STEM Content and Lesson Plans

Space Foundation Discovery Center 

Explore standards-based curriculum that integrates STEM learning into all content areas using space principles. The Space Foundation Discovery Center provides lesson plans are downloadable and appropriate for youth from preschool to college. The curriculum carries a Peanuts theme to help keep the activities fun and engaging, especially for younger kids. 

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Utah Air Quality Curriculum

This is an online game encouraging youth (high school age) to take charge and make critical decisions about air pollution policies in Utah. This game will not run on Google Chrome. It requires the Unity Web Player plugin found when using Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera.

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Science and Literacy Curriculum: Quirkles (Exploring Phonics Through Science)

Quirlies is a phonics program that teaches through science. There are 26 Quirkies, one for each letter of the alphabet. Within the site, there are free science experiments accompanied with videos that youth can watch and follow along with. Along with the videos, there is a blog with various science topics and information. The Quirlies site has a free newsletter available for teachers to sign up for as well. Finally, The Quirkies has several items available for purchase, including stories about each Quirkie, flash cards, journals, experiments, and a teacher guide.

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PBS Kids Dinosaur Train 

The Dinosaur Train collection aims to spark children's interest in life science and natural history. In addition to full episodes of the animated series, the Dinosaur Train site provides songs, video clips, games, and activities.

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Early Math Resources for Educators

DREME TE Project is a free collection of research-based materials for early childhood teacher educators that promote young children's mathematical learning. While content is dedicated to younger children, there are resources that may be appropriate for older children struggling with math concepts.

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STEM Action Center | STEM in the Home

The STEM Action Center offers a variety of fun and challenging STEM activities for afterschool. Every month they highlight a few of their favorite resources including new activities, videos, challenges, and games. Check out their featured resources then dive into the library for an even deeper exploration.

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STEMfinity

Explore hands-on STEM resources with STEMfinity. Their free STEM resources are gathered from around the web and are broken down by category such as women in STEM, coding, and lesson plans.

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NASA Space Place

Explore space and Earth science with free resources and materials in both English and Spanish with NASA Space Place. They offer games, hands-on activites, informative articles and engaging short videos for upper-elementary-aged youth.

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a nonprofit organization which aims to support and increase the number of women in computer science by equipping young women with the necessary computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

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Chemical Education Foundation

Includes hands on experiments and activity guides to enhances k-8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all sciences and in our everyday lives.

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Technovation Families

Students, parents, educators, and mentors build, learn, and teach using the engineering design process.

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Teach Engineering

Free Engineering and STEM curriculum that is K-12 standard-aligned, that includes hands-on lessons, activities, maker challenges, and more.

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Techbridge Girls

Targets to excite, educate, and equip girls from low-income communities by delivering high-quality STEM programming that empowers a girl to achieve economic mobility and better life changes.

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Code.org

Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth. Our vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States and Code.org also organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged more than 15% of all students in the world.

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Tynker Coding for Kids

Tynker offers self-paced online courses for youth to learn coding at home, as well as specially designed curriculum for afterschool programs. You can get started for free but note that some of their content is for sale. 

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Learn Genetics

A web-based science learning database offered by the University of Utah covering genetics, evolution, cell biology, human health, plants, neuroscience, and ecology.

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NBA Math Hoops

A basketball board game and curriculum that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players.

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Girlstart

Girlstart engages girls in STEM through innovative, nationally recognized informal STEM education programs. They provide a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for k-12 girls.

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PBS SciGirls

Provides hands-on activities and over 1,150 project ideas and lesson plans in all areas of science.

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Clean Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network

CLEAN is a collection of climate and energy educational resources that contain 700+ free, ready-to-use learning resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists suitable for secondary through higher education classrooms.

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EIE: Engineering is Elementary

Engineering calls for children to apply what they know about science and math—and their learning is enhanced as a result. At the same time, because engineering activities are based on real-world technologies and problems, they help children see how disciplines like math and science are relevant to their lives.

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Living Landscapes Climate Science Project

The Living Landscape Climate Science Project is a comprehensive set of culture-based climate science educational resources for native communities. Explore their curriculum, videos, and maps today!

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Tracy Aviary Virtual Resources

Digital resources, all free to download, to keep you and the kids in your life entertained. Visit our Virtual Aviary Videos page or follow Tracy Aviary on Facebook for content that complements some of the activities below.

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