Annual Spring Conference Links
Central Texas Discover Engineering
Help inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) heroes by bringing a hands-on activity into the classroom that unlocks the fun of engineering.
- Chemical Engineering Fun for Kids
Many of the objects we use every day contain substances that were discovered by chemists and then were designed and refined by chemical engineers. Whether it is the table you are sitting at, the clothes you are wearing, or the food that you eat, somewhere along the line, a chemical engineer probably helped to make it possible.
- Discover Engineering
Designed to provide an accessible introduction to engineering. Includes games, idea center, FAQ, downloads, links, and a section about the career of engineers.
- eGIF Engineering, Go For It!
Here you will find a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed. Free software and engineering curriculum for K-12 teachers.
- Engineer Girl
Engineer Girl encourages middle-school age youth to imagine a future in engineering.
- Engineer your Life
This guide introduces girls in grades 9-12 to young women engineers and highlights careers. A section for parent and counselors furnishes background in engineering to better advise students. The site has a link to a companion site for girls in grades 5-8.
Provides interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events for K-12. Saturday and Summer professional development workshops are available through the Teacher Institute.
- 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 higher education.
- Kinetic City
Science games for students in grades 3-5. One activity asks students to replace the body systems of a character who sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The website requires free registration.
- NASA – Educators
Lesson plans, teacher guides, classroom activities, video clips, games, posters, and more for teachers and students in grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12, and higher education.
- NASA Webcasts
NASA's Digital Learning Network presents a series of videoconferences to assist educators in staying current on NASA education resources and related products. Topics to include: Exploring Space Through Math, Robotics, NASA Fit Explorers, NASA eProfessional Development Network -- Robotics Course, MoonWorld, and On the Moon. Questions about these events should be directed to Caryn Long at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Science Foundation
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…"
- National Science Teachers Association
The 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. NSTA's current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.
- National STEM Video Game Challenge
Middle school (5-8), high school students (9-12), and educators are invited to design games that incorporate STEM content or STEM themes in innovative and engaging ways. Home schoolers are eligible to enter as well. Sign up to be notified about the 2013 competition.
- PBS Stem Education Resource Center
PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content.
- STEM Education Coalition
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (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 Educator Materials
Download posters, educator guides with activities and age-appropriate career information for your students. All activities meet national education standards of learning for math, science and technical literacy. Registration is required but free.
- Texas Regional Collaboratives
The Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching (TRC) is an award-winning statewide network of 64 P-16 partnerships (Regional Collaboratives) that provide sustained and high intensity professional development to P-12 teachers of science and mathematics across the state.
- Project Spectra
- Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Tutorial
- The Science and Math Informal Learning Educators(SMILE) website is a national partnership among science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators and a resource of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL).
iPhone & Android Apps
- Human Anatomy! (free) – quick reference app with images and information on 16 organs and systems.
- Khan Academy: Biology 1,2, & 3 (free) – The biology is broken down into sections. Biology 1 covers cells, evolution, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, genetics, and cellular respiration. Biology 2 covers cellular respiration (more details), photosynthesis, diffusion, respiratory system, circulatory system, and beginning of the nervous system. Biology 3 covers nervous system, muscular system, immune system and excretory system. The 10-18 minute videos can be watched directly on the student’s phone!.
- Draw MD (free) – this series of app has drawing of different body structures. Students can add labels to the drawing to check for understanding.
- HeartDecide and others ($4.99 but sometimes free) - this series of app had interactive animations of body parts. It will show the area in motion and contains videos to explain problems with the area.