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.

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.

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…

ITEEA Open Access At-Home Resources

In mid-March, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) began compiling these resources as a way to support educators through the unprecedented period of “social distancing” designed to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The list continues to grow and there is now functionality built in that allows educators to easily add new resources to share with colleagues.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Rhode Island  Zoological Society brings the Roger Williams Park Zoo to YOU! Grab the kiddos for some wild educational fun with our favorite critters every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm EDT during our new Zoo School series. Get a behind-the-scenes look at our animals and explore a fun activity you can do at home.

NBC Learn Online Resources

NBC Learn’s online video library includes over 24,000 current events, archival, and teaching videos to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world – no matter the subject. NBC Learn is now available for FREE to all RIDE educators, students, and parents.  To learn more, please see information below: NBC LEARN RIDE_One Pager

2020 STEAM Educator Award

The Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Education will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2020 Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Design, Mathematics) Educator Award for contributions to STEAM education in the classroom, district, state, or community.  Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching (the 2019-2020 school year may count as one of those years).  A team of two teachers may apply if…

Frog Watch

The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the AZA FrogWatch is currently recruiting new frog watchers! Frog Watch is a citizen science program that provides volunteers the opportunity to learn about wetlands in your community by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. A strong presence of frogs and toads is indicative a healthy habitat, hence why they are called “indicator species”.  Data collected shows that frogs and toads are disappearing at an alarming rate. The FrogWatch program serves to provide evidence of species distribution as well as identifying impacts of habitat loss and climate change. Volunteers are…

2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award

Kelly Kerwin, 3-8 STEM Coach in the Pawtucket School Department has been named the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader.  The award recognizes a teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics – education.  STEAM education adds arts + design (A) to the traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEAM acknowledges the important role design thinking and creativity play in innovative solutions to problems and in the development of new ideas. Ms. Kerwin was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in…