National Science Foundation
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.
RESOURCES
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A Complete Guide of STEM Resources
A comprehensive list of STEM resources for students, parents, and educators.
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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.
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Young Scientist Series
The Young Scientist series is a science curriculum for children three to five years old.
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World Watcher
WorldWatcher is a supportive scientific visualization environment for the investigation of scientific data, in K-12 and college classrooms.
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Whyville
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.
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Connecting with Mathematics: Ideas behind Techniques
The Education Developoment Center (EDC) is developing, field-testing, and disseminating professional development materials for mathematics teachers in grades 6-12.
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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.
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Urban ecology course materials to enhance student knowledge and engagement
develops pathways for inner-city students to enter college with a focus in a STEM area by learning how to use cutting edge geospatial and computer modeling software to investigate pressing urban ecological problems and take action using social and environmental justice lenses.
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Universal Design in Science Education
The Universal Design in Science Education project develops technology-rich science curriculum modules for grades 3-6.
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Understanding Science
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.
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Modernizing Instruction in Taxonomy and Systematics: Materials for High School Biology
This project has led to two high school curriculum supplements, one on taxonomy and one on developmental biology.
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Think Math!
Think Math! is a comprehensive kindergarten through fifth grade curriculum that provides high-quality mathematics for all children.
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The Fun Works careers guide web site
Fun works is a web site designed to help young people explore ways to link their interests to exciting future careers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Science Notebooks in K-12 Classrooms
Science notebooks can be used to help students develop, practice, and refine their science understanding, while also enhancing reading, writing
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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
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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
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Science and Technology for Children (STC) BOOKS
The National Science Resource Center has launched a new series, "Science and Technology for Children BOOKS," to add
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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
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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
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Math Trailblazers
Math Trailblazers is a complete, research-based K-5 mathematics program that integrates math, science and language arts
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Math Pathways and Pitfalls
Math Pathways and Pitfalls (MPP) provides professional development for teachers, and intervention lessons for students in grades K-8
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Living by Chemsitry
Designed to encourage all students to learn real chemistry, Living By Chemistry is a full-year high school curriculum
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Lego Engineering
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
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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.
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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
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Teachers' Domain
Teachers' Domain is an extensive library of free digital media resources produced by public television, designed for classroom use and professional development
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"Teachable Agents" as an approach to science learning
The Teachable Agents Project combines research from computer science, psychology, and education to develop computer-based learning environments.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Project-Based Inquiry Science: PBIS
Project-Based Inquiry Science is a middle school curriculum project based on students thinking like and being scientists.
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Birdsleuth - Student Investigations Focusing on Birds
This middle-school or high school curriculum facilitates inquiry in biology, ecology, animal behavior and natural history.
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Physics That Works - Project Based Curriculum
Physics That Works is a one-year, project-based curriculum that places standards-based science learning in workplace contexts.
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SMILE: Math and Science resources for out-of-school learning
The Science and Math Informal Learning Education (SMILE) pathway collects the best educational materials on the web and creates learning activities, tools, and services for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.
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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.
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OrganicPad - Chemistry Without Constraints
OrganicPad is an educational tool designed for users to freely draw molecules in an intuitive manner.
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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
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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
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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
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InterActions in Physical Science
InterActions in Physical Science is a yearlong physical science course for seventh or eighth grade middle school students
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Insights: An Inquiry-Based Elementary School Science Curriculum
Insights: An Inquiry-Based Elementary School Science Curriculum is a K-6 curriculum designed to meet the needs of all children in grades K-6 while specifically addressing urban students.
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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
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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
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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
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Exploring Earth
The Exploring Earth site was designed to accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook
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Everyday Mathematics
The Everyday Mathematics program is an elementary mathematics program celebrating 20 years of research and development
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Environmental Connections
Environmental Connections is a guide to assist in teaching about the environment, whatever the class subject
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EarthComm
Earth System Science in the Community (EarthComm) is a comprehensive secondary-level educational program
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Developmental Biology
Developmental Biology is a supplement for High School biology that highlights mechanisms of development, the role of genes in development
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Climbing the Tree of Life: Taxonomy and Phylogeny
Climbing the Tree of Life: Taxonomy and Phylogeny is a supplement for High School biology which takes advantage of student' interest in biodiversity
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Environmental Inquiry
Environmental Inquiry (EI) is a website and curriculum series developed to help high school students conduct environmental science research.
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Core-Plus Mathematics
Core-Plus Mathematics is a college-preparatory high school mathematics program emphasizing the integrated development of fundamental concepts and skills in algebra and functions
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Connected Mathematics Project
Connected Mathematics is a complete middle school mathematics curriculum
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ChemCom: Chemistry in the Community
Chemistry in the Community is a first-year high school chemistry textbook that covers concepts in the context of societal issues.
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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.
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Math Connections
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
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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.
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BioComm: Biology in a Community Context
BioComm is a full-year Biology course covering all core topics.
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ATE Central
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.
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Astrobiology
Astrobiology is a low-cost, high-impact science course designed to reach students having a wide range of abilities.
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Engineering is Elementary
The Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children.
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Active Chemistry
Active Chemistry is a full-year chemistry program covering all core concepts.
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Active Physics
Active Physics is a different species of physics course. It has the mechanics optics, and electricity you anticipate, but not where you expect
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The CME Project
The CME Project offers an innovative high school mathematics curriculum, wrapped around a familiar course sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry,
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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
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The BioKIDS/DeepThink
The BioKIDS/DeepThink research group is engaged in educational research to improve science learning in high-poverty, urban, elementary and

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