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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SWFLN STEM Activities & Resources

STEM Activities/Events


STEM Resources

With the plethora of resources available regarding STEM education, it can be daunting to know where to begin your search. The sites listed are intended to be a helpful starting point for learning about STEM standards, getting ideas for lesson plans, finding STEM resources, and discovering opportunities for all ages to engage in STEM within the state of Florida.

STEMflorida-Educator Resources - STEM links, articles and resources for educators.

     

Webliography

Science/Art

Math

Science/Art

Engineering


STEM General Resources:

getSTEM  is a program which organizes events, provides resources (links, RSS feed, media) and creates discussion through forums in order to increase student and educator engagement in STEM fields.
eGFI is a program offering classroom activities, lesson plans, news, outreach programs and web resources for K-12 educators to enhance their students’ math and science skills through engaging, exciting classroom activities.
Girls Go Tech  is a gateway for young girls of all backgrounds to discover careers and organizations which will engage and education them in STEM fields.
High Tech Kids is a nonprofit organizations that works hard to inspire kids to build confidence, create opportunities and thrive in the 21st century through high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions that celebrate science and technology.
National Geographic Kids is an online portal to various games, videos, blogs and other resources meant to engage kids in biological, environmental, and other nature-related sciences.
Education World provides a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.
ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information.
NARST is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research
The Association for Science Teacher Education is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels
BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.
Project Lead the Way -  PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning..
Companies to Classrooms is a non-profit organization that supports students and teachers by providing educational supplies free of charge through the operation of a store staffed by volunteers and stocked with recycled or excess supplies and inventories donated by local businesses.
Brain Cake Working with girls age 11 - 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.
NCWIT Programs-in-a-Box are comprehensive resources for accomplishing a parity goal. Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum introduces youth ages 9 - 14 to the fundamental building blocks of computer science -- without using computers. Lessons address critical mathematics and science concepts such as number systems, algorithms, and manipulating variables and logic.
Mixing in Math ofers Earth Day Resources Celebrate Earth Day on April 23 with green-themed projects and games from Mixing in Math! Mixing in Math offers a number of free English and Spanish resources for formal and informal K-6 educators.
Mentor Network from The Association for Women in Mathematics has developed a mentor network for women and girls who are interested in mathematics. Mentors are located at colleges and universities throughout the country. The Web site offers the option to mentor or be mentored by submitting a request form to determine needs and interests.
NGCP Program Directory The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.
The National Girls Collaborative Project sends out a monthly newsletter sharing resources and projects with the public on gender equity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
PBS Design Squad introduces kids to engineering by offering STEM-related videos and a community for kids/teens to get inspired and share creative ideas. Design Squad also has a parents and educators section with STEM guidelines, lessons and classroom-ready resources.

Science Education Resources:

NASA aids both educators and students K-12 and post-secondary with providing and locating classroom resources and materials such as podcasts and video segments that help to inspire and engage students.
Seametrics A kid's learning guide to the water cycle plus additional resources.
FOSS (Full Option Science System) is an inquiry-based science curriculum which offers activities and resources for grades K-8 in chemistry, biology, physics, planetary science, food science, earth science, anatomy and physiology, environmental science and geology.
BrainU is an organization which provides resources (glossary, standards, etc.), lessons, and interesting information for Grade 5-12 educators in the field of neuroscience.
The Common Core Standards provides a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in order to create a united front on the part of teachers and parents to help their students prepare for the future.
SciGirls aims to increase engagement among young women in different fields of science by providing information on oceans, technology, machines, earth science, mathematics, environmental science, and athletic science.
American Assoication for the Advancement of Science AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
Association fo Women in Science AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of STEM subjects across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women can achieve their full potential in these fields.
Try Science is a gateway to the exciting world of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide.
Science Buzz is a website focused on science in the news, emerging research, and seasonal science.
CELLS alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.
Access Excellence is a national educational program that provides health, biology and life science teachers access to their colleagues, scientists, and critical sources of new scientific information.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network provides extensive support in nanoscale fabrication, synthesis, characterization, modeling, design, computation and hands-on training.in anopen, hands-on environment, available to all qualified users.
National Science Teachers Association NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

Engineering Education Resources:

Engineering is Elementary is a program aiming to increase engineering literacy and engineering education by manufacturing curricular materials which integrate engineering and technology concepts with science lessons.
KidWind is a project which offers information on electricity, renewable energy, wind energy and different project ideas which employ the idea of wind as an energy source. Kid Wind prides themselves on the wide range of educational work, from helping a fifth grader troubleshoot a homemade wind turbine to working with major industry partners toward developing regional training programs that impact hundreds of teachers.
TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers engineering content for K12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms.
SMETE is an organization that offers a digital library and Engineering Pathway, which links to quality teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science and engineering technology for both K-12 and university educators and students.
SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
Engineering Pathway offers information on different educational communities and resources for high-quality teaching and learning in applied science, math, engineering, information technology, and engineering technology for K-12 and university students and educators.
The EngineerGirl website is part ofan NAE projectto bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.
Try Engineering is a portal which provides information about engineering and engineering careers, and helps young people understand better what engineering means, and how an engineering career can be a part of their future.
Engineer Your Life is a guide to engineering for high school girls, which provides information on what engineering is, and how it is useful for women in the workforce.
The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics.
EducatingEngineers.com is a leading resource to help educate visitors on the different engineering specialities and educational opportunities available.

Mathematics Education Resources:

Common Core Standards is an organization which aims to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so that teachers and parents are equipped to help their students fully prepare for the future.
The Rational Numbers Project is a program promoting the use of an educational model which teaches fractions in a way that emphasizes connections among different representations.
Figure This! provides mathematical challenges for families and interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families.
Illuminations is a resource in different areas of education, including: online schools, home school curriculum, math tutoring and many more.
The Math Forum’s mission is to provide resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly technological world.
goENC provides resources for professional development programs and for district curriculum coordinators. They can help by providing carefully selected online resources to support effective teaching and learning in K-12 math and science.
At Home with Math The ten everyday math activities kit helps build math into the things most families already do--ordinary routines such as figuring out ways to save money, to share fairly, or to get somewhere on time. With these activities, children practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and using other important math skills while doing tasks that are a regular part of life.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.
K5 Learning is a teaching resource that has free math worksheets for grades 1-6, as well as Pre-K and kindergarten worksheets and multimedia reading and math lessons.


Monday, November 25, 2013

CE Approved Minutes October 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

We've moved! We've moved! Please be patient!

Our New Office Address:Southwest Florida Library Network 13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3 Fort Myers, FL 33913  New Telephone Number: (239) 313-6338