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Looking for STEM museums, centers, programs and activities? This comprehensive list includes high-quality local, regional and national STEM programs and resources.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America’s oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For nearly 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications and educational programming.
Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES)
Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES) is focused on designing experiments to show local kids that science can be fun.
American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE)
The Philadelphia Chapter is a group of professionals who encourages youth to succeed in STEM and energy related studies and careers.
Association of Women in Forensic Science (AWIFS)
Association of Women in Forensic Science (AWIFS) provides networking opportunities and programs for female forensic professionals, teenagers, and college students through mentoring and outreach programming.
CASTLE or the Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence is based out of Drexel University and seeks to affect institutional change in STEM teaching and learning. CASTLE is a community driven organization that believes in the importance of diversity and inclusion that values high-quality research related to peer-to-peer and vertical mentoring, technology mediated learning, and experiential learning experiences.
Character Lab is a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization that aims to advance the science and practice of character development so that all kids can reach their fullest potential.
ChickTech Philadelphia is the Philadelphia chapter of a national nonprofit that brings free hands on technology education to High School Girls. Chick Tech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology based careers.
Click 2 Science
Click 2 Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.
Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Inc
CCCEEC’s mission is to operate a premier urban environmental education center in Southwest and West Philadelphia that embraces and educates people of diverse backgrounds to understand and appreciate the important role the environment plays in our lives.
Coded by: Kids
Coded by: Kids is committed to providing free tech education, tech industry exposure and career mentorship to children who lack access to these opportunities. Our programs are designed to help our students achieve success by providing them with a combination of real world tech skills and access to a support system of mentors with experience in the tech industry. Free weekly recreation center classes occur at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center for children and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 18.
Curiosity Machine is a community of scientists, engineers and children creating together. Through this online learning platform children are inspired and equipped to create their own inventions with the support of trained and qualified mentors.
DiscoverE – Discover Engineering has a variety of programs to inspire youth of all ages to explore engineering
The Franklin Institute
In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.
FirstHand Philly is a resource for Philadelphia youth from resourced schools and teachers, professionals and families from their communities. FirstHand aims to spark an interest in the STEAM disciplines for students to explore and cultivate throughout their lives. At FirstHand, an educational initiatives at the University City Science Center, classroom lessons are brought to life through engaging projects and real-life lab environments.
George Washington Carver Science Fair
The George Washington Carver Science Fair encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement and careers in science. The Carver Fair is jointly sponsored by Temple University, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The School District of Philadelphia, and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is open to all students in grades four through twelve who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial, and private schools, as well as to home schooled students residing in the county.
Gifted Geek - Astronomy for Kids
Gifted Geek-Astronomy for Kids is a free introductory guide of informative content that will help kids understand and appreciate astronomy. This guide will explain the main areas of astronomy, including the definitions of all the things you are likely to come across, as well as what kind of equipment you will need when starting out.
iPraxis creates and fosters opportunities that engage underrepresented communities in science and technology through education and entrepreneurship.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Since its establishment in 1972, the refuge has worked with area educators to provide educational opportunities for their students. Our programs focus on providing teachers with the information, skills, and resources to incorporate the environment into their curriculum and to utilize the refuge as an outdoor classroom.
LEAP into Science
LEAP into Science, sponsored by the partnership between the Franklin Institute and the Free Library of Philadelphia, is a program designed to engage children and families in science and literacy by integrating hands-on science activities with children’s literature.
The Math Forum@Drexel
The Math Forum@Drexel is a leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication. They offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development.
Math Science Upward Bound
Math Science Upward Bound aims to prepare Philadelphia Public and Charter High School students for admission to institutions for higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions. The programs will enable students to set attainable goals and build self awareness, respect for diversity and healthy relationships with peers, staff, and professionals from industry and the community. This program is open to ninth and tenth graders and is hosted by Temple University.
Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Pennsylvania
Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement (MESA) Pennsylvania aims to engage students who are underrepresented in STEM fields, and motivate them to persist in these lucrative, high demand careers. We have two strategic approaches: Provide engineering education through the MESA initiative, including resources, training, mentors and technical assistance to help create engineering and technology clubs after-school. Create pilot programs, test for relevance and effectiveness, offer specialized Saturday Academies and Summer camps, and ACT 48 Teacher Professional Development.
NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provide access to tools, technology, education, events, and services for makers of any skill level. It regularly has open to the public workshops that can be attended, for a small fee, by children as young as ten who are accompanied by their parent or guardian. They offer junior membership options that allow minors to take classes.
Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science (PACTS)
PACTS was designed to involve students as an integral part of The Franklin Institute. It combines science enrichment, career development, mentoring, and leadership opportunities for a diverse group of rising 6th graders and rising 8th graders.
