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Stem Resources For Teachers

These resources are just a bunch of my favorite websites that can be used to explain just about anything you’re doing in the classroom with a video, lesson plan or a cool image of an experiment. Blogs are also great resources, they can keep you and your students up-to-date with the latest advancements and technology! There are five sections of resources:Free Money & Materials, Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.  Resources for Teachers (PDF)

Free Money & Materials

Treasures for Teachers – Science and technology resource center in San Diego for teachers.  Very affordable! http://www.treasuresforteachers.org/index.html

National Girls Collaborative Project – $1,000 Grant – Mini-grants are awarded to girl-serving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focused programs to support collaboration, address gaps and overlaps in service, and share promising practices. http://www.ngcproject.org/mini-grant/index.cfm

San Diego Foundation – $ 1,000 Grant -This program will support the development and implementation of multi-disciplinary, classroom projects that address student needs and increase teaching effectiveness. http://www.sdfoundation.org/CivicLeadership/Programs/SanDiegoTeachersFund/ApplyforaGrant.aspx

Donors Choose is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. DonorsChoose.org

Funding for Skype in the Classroom – Through a new partnership with DonorsChoose.org, Skype will donate $250,000 to teachers requesting technology materials to enable Skype video calling in their classrooms. Skype will give a $25 USD DonorsChoose.org Gift Card to each new teacher who registers for Skype in the classroom. The teacher can then apply the value of the gift card to any classroom project at DonorsChoose.org or one they create themselves, if an eligible U.S. public schoolteacher http://education.skype.com/

Digital Wish Grants –  http://www.digitalwish.com/dw/digitalwish/grant_awards Submit a technology-based lesson plan for a chance to win over 50 different technology grants.

Science

http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/ You don’t have to be a genius to understand the work of the Nobel Laureates. These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you’re having FUN! (Personal Favorite)

www.nclark.net. This site provides biology and chemistry resources for science teachers at the middle and high school levels. These include activities, worksheets, lab exercises, puzzles, games, online test reviews, and links to other useful pages, compiled by teacher Nancy Clark over her 37-year career.

http://www.pltw.org/educators-administrators/educators-administrators-overview Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a resource for education curricular programs used in middle and high schools.

http://bit.ly/As4mce. Global Health Curriculum– This comprehensive curriculum for high school classes, available from Seattle BioMed’s BioQuest program, covers topics such as tuberculosis, vaccines, and malaria. BioQuest data shows teens are more interested in classroom science and math when they learn how these subjects connect with global health issues. Lesson plans, interactive charts, and teacher and student packets—created by Seattle BioMed scientists, Washington educators, and animation experts.

http://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx NSTA – Freebies for Science Teachers

http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/resources/SPT–Home.php Howard Hughes – This is a neat interactive website for searching a topic, a grade level, or a keyword and get cool science materials.

http://amasci.com/amateur/coolinks.html This is just a list of neat science links

http://www.williamswords.co.uk/# Williams Words- Great diagrams and printable resources

Technology

http://www.onlinevideocontests.com/ – Online video contests relating to science, art, technology…etc.  Most have cash prizes that can be used for you classroom!

http://lifehacker.com/  Life Hacker is a technology blog that focuses on taking stuff apart, and how to do various things on your computer, e.g. computer

http://gizmodo.com/ Gizmodo is a very interesting technology blog. It’s one of the only (excluding this one and a few others) that I go to on a regular basis.

http://allthingsd.com/ This is a website about current technology in the news.

http://arstechnica.com/ This is another blog that focuses on technology in the news

Engineering

http://www.engineeringsights.org/  Pick your state and see current engineering projects happening right now!

http://www.engineergirl.org/CMS/2987.aspx Tell your kids some fun facts about engineering. Maybe tell them one of these each day to keep them motivated and bring out their inner engineer!

http://www.greatachievements.org/  This is a neat website that focuses on all of the cool engineering things that were created in the 20th century.

Mathematics

http://www.aaamath.com/ AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons.

http://www.ams.org/home/page ASM aims to support educators teaching math

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Resources

 

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Why is STEM Important?

                                             

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills are increasingly necessary to engage in a knowledge-based economy and in daily decision-making. There is solid evidence to suggest that the fastest-growing and highest-wage jobs in future years will be in STEM fields. Workers in these fields must use STEM skills for problem solving in a wide range of industries. However, as the need for solid STEM skills is growing, the achievement gap is also growing. California lags other states in math and science proficiency ratings, and the nation as a whole falls behind many of its international peers.  A STEM based education needs to begin at the elementary level and continue throughout the high school years.  The following contains starting statics about science, technology, engineering and math in the California and the United States!

  • In OECD’s PISA 2009 rankings of international secondary education performance, the United States ranked 32nd (slightly below the international average) in Mathematics and 23rd (at about the international average) in Science. (Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development)
  • A World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey in 2008 and 2009 ranked the quality of Math and Science education in the United States in 48th place. (World Economic Forum)
  • In 2008, STEM-related degrees and completions accounted for 12% of all higher education degrees and completions. (California Postsecondary Education Commission)
  • The United States has fallen from first to eleventh place in the OECD in the fraction 25-34 year olds that has graduated high school. The older portion of the U.S. workforce ranks first among OECD populations of the same age. (OECD, 2009)
  • According to the ACT College Readiness report, 78 percent of high school graduates did not meet the readiness benchmark levels for one or more entry-level college courses in mathematics, science, reading and English. (American College Testing – ACT)
  • Sixty-nine percent of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught mathematics by a teacher without a degree or certificate in mathematics. (National Center for Educational Statistics)
  • Ninety-three percent of United States public school students in fifth through eighth grade are taught the physical sciences by a teacher without a degree or certificate in the physical sciences. (National Center for Educational Statistics)
  • 75% of the 50 fastest growing occupations in California require STEM skills with 70% of these jobs paying more than the state’s median wage of $18.12/hour. (Labor Market Information Division, Employment Development Department)
  • California ranked 43rd or lower across all states in mathematics and science proficiency in grades 4 and 8 (National Center for Education Statistics, 2005).

http://www.cslnet.org/stem-challenge.php

 

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2012 in Articles, Resources

 

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