online learning.
Scratch helps students program their own interactive stories, games, and animations to encourage students to think creatively. Once their creation is complete, students can share their creations with others in the online community and learn how to work collaboratively. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Land and is provided for free.
Smithsonian Learning Lab Access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers.
STEM for All Multiplex The STEM for All Mulipex provides playlists of 3-minute video presentations created by federally funded projects. These projects have developed quality STEM resources for teachers, students, and parents. We list the grade levels that they are appropriate for starting from Pre-K and continuing to High School. They may be useful to many during this time of school closures. We provide a link to the short 3-minute video as well as a link to the resources which are all free.
STEM Playground is an online learning site that provides educators with advice for virtual teaching. In addition to advice for educators, the Activity Board consists of a list of activities for educators to cover with students. The activities cover a wide range of STEM topics, and all hands-on activities can be conducted from home.
STEAM Squad People-powered curriculum for grades 5-7. Check-in Tuesdays for a new project.
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