PennApps is a biannual hackathon involving teams of up to four college students who spend the weekend at the University of Pennsylvania working on innovative software and hardware solutions to real-world problems. Travel, meals, and housing are paid for, if application is accepted.
Philadelphia Academies Inc
The Philadelphia Academies Inc. mission is to design and implement industry informed, career connected learning strategies and school supports that position young people fo rsucces in post-secondary education and the workforce.
Philly Naval STEM
The goal of each Philly Naval STEM competition is to increase student interest in robotics, science, mathematics, engineering and technology and to introduce students to naval engineering.
People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program
People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program offers free access to computers for general use and training throughout the year to students of all ages to develop the technology skills necessary for success in 21st century careers and education.
Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development
PHENND is a consortium of over 30 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area that works to develop mutually beneficial, sustained, and democratic community-based service-learning partnerships. It activitely seeks to revitalize local communities and schools and foster civic responsibility among the region’s colleges and universities.
Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership
Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership aims to build lasting synergies among the Noyce programs in the greater Philadelphia region that will strengthen all aspects of the STEM teacher pipeline: recruitment, pre-service preparation, induction, and ongoing development and growth throughout a teacher’s career, in ways that no individual institution would be able to achieve alone.
The Philadelphia Science Festival
The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.
The Philadelphia Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia’s leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first.
Philly CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led free computer programming club for young people to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.
Physics Wonder Girls
Physics Wonder Girls is a free physics summer day camp for middle school girls in the Philly-South Jersey area. It is currently based on the campus of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On its 8th year, the physics camp aims to sustain interest of middle school girls in science through project-building, hands-on physics demonstrations, research lab tours, industrial plant trips, physics-based games, and career talks by women STEM models.
Science History Institute
Science History Institute is a free museum (previously the Chemical Heritage Museum), located in the heart of Philadelphia. We preserve, study, and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.
StartupPHL is a collaborative effort between the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce and PIDC. StartupPHL aims to support entrepreneurs in the City who bring energy, ideas and vitality to Philadelphia as well as further enable the existing entrepreneurial talent that resides in the City’s different neighborhoods to flourish.
Steppingstone Scholars, Inc
Steppingstone Scholars, Inc is a not-for-profit educational organization that identifies fourth-graders from Philadelphia public schools and prepares them to enter and succeed in the area’s top college-preparatory schools.
TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations, by focusing on girls at the crucial middle school age. They offer free workshops to get girls interested in different kinds of technology, show them varied career options, and connect them with professionals in technology fields.
Tech Impact (formerly NPower PA) provides hands-on technology support to nonprofits via implementation and support of an organization’s entire technology infrastructure, either in the cloud or on-premise. They are the nonprofit behind npCloud.org and ITWorks, which is a 16 week training program to help young urban adults (18-24) move into an IT career.
Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.
The University of the Arts Professional Institute for Educators
UArts provides courses for educators to learn about STEM topics to implement in their own classrooms.
Wagner Free Institute of Science
The Wagner Free Institute of Science provides free science education to all ages through programs and events such as adult courses—the oldest of their kind in the country—lectures, field trips, and children’s lessons. The Institute is also dedicated to preserving and interpreting its National Historic Landmark building, which was completed in 1865 and houses a Victorian-era lecture hall, an exhibit hall with more than 100,000 natural history specimens, and library with more than 45,000 volumes.
Women in Natural Sciences
Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) is a free after-school and summer science enrichment program at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Since its founding in 1982, WINS has introduced hundreds of high school girls to future careers in science and other professions by providing hands-on science workshops, career and college exploration, and positive youth development.
Youth Engineering and Science
Youth Engineering and Science is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote an understanding and an interest in science and engineering for traditionally underserved and under-represented youth by engaging children in innovative project-based STEM programs in their own communities.
Arcadia University School of Education
The university combines theory with practical experience to foster knowledge and improve the quality of lives in local and global communities. It also offers STEM workshops for preK-8 teachers.
ASSET STEM Education
ASSET STEM Education, a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit located in Pittsburgh, fosters STEM fluency and college/career readiness by providing educators of students pre-K through career with highly effective professional development, hands-on educational materials and consulting services.
Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center delights, educates, and inspires through interactive experiences in science and technology. It is one of four Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, providing many programs, traveling exhibits, and planetarium shows.
Center for Science and the Schools
CSATS designs, develops, and implements professional development programs and workshops for K-16 education to promote the integration of science and engineering practices into the classroom environment.
Delaware Valley Science Fairs
DVSF was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1993, making it one of the oldest Fairs in the country. It is now also one of the largest. The Fairs were designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among students in middle and high schools in the tri-state area.
