Science, technology, engineering & math

STEM Links

The OSTRC has assembled this growing list of useful STEM, informal science education, and similar links and websites.


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Philadelphia Links

Academy of Natural Sciences. Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America's oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For nearly 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications and educational programming.

Bartram’s Garden.The non-profit John Bartram Association operates the Garden in cooperation with the Fairmount Park Commission. Thousands use it yearly for tours, educational programs, special events, recreation and as a community cultural center.

Citywide Math and Science Institute is committed to advancing STEM across Philadelphia and provides an extensive list of STEM resources, including programs and opportunities across the city.

Click 2 Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center. The Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, Inc. (CCCEEC)’s mission is to operate a premier urban environmental education center in Southwest and West Philadelphia that embraces and educates people of diverse backgrounds to understand and appreciate the important role the environment plays in our lives.

Curiosity Machine is a community of scientists, engineers and children creating together. Through this online learning platform children are inspired and equipped to create their own inventions with the support of trained and qualified mentors.

Discover Engineering In Greater Philadelphia is the preeminent site for those aspiring or studying to be engineers in the greater Philadelphia area. The website includes engineering opportunities, internships, scholarships, and more for school-age as well as college students.

Franklin Institute Science Museum. In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

George Washington Carver Science Fair. The George Washington Carver Science Fair encourages urban youth to pursue academic achievement and careers in science.  The Carver Fair is jointly sponsored by Temple University, The Academy of Natural Sciences, The School District of Philadelphia, and The Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  It is open to all students in grades four through twelve who attend Philadelphia County public, charter, parochial, and private schools, as well as to home schooled students residing in the county.

iPraxis