239 Cool Sites About STEM

This guide features summer camps, websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school.  Since women are still vastly underrepresented, STEM activities specifically for girls and young women are included.  

Updated: Free Resources for Schools

Education technology companies have stepped forward to help educators reach students in virtual ways. In many cases, the companies are making their paid services free through the rest of the school year; in other cases, they’re lifting limits to services and/or adding premium features to what’s free. The following list will be updated regularly as announcements are made.

MIT Full STEAM Ahead

MIT FULL STEAM Ahead is a collection of resources that MIT is putting together for teaching and learning online. These are meant as a rapid response to the need for online resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.  MIT will curate existing resources for K-12, higher education, and workforce learners, as well as provide a weekly package of relevant materials for K-12 students and teachers.

#EarthDayATHome with NASA

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, people around the world marked the first Earth Day. Thousands gathered to raise awareness about the importance of protecting our beautiful planet for future generations. On this Earth Day, as we physically separate ourselves by necessity, we can still collectively appreciate the wondrous beauty of our planet and the extraordinary science that helps us understand how it all works – and we can do it from our homes. Much as our Earth’s systems are interconnected so, too, are all of us. To help connect us virtually this Earth Day, we encourage you to…

First Works Virtual Learning Series

In partnership with Steer PVD, FirstWorks is creating new ways for the arts to propel learning as Rhode Island schools, teachers and parents work to continue educating students through online, distance learning. The FirstWorks Education Program specifically links to core curriculum by tethering the arts to traditional academics such as English Language Arts (ELA), Science, Social Studies, and through STEAM and STEM focused learning. Visit this page every week to download a new digital learning resource which will include unique video content featuring world class artists. Accompanying activities and assignments will be aligned to core curricula standards.

Franklin@Home

Stay connected and feed your curiosity with Franklin@Home, all-new digital science offerings from The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Take a virtual tour of the Giant Heart, explore NightSkies@Home, and get your daily dose of live science, experiments and recipes—because science never stops.

Distance Learning Resources

The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) have compiled a list of resources for teachers and families so that you can continue to engage in environmental education and outdoor recreation in a safe and meaningful way.

Free Tech for Learning

ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and EdSurge are curating a list of free products offered by companies and organizations to support learning during extended school closures.  Search the directory organized into categories including grade levels, subject area, standards and length of free trial to explore what products will best support your needs.

The Learning Toolbox

The Exploratorium, a hands-on museum in San Francisco developed a new website, The Learning Toolbox, which features free science activities and materials addressing timely topics around the novel coronavirus, as well as general science support for virtual classrooms and at-home learning. The Covid-19 Science section answers questions about viruses and public health recommendations with supporting hands-on activities and videos. The Learning at Home section provides curated collections of Exploratorium online resources that support science learning wherever you are.  The Exploratorium believes that learning through evidence and experience can give people the tools to understand natural phenomena, whether it’s a viral…

Wide Open School

Launched last week, WideOpenSchool.org was created by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit known for rating education and entertainment content based on its suitability for kids, with help from dozens of partners. The site brings together content from a diverse group of companies to help students, teachers and families find free, reliable resources while school buildings are shuttered. On the site, students will see an interactive daily schedule customized to their age range, a list of live virtual events like story times and concerts, and links to materials for every school subject, all available for free and vetted for quality by…