FLEET is a free mission-based engineering video game for students 8 to 18 years old. Students engage in the iterative engineering design process to develop and improve solutions and participate in nationwide online gaming competitions. The FLEET video game is supported by free educational resources aligned to Pennsylvania’s middle and high school standards in ELA, Physical Science, and Technology and Engineering standards.
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) is your source for environmental resources in PA, from educational materials to environmental services & products.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
DCNR conserves and sustains Pennsylvania’s natural resources by maintaining and protecting state parks, and managing state forest land.
Pennsylvania Department of Education – Standards Aligned Systems Portal
Using your own account, staff from all fields can access a variety of STEM related resources, tools and instruments. Of special interest is the Technology and Engineering Education Learning Community (register to join this community under “teacher tools”).
Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA)
Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) is a membership organization that seeks to facilitate and advance excellence in Earth and Space Science education. Membership is free and open to any educator or supporter of Earth and Space science education from Pennsylvania or outside the state.
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is a statewide organization of junior and senior high school students designed to stimulate and promote interest in science among its members through the development of research projects and investigations.
Pennsylvania Learns in iTunes U
Pennsylvania Learns in iTunes U contains a collection of resources aligned to Pennsylvania Standards and are intended to support teaching and learning. Courses can be used in multiple ways such as a resource for supplemental classroom activities, support for Keystone Exam remediation, personalizing instruction, developing a customized online course, and much more.
Pennsylvania's Million Women Mentors
Pennsylvania’s Million Women Mentors support the engagement of two million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020. They provide resources to those interested in becoming a mentor and to those who are looking for a mentor.
Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR)
Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research (PSBR). Programs run in and around Philadelphia and Pennsylvania regionally. We provide in-class projects, workshops, speakers, and experiences on biomedical sciences for students from kindergarten through college free of charge.
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN)
Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) works with the Bureau of Special Education and the Pennsylvania Department Education to provide a full array of professional development and technical assistance targeted to improving student results.
Riverbend Environmental Education Center
Riverbend Environmental Education Center teaches environmental principles to children in Southeastern Pennsylvania, through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens.
Serendip Studio is a digital ecosystem that exists to facilitate collaborative, interdisciplinary, boundaryless exploration. It offers hands-on activities for teaching biology to high school or middle school student.
The mission of STEMispere is to provide access to all of the exceptional STEM education opportunities available in southwestern Pennsylvania by focusing on collaboration, great teaching, and inspired learning. STEMisphere is the central hub for the region’s STEM resources and acts as a directory for students, parents, educators and others who are interested in STEM education.
21st Century Partnership for STEM Education
21st Century Partnership for STEM Education is an independent, non-profit, federally tax exempt organization funded through federal, state and school district contracts to advance literacy and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by partnering with institutions of higher education, economic development entities, other non-profits and school districts.
Ada Developers Academy
Ada Developers Academy is a training program located in Seattle, Washington for women and nonbinary people who want to become software developers. Ada is tuition-free and is comprised of 6 months of full-time classroom training followed by 5 months in a paid industry internship.
Agriculture in the Classroom
Agriculture in the Classroom seeks to improve student achievement by applying authentic, agricultural-based content as the context to teach core curriculum concepts in science, social studies, language arts and nutrition by encouraging teachers to embed agriculture into their classroom.
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Scientific American and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University have launched a free, 5-episode, online series aimed at helping scientists and engineers write blogs and op-eds for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets.
All Education Schools
All Education Schools provides a wealth of diverse resources related to STEM education for both current and future STEM educators. This includes information regarding STEM careers, financial resources, online courses for educators and much more.
Alternative Fuel Foundation
Alternative Fuel Foundation is a nonprofit that connects food service providers with cooking oil collection and recycling companies in the northeast. They provide grants for educators develop programs that promote renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and earth stewardship.
American Association for the Advancement of Science "Triple A-S" (AAAS)
American Association for the Advancement of Science “Triple A-S” (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is a professional physics science society dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in physical science education.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - STEM Outreach
Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering focused on the design, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft. This website offers content, curricula, career descriptions, mentors, and other unique resources for teachers K-12.
ASM Materials Education Foundation
ASM Materials Education Foundation is a nonprofit supporting organization that encourages education and scholarships, promoting applied science careers for students and teachers.
Association of Science and Technology Centers
The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences.
Astronomy and Space Sites compiled by EDSmart
Astronomy and Space Sites compiled by EDSmart contains a host of resources for science educators looking for activities and resources on space.
Best STEM literature for Young Readers
The National Science Teaching Association collaborated with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), and the mathematics representatives from the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees (SEPA) to release the first annual list of best STEM literature for young readers.
