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STEM Resources for Parents, Students, and Teachers

Student Resources

How Stuff Works
A source for clear, reliable explanations of how everything around us actually works.

Brain POP™
Educational animated movies for K-12 created to help explain concepts and to demystify math, science, health, technology, and English topics in an entertaining way for both children and adults.

Kids Design Network
Investigate a challenge, dream up a design, and draw your plans on the computer. Then, using the Internet, you can show your design to a real engineer! Best of all it’s free!

Enter the NASA portal to explore the many facets of NASA. Learn the latest in space news; find math, science, and technology activities for home or the classroom; shoot a cannonball into orbit; or design your own mission to Mars. It’s all just a few clicks away.

The NASA SCI Files™
Come explore the tree house and help the tree house detectives solve their latest problem. Conduct experiments from Dr. D’s lab, play the online Problem-Based Learning (PBL) game, or just check out the research rack, expert’s corner, or media room. This is a great site for parents, educators, and students in grades 3-5.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
An organization representing women in engineering and technical fields.

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
An organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging women and girls in the mathematical sciences. AWM also offers a mentoring program.

The JASON Project
Connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experiences. JASON and its partners create these connections using multiple platforms and technologies, including award-winning, standards-based classroom curriculum developed with NOAA, NASA, National Geographic Society and others; after-school and out-of-school activities; camp experiences; and exploration programs for museums, aquariums, libraries and community centers. The result is a year-round continuum of classroom and out-of-classroom learning.

What Engineers Do
Discover what engineers do, what the job is like, and even how much they are paid.

Discover Engineering™
As you dig into this site, you will discover a wealth of information on engineering and careers. There are also some really "cool stuff" and games.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame
Celebrate the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of great inventors showcased on this web site through exhibits and presentations.

The Tech Museum of Innovation
A hands-on technology museum devoted to inspiring the innovator in everyone.

With over 12,000 web pages exploring hundreds of different topics, the Exploratorium is a collage of over 650 science, art, and human perception exhibits.

Imagiverse.... the universe of our imaginations has no boundaries. Imagiverse believes that imagination is the key to learning. Teachers can teach, but learning comes from within. The web site's goal is to spark the flame that will lead young and old to pursue learning as an adventure through imagination. Activities, resources, and lots of information are available for all to see and use.

The Library of Congress
More than a library. . .an on-line collection of the words, pictures, and sounds of our country in a library that never closes.
Parent Resources

The Carnegie Mellon Robots Academy
This website is an excellent resource for everything robotics. Curriculum can be previewed, robotics equipment purchased, and information on the latest robotics news.

Kidsites For Parents
Your kids will think you are the BEST parent when you show them fun web sites. The web sites have been selected as kid-safe and kid-friendly.

Science For Families
Check out this collection of project ideas and links designed to get kids interested in science. Articles, scientific facts, and a message board can also be found here.


ParentsTalk is a free on-line parenting magazine with parenting tips, family activities, crafts for children, games, and help with a difficult child and other parenting information. Get parenting advice from parent experts. Share your stories and insights on the parent message boards.

FirstGov Web Sites
The U.S. government’s official web site portal. Includes links and general information about web sites relating to every part of your daily life.

Virginia Department of Education
A great example of a state’s education web site designed to easily provide the best and latest education information for all parents.

U. S. Department of Education
The U.S. government’s official web site dedicated to updating you on the latest developments in education across the country.
Teacher Resources

Defined STEM
Defined STEM takes a cross-curricular approach to addressing the concerns dealing with STEM, using performance tasks, career-based video, guiding questions, lesson plans, student activities, and web resources.

Siemens STEM Academy
The Siemens STEM Academy has one goal: To create junior scientists who go on into science and math fields. The Siemens STEM Academy is geared toward educators, who can use it to receive interactive professional development lessons in teaching STEM topics.