INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR STEM EDUCATION
Over the past decade, NSF investments in development of instructional materials and technologies for STEM education have produced a variety of full-service and special purpose programs of curriculum material and instructional software. The following are examples of products available.
Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools
This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. It identifies important science inquiry skills and concepts appropriate for the very young.
Young Scientist Series
The Young Scientist series is a science curriculum for children three to five years old.
WorldWatcher is a supportive scientific visualization environment for the investigation of scientific data, in K-12 and college classrooms.
Whyville is an interactive website and part of a larger research project. In Whyville, millions of "citizens" come from all over to learn, create, and have fun together.
Video Mosaic Collaborative
The Video Mosaic Collaborative (VMC) is a collaboration portal that integrates the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning Video Collection with tools designed to transform mathematics research, teaching and learning.
The mission of Understanding Science is to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works.
Think Math! is a comprehensive kindergarten through fifth grade curriculum that provides high-quality mathematics for all children.
Teaching Elementary School Science as Argument
The Teaching Elementary School Science as Argument (TESSA) has two main purposes: (1) To develop electronic resources to support preservice elementary teachers in learning to teach science as argument, and (2) To study the development of preservice elementary teachers knowledge and practices for teaching school science as argument.
SimStudent: a computational model of human learning
SimStudent is a computational model of human learning. It is a model of inducing rules by generating explanations of example problem solving steps. SimStudent allows us to study domain-general mechanisms of skill acquisition, which in turn provides us opportunities to advance theories of machine- and human-learning.
Scratch - a programming language for kids
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy for children ages 8 and up to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share them on the web.
Exploratorium Science Snackbook
The science snackbook is a collection of science education resources that are based on, and scaled down from, exhibits in the museum of science, art and human perception in San Francisco.
Understanding Evolution for Teachers
With over a million hits per year, www.evolution is a teacher resource aimed at improving the understanding of the nature of science, the patterns and processes of evolution, and the history of evolutionary thought and to increase their ability to teach these subjects effectively.
My World GIS
My World GIS is a geographic information system (GIS) designed for use in middle school through college classrooms. It offers easy-to-use tools to perform investigation and analysis as they explore critical issues about the enviornment, geography, geology, demography, history, and much more…
Minds On Physics
The Minds-On Physics curriculum prompts students to work together using simple equipment to learn about fundamental physical concepts and principles and how to apply them properly…
Mathematics: Modeling Our World
Mathematics: Modeling Our World is an integrated core curriculum for high school that is based on the premise that students learn best when they are actively involved in the process…
Math in Context
Mathematics in Context (MiC) is a comprehensive 6-8 mathematics curriculum. It uses realistic contexts and multiple strategies to discover, explore, and understand rich math concepts…
Math Trailblazers is a complete, research-based K-5 mathematics program that integrates math,
science and language arts…
Math Pathways and Pitfalls
Math Pathways and Pitfalls (MPP) provides professional development for teachers, and intervention lessons for students in grades K-8…
Living by Chemsitry
Designed to encourage all students to learn real chemistry, Living By Chemistry is a full-year high school curriculum…
LEGO engineering provides teacher and student resources for building, programming, and troubleshooting robotics and other engineering projects using LEGOs. Materials include curriculum modules, programming challenges and quick reference guides for all ages, and a searchable knowledge base with code examples…
SEPUP: Science Education for Public Understanding Program
SEPUP materials are standards-based, issues-oriented science curricula that emphasizes the scientific thinking, personal and societal decision-making, science and technology as professions, and science as a predictive activity. SEPUP has three core supporting text: Science and Life Issues; Issues and Physical Science; and Issues and Earth Science. Each can serve as a stand-alone, full-year program or as part of a three-year integrated science program.
IT Across Careers
The IT Across Careers (ITAC) project has developed resources that promote broader learning and implementation of information technology (IT) knowledge and skills. Resources include instructional materials and assessment rubrics…
Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by public television, designed for classroom use and professional development
SCALE-UP: Classroom Design for Student Centered Learning
SCALE-UP (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) shares state-of-the-art learning studios, teaching methods, and instructional materials that are based on more than a decade of discipline-based education research.
Resources for Environmental Literacy
Resources for Environmental Literacy offers a fresh way to enhance your classroom productivity. The environmental context it provides can improve your students' science learning even as learning the science improves their ability to deal with five real-world topics.
Quest Atlantis - Educational Gaming
Quest Atlantis (QA) is an international learning and teaching project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children, ages 9-16, in educational tasks.
Democratizing the Math of Change
The SimCalc project seeks to democratize access to the mathematics of change, making challenging concepts accessible to ordinary middle school students.
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space is a complete K-5 mathematics curriculum that has been designed to help all children understand fundamental ideas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement and early algebra…
Investigating Earth Systems
Investigating Earth Systems (IES) is an Earth science curriculum for the middle grades (6th-8th grades). Inquiry and the interrelation of Earth systems form the backbone of all IES activities…
Interactive Mathematics Program
The Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) is a growing collaboration of mathematicians, teacher-educators, and teachers who created a four-year program of problem-based mathematics…
Insights in Biology
Insights in Biology is a comprehensive first-year high school biology curriculum that emphasizes cellular and molecular biology as well as genetics, ecology and evolution…
Girls Communicating Career Connections
The Girls Communicating Career Connections (GC3) is a youth-produced, Web-based media series and companion educator materials on science and engineering careers targeting girls from underserved groups…
Full Option Science System (FOSS)
The Full Option Science System (FOSS) is a K-8 science curriculum developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley…
The Exploring Earth site was designed to accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook…
The Everyday Mathematics program is an elementary mathematics program celebrating 20 years of research and development…
Environmental Connections is a guide to assist in teaching about the environment, whatever the class subject…
Earth System Science in the Community (EarthComm) is a comprehensive secondary-level educational program…
Developmental Biology is a supplement for High School biology that highlights mechanisms of development, the role of genes in development…
Environmental Inquiry (EI) is a website and curriculum series developed to help high school students conduct environmental science research.
Core-Plus Mathematics is a college-preparatory high school mathematics program emphasizing the integrated development of fundamental concepts and skills in algebra and functions…
BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach
BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach is a three-year program in the sciences for high school that introduces students to the core concepts in inquiry, the physical sciences, the life sciences, and the earth-space sciences.
MATH Connections focuses not only on skills and problem-solving found in other secondary math programs, but it also focuses on conceptual thinking and the connections that make mathematical sense to students…
BSCS Biology: A Human Approach
BSCS Biology: A Human Approach is an introductory high school biology curriculum that helps students look at and understand biology in a brand new way.
ATE Central is a freely available online portal and collection of materials and services that highlight the work of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers.
Astrobiology is a low-cost, high-impact science course designed to reach students having a wide range of abilities.
Engineering is Elementary
The Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children.
Active Chemistry is a full-year chemistry program covering all core concepts.
Active Physics is a different species of physics course. It has the mechanics optics, and electricity you anticipate, but not where you expect…
The CME Project
The CME Project offers an innovative high school mathematics curriculum, wrapped around a familiar course sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry,…
The Geometer's Sketchpad
The Geometer's Sketchpad is a dynamic construction, demonstration, and exploration tool that adds a powerful dimension to the study of…
The BioKIDS/DeepThink research group is engaged in educational research to improve science learning in high-poverty, urban, elementary and…