Beyond Curie is a design project that highlights great women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Biological Exceptions Blog
Biological Exceptions Blog includes pertinent vocabulary with etymology, interesting questions to spark discussion, links to the reports from the latest research on the subject being discussed, and a list of online resources for more information and classroom activities.
Blacks in Technology (BIT)
Blacks in Technology (BIT) is a community-based website that is geared towards building and establishing a community that focuses on bringing blacks together within technology related fields.
Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program
Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program lets teachers grow free Bonnie Plants cabbages in their classrooms and submit measurements for the chance of receiving scholarships.
Captain Planet Foundation
Captain Planet Foundation invests in high-quality, solution-based projects that inspire and teach youth to become collaborators and agents of change.
Carnegie STEM Girls
This resource shows teenage girls possible career choices by introducing them to women in STEM fields.
Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
The Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the NSF Informal Science Education Program (ISE) to strengthen and advance the field of informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for NSF principal investigators, ISE professionals, and STEM researchers.
Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education
Dedicated to improving K-16 STEM education through the meaningful and effective integration of technology, CIESE fosters the use of research-based instructional methodologies and technologies to improve and pioneer novel technologies to explore and better understand their impact on improved education and society.
Chesapeake Energy partners with organizations that pursue continuous improvement for the benefit of the communities, including STEM education, the environment, emergency and disaster response, and community development. They provide financial donations and materials retired from the corporate lifecycle.
Click2Science provides online professional development in STEM for out-of-school (OST) educators. Features a resource blog with posts on topics in OST STEM learning.
CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course descriptions.
CS for All Teachers
CS for All Teachers is a virtual community of practice, welcoming all teachers from PreK through high school who are interested in teaching computer science.
This online platform connects scientists and engineers directly to students, and provides students with access to content and mentoring that is critical in developing 21st century thinking skills.
Cybersecurity Boot Camp
Cybersecurity Boot Camp – The University of Texas at Austin offers a Cybersecurity Boot Camp for those looking to become digital defenders. This 24-week program is currently 100% online, and uses tools such as Wireshark, Kali Linux, Metapsploit and more. UT Austin also provides a wealth of resources for children looking to get into coding, job search tips and career advice.
CyberSecurityDegrees.org – Featuring 400+ cyber security programs centered around computer science and STEM competencies. Program areas are both on-campus and online and feature multiple accreditation sources (CAE, NSA, DHS, etc) for the industry.
Data Science Path
Data Science Path is an informational resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in the field of Data Science and Analytics. You can find information on careers, relevant education paths and more.
DataSciencePrograms.org – Comprehensive STEM education portal outlining more than 830 different programs from more than 500 different accredited universities. Featured information on multiple degree levels, industrial competencies, and career information.
Defined Learning is an educational company that presents STEM in the context of real-world standards-based curriculum in an online format.
DESIGN Squad Global
This website is an online community that grew out of the DESIGN SQUAD television series that aired on PBS KIDS. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests. The goal of Design Squad is to give kids a stronger understanding of the design process, and the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday life.
DiscoverDataScience serves students by delivering accurate, high quality information presented in a simple, clean format. They believe they have assembled the most thorough listing of data science programs available. The website includes various education resources, information for those pursuing careers in STEM, and a comprehensive list of schools with STEM programs.
DiscoverE helps unite, mobilize, and support the engineering and technology volunteer communities because they will increase their collaborative footprint in K-12 education and celebrate with the public as it discovers the value of engineering education and careers.
Discovering the Genome
Discovering the Genome is a web-based curriculum for science classes. The curriculum consists of modules that introduce genomics to students.
Dot Diva seeks to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls through videos and links to resources and communities. Their nationwide survey revealed that not only do the majority of girls think of computing as “boring” and “hard,” but they believe it fails to deliver two crucial benefits: “working with others” and “making a difference in other people’s lives.” The ultimate goal of Dot Diva is to transform this negative perception.
Early Childhood STEM Working Group
Early Childhood STEM Working Group is a group of scholars, policymakers, curriculum developers, and educators who share a common goal and vision of universal access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate STEM education for preschool children. They wrote up a report on why early STEM matters in 2016.
Earth Science Week
Earth Science Week helps the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth by providing learning resources and activities.
EdDPrograms.org offers a comprehensive guide to Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) programs. The website profiles over 300 schools with Ed.D. degrees, including online opportunities for working educators, programs with science education specialties, and the best overall Ed.D. programs. Visit today to learn more and find out if an Ed.D. is worth it for you.
EdTec is a social venture founded in 2001 to develop, support and advance quality charter schools. Our exceptional team has provided unparalleled expertise and support to over 200 charter schools across a comprehensive range of services.
Education Development Center
Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.
The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC)
The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) is a professional development program for individuals whose work record reflects strong leadership abilities and a concern for issues important to children and education.
The Education Trust
The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. They offer numerous resources for policymakers, educators, parents, community leaders, and others.
Engage CS Edu
Engage CS Edu‘s goal is to help grow a more diverse computing workforce by supporting the retention of women and other underrepresented groups in undergraduate computing education. Having a great experience in introductory computer science courses can be crucial to maintaining interest in the field.
EngineerGirl is a website designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. The website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and grew out of the work of the NAE Committee on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce.
Engineering Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization developed by engineers to increase the number of high school students who pursue engineering degrees. All programs are free to schools and students.
Engineers in the Classroom
Engineers in the Classroom is the result of a partnership between Lockheed Martin and National Geographic with the goal is to inspire and channel students into engineering and other careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—STEM careers. The site includes instructions for a number of grade-specific STEM activities and downloadable career-guide pamphlets.
Expii is a free platform that embraces diverse learning styles. Students can explore math and science subjects and apply their knowledge with practice problems.
Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit
Explore Science: Earth & Space Toolkit. In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology, and society. Training videos are also included to help educators facilitate activities.
FabFems is a resource to get young girls connected to women in STEM fields. Women who are working, or have worked in the STEM fields can create a profile to expand girls’ career options, dispel stereotypes and spark their interests. Both women who want to be role models and girls looking for role models can use this website.
Fictiv’s Industry and Career Resources for Promoting Diversity in Engineering provides resources and helpful links to minority students seeking a career in STEM oriented industries. The guide provides data on STEM demographics, challenges to minorities in Engineering, financial resources, as well as scholarships and grants offered by organizations.”
FieldTripZoom is an online service that allows educators or homeschoolers to search, order, schedule, and connect to hundreds of live interactive programs from museums, zoos, and historical sites that offer virtual classroom visits.
Foundations for Success (FFS)
Foundations for Success (FFS) is an online, interactive resource for students, parents, and educators (grades K-9) who are interested in STEM fields. The website features STEM career information, educational games, and opportunities for students to interact with peers.
GetEdFunding helps educators and institutions uncover funds to supplement budgets, expand programs, prepare students, and help close the equity gap.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code Aims to build the largest pipeline of future females engineers in the Unites States through a national network of girls coding clubs and boot camps.
Global Family Research Project
Global Family Research Project was originally a part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is now a separate nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. They connect research, policy, and practice to support a community of people dedicated to advancing children’s learning and development, foster collaboration among child and family-serving organizations, and strengthen knowledge and skills.
The Guide to Colleges & Careers for Women in STEM
The Guide to Colleges & Careers for Women in STEM a comprehensive college and career guide for women in STEM; part of Study.com. Also showcases women-focused STEM scholarships and STEM career and college organizations for women.
The Harry Chapin Foundation
The Harry Chapin Foundation funds nonprofit programs that fall within the areas of community education, arts-in-education, and agricultural environmental programs.
Herb Society of America
Herb Society of America established an herb garden grant for grades 3-6, ensuring the use of herbs in teaching will continue, engaging and inspiring students.
Homeschool to College: The Essential Guide
Homeschool to College: The Essential Guide contains resources for families to aid homeschooled students’ transitions from K-12 to college.
Honda provides grants for nonprofits that support youth education with a specific focus on STEM subjects.
Hopeworks Camden uses education, technology, and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future.
Howtosmile is run by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world. Their organizations are resource hubs for educational programs that involve people of all ages and backgrounds. Together they work to gather the best STEM education materials from the web, and encourage educators to both use and contribute to the growing collection.
Informal Science is a collection of project, research, and evaluation resources designed to support the informal STEM education community in a variety of learning environments.
Innovate+Educate tackles some of the nation’s most difficult challenges through collaboration, data-driven action and systemic solutions. Their work focuses on closing gaps along the education to economy pipeline for the future of our global competitiveness.
Infiniscope provides a virtual space to connect users with cutting edge space exploration experiences that inspire curiosity, excitement, engagement, and confidence.
Instructables is an online place to explore and share science creations and gadgets, with instructions for engineering or building them at home.
Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program
Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program is a paid, part-time, low-residency program that provides portfolio development, hard and soft skill building, and networking opportunities for entry and junior-level designers and developers.
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.
Iridescent (now Technovation)
Iridescent (now Technovation) is an online platform of STEM curriculum to train scientists and engineers to better connect with students and enable them to create together. The premise of the platform revolves around three key concepts: curiosity, courage, and persistence toward a solution.
IXL is an immersive K-12 learning experience that game-ifies lessons through comprehensive, standards-aligned content for math, language arts, science, and social studies.
The Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research
The Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research is a half yearly, peer-reviewed publication for educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The journal emphasizes real-world case studies that focus on issues that are relevant and important to STEM practitioners.
K–12 Computer Science Framework
K–12 Computer Science Framework. The Association for Computing Machinery, Code.org, Computer Science Teachers Association, Cyber Innovation Center, and National Math and Science Initiative have collaborated with states, districts, and the computer science education community to develop conceptual guidelines for computer science education.
Kinder Morgan Foundation
Kinder Morgan Foundation aims to help science, math, and music students become the engineers, educators, and musicians who will support diverse communities in the future by funding programs that promote such interests.
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF)
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) was established in 1999 to increase the number of high-quality high school science and mathematics teachers with the ultimate goal of improving STEM education in the United States.
Libraries Ready to Code
Libraries Ready to Code is an initiative of the American Library Association, sponsored by Google, which aims to ensure libraries have the resources, capacity, and inspiration to embrace activities that promote computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) among our nation’s youth.
LinkEngineering is an online community of educators interested in providing meaningful engineering experiences to PreK-12 students of all abilities.
The Maker Program Starter Kit
The Maker Program Starter Kit provides fun resources and activities for teachers to bring project-based learning into classrooms, libraries, STEM labs and after school programs.
Maker Ed aims to create engaging, inclusive, and motivating learning experiences through maker education. It works closely with individuals and institutions to provide training, resources, and a community of support.
Many Mentors‘ mission is to inspire, encourage, and support underrepresented students’ interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and eventual entrance into the STEM workforce. They do this with mentorships, including online mentorships, and community partnerships.
Math Intervention Toolkit
Math Intervention Toolkit. A free guide with a wealth of MTSS/RtI resources and easy-to-use progress monitoring, growth mindset, data collection and formative assessments tools to use right now.
Math Matters, Apply It!
Math Matters, Apply It! is an applied mathematics awareness campaign, created for anyone who wants to know more about the mathematics behind everyday life and the technologies we encounter.
Math Science Music
Math Science Music is a website from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz and the NYU MusEDLab. It offers free resources to help teachers incorporate music in science and math lessons for K-16 students. Subjects covered include geometry and physics, among many others.
Mazda Foundation. Mazda supports meaningful programs promoting education, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scienctific research through grant funding.
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation seeks to contribute to the development, implementation and/or field testing of environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.
NASA After School Astronomy Clubs
NASA After School Astronomy Clubs. There are many After School Astronomy Clubs (ASACs) for grades K-12 scattered across the country. Through this website, you can become part of an ever growing community of ASACs and share your ideas, questions, challenges, and approaches with other clubs. This web site is part of a larger effort, supported by NASA, to enhance the teaching of space science and was made possible by a grant from the NASA/STScI IDEAS program.
NASA Climate Kids
NASA Climate Kids explains basic climate change science with multimedia, games, humor, and crystal clear language.
NASA Education. NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education.
NASA Kids' Club
NASA Kids’ Club is an award-winning educational website designed for children in kindergarten through fourth-grade. Content is based on education standards and designed to engage young children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC)
NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC). The NASA STEM EPDC is a national educator professional development system composed of and designed to serve STEM educators at all levels. Its mission is to guide and support a broader group of educators to use the best of NASA’s professional learning resources.
NASA Summer of Innovation Curriculum Tools
NASA Summer of Innovation Curriculum Tools. NASA’s education specialists have developed themed units and camps of NASA content to help make your summer programming both exciting and meaningful. The selected units and camps are specific, hands-on, problem-based activities that are appropriate for the summer learning setting.
NASA's Space Place
NASA’s Space Place is an educational website about space, earth sciences, and technologies for elementary-aged children.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Academies provide nonpartisan, objective guidance for decision makers on pressing issues.
National Center for Women and Information Technology
National Center for Women and Information Technology works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the world’s largest mathematics education organization, supporting and advocating for the highest-quality mathematics teaching and learning for each and every student.
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project encourages students to explore, experiment, and engage, and encouraging and training teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. It provides energy workshops throughout the nation.
National Girls Collaborative Project
National Girls Collaborative Project is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States. The Collaborative’s vision is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
National Girls Collaborative Program Directory
National Girls Collaborative Program Directory. This directory, and its sister site The Connectory, allows for postings and searches of programs that serve girls interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The purpose of this Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls.
National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network
National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States. Network partners generate, develop, implement, and collaborate on projects that strengthen and advance informal STEM learning in a variety of settings, including science centers and children’s museums.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) supports research education activities in their mission areas. They have programs that aim to enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce.
National Partnerships for Afterschool Science
National Partnerships for Afterschool Science is a curriculum that is divided into two parts: Design It! and Explore It!. This curriculum series each consist of about 13 introductory science and engineering projects. Each project consists of multiple activities or challenges which build upon each other around a single design challenge of investigation.
The National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Also, you can subscribe to one of their various e-newsletters, including NSTA Express, The STEM Classroom,and Encouraging Young Scientists.
National Science Teaching Association Next Generation Science Standards
National Science Teaching Association Next Generation Science Standards. A great resource to understand and use the NGSS with ideas on curriculum planning, classroom resources and professional learning.
Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center in Norfolk, VA, that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more.
The NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation is a public charity that serves as a lab of learning, offering funding and resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. They provide learning and leadership grants for educators.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K-12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) promotes excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world. Their programs and initiatives promote early childhood STEM and nature-based learning.
Ohio University - K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Guide
Ohio University – K-12 STEM Lesson Plan Guide offers facts about STEM, tips for building STEM lesson plans, and STEM resources for teachers.
Online Math Resources
Online Math Resources is a compilation of teaching resources by EdSmart, containing math activities, lessons, journals, courses, university departments and more.
PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
Pets in the Classroom
Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.s a nonprofit that aims to help promote public understanding regarding companion animals, to enhance knowledge through research and education, and to promote professionalism.
PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. We believe that our research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.
The Physics Classroom provides resources for physics educators and parents of children and youth from first grade through high school. Selected physics topics with enrichment activities and checks for understanding are included in the website.
Project Based Instruction in STEM Education
Project Based Instruction in STEM Education. This is a blog centering on a course at the University of Texas at Austin entitled “Project Based Instruction in STEM Education.”
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
Resilient Educator offers teaching resources for educators, including classroom activities and lesson plans, a variety of available education grants, and professional development resources for those passionate about STEAM education.
Resources for Women in Computer Technology
Resources for Women in Computer Technology. Published by Purdue University Global, this resource reviews the history of women in computer science, explores career opportunities, and identifies resources to help women explore and grow in computer science fields.
Robotics Education and Competition Foundation
Robotics Education and Competition Foundation connects students, mentors, and schools in every community a variety of successful and engaging technology-based programs. Its goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st century.
SCE / Susan Crown Exchange, Inc.
SCE / Susan Crown Exchange, Inc. Through three primary programs – digital learning, social and emotional learning, and catalyst grants – SCE connects talent and innovation with forces for positive change.
Science Buddies. Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Science Buddies has over 1,150 Project Ideas in all areas of science that can also be used for hands-on teaching. The Topic Selection Wizard tool can help you find a project you will enjoy.
ScienceGeekGirl is a blog created by Stephanie Chasteen, a physicist, writer and educator in Boulder, CO. She describes her blog as “her playspace to talk about education reform (mostly secondary and college), hands-on science activities, teaching tips, science communication, and anything else science-y that strikes her fancy.”
Science of NFL Football
Science of NFL Football. NBC Learn and NBC Sports, in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the National Football League, unravel the science behind professional football.
Science Sparks provides fun and easy science experiments for kids.
SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects, events and tools. Our database of citizen science projects enables discovery, organization, and greater participation in science.
Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public provides small STEM Action grants to innovative nonprofit organizations led by social entrepreneurs and to teachers leading students in scientific research to expand STEM experiences and student research opportunities for young people.
STEM Education Coalition
The STEM Education Coalition and the Afterschool Alliance have collaborated to develop a toolkit of materials to guide you through the steps of engaging with state and local policymakers.
STEM Fundamentals for Kids
STEMjobs produces a magazine that digs deep into careers in STEM, and offers lesson plans and resources to quickly and easily implement a cutting edge STEM program that will engage and inspire students with key skills they need to aspire toward and pursue high growth STEM jobs. It identifies and lists employers who focus on diversity and integration.
STEM Teaching Tools
STEM Teaching Tools has resources that can help instructors teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Provided tools are currently focused on supporting the teaching of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
STEM/STEAM: A Guide for Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities
STEM/STEAM: A Guide for Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities. This guide, created by Grantham University faculty works to bridge the representation gap in STEM for women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Smithsonian Science Education Center has a variety of curriculum, lessons and activities in the sciences. This links takes you directly to their free resources.
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE)
Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) offers grants to encourage K-12 classroom teachers to incorporate aviation/aerospace-themed lessons in their normal curriculum, which are adjunct for teaching science, math, history, and art.
Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on art, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. The Company seeks to encourage creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills by providing small grants.
Spark101 contains free 10-minute classroom videos—co-developed by educators, employers, and experts—that engage students in authentic STEM problem solving. Students learn how real challenges are addressed in careers in business, government, nonprofits, and academia.
STELAR website features a collection of publications, webinars, and curricula based on findings from the National Science Foundation’s ITEST program. With a focus on STEM workforce development, the collection includes resources on educator professional development, STEM in afterschool and informal learning, and STEM career opportunities and workforce development.
STEMconnector is “The one-stop for STEM Information.” With an innovative product-line, STEMconnector works closely with corporations and other organizations to provide them with a set of tools and resources that support their corporate development, corporate structure, and smart STEM investments.
STEM Education Coalition
STEM Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U. S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM related programs.
STEM Education Institute
STEM Education Institute. Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, the STEM Education Institute provides definitions, background information, links, curricula, and other helpful resources.
STEM Everywhere Video Series
STEM Everywhere Video Series. Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us. From science-based internships, to student-run makerspaces, to after-school activities, STEM is everywhere.
STEMfinity looks to provide today’s youth with project-based tools to spark interest and passion in STEM. STEMfinity has hand-picked the best STEM kits available for Grades PreK-12 and has hundreds of affordable options for after-school programs, classrooms, homeschoolers, and individuals looking for inexpensive curriculum and hands-on material.
STEM Funding from AfterSchool Alliance
STEM Funding from AfterSchool Alliance. Getting funding and long-term stainability can feel daunting. AfterSchool Alliance has put together resources specifically for STEM afterschool program.
STEM-Works is a resource for teachers, mentors, parents, STEM professionals, volunteers, and everyone passionate about getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Science News for Students
Science News for Students is a resource of the Society for Science and the Public. This site features information ranging from students studying luminescent fish to fun facts about the Eiffel Tower.
TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for K-12 teachers and engineering faculty. It helps make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. The TeachEngineering collection provides educators with *free* access to a growing curricular resource of activities, lessons, units and living labs.
Teacher Advisor With Watson
Teacher Advisor With Watson is a free tool offering easy to find, high-quality content for teachers to save time and improve instruction.
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM
Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education is the country’s foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government.
Techbridge Girls is a program that aims to expand the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering. They believe every girl needs personal and consistent support to succeed, and have created resources for educators, families, and role models who make up her support network.
Technovation is a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for girls aged 10-18. Through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to investors.
TeenSHARP is an organization that gives low-income and minority youth access to premier leadership opportunities, trains them be ambassadors of higher education in their communities, and prepares them for success at selective colleges and universities.
Texas Instruments (TI)
Texas Instruments (TI) designed workshops for math, science, and STEM educators that combine content-rich curriculum and instruction on effective teaching practices.
TGR EDU: College Blueprint
TGR EDU: College Blueprint allows students to take a virtual campus tour to learn about the college admissions process — from exploration to acceptance to paying for college.
TechSoup connects nonprofits and public libraries with technology products, plus the learning resources needed to make informed decisions about technology. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.
Toshiba America Foundation
Toshiba America Foundation provides grants for teachers passionate about making science and math more engaging for students grades 6 to 12.
Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.
Top Jobs for Math Majors
Top Jobs for Math Majors is a guide created by Maryville University Online for students interested in math careers.
UBTECH Education creates robotic solutions for the classroom to support STEM learning skills for kids. To help educators and parents with the transition to at-home learning, we created a resources page providing free STEM activities and webinars.
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, with an easy to use table of contents.
Understanding Science. To understand science, just look around you. This website will help you learn more about science as a process of learning about the natural world, and access the parts of science that affect your life.
Using Data in the Classroom
Using Data in the Classroom. Today’s information technology provides many new mechanisms for collecting, manipulating, and aggregating data. In addition, large on-line data repositories provide the opportunity for totally new kinds of student experiences. This site provides information and discussion for educators and resource developers interested in effective teaching methods and pedagogical approaches for using data in the classroom.
Voya Foundation supports programs to ensure youth are STEM and financially educated so they are prepared to compete in the 21st century workforce and make smart financial decisions.
Waste Management is motivated to support programs regarding the environment, environmental education, and the causes important to the areas in which they operate and provides funds.
White House Women in STEM
White House Women in STEM. This website has several recorded stories of women who have worked for the United States government in science, technology, engineering, or math positions. The aim of this site is to encourage young women to pursue a career in science.
Whole Kids Foundation
Whole Kids Foundation is a nonprofit founded by Whole Foods Market that provides schools with salad bars, provides grants for school gardens and related programs, offers cooking and nutritional education for school teachers and staff, and supports the Lunch Box online tools.
Whyville is the premier educational virtual world for children ages 8 to 15. Whyville’s citizens come from all over the world to socialize, have fun, and explore topics in science, economics, citizenship and more.
Women in Data Science: Advice on Taking Risks, Building Inclusivity
Women in Data Science: Advice on Taking Risks, Building Inclusivity is a resource that includes interviews with five women data scientists about the current landscape of opportunities for women in big data.
Xploration Station is a science-based television network consisting of educational/informational series airing throughout the United States and the world to inspire students to pursue STEM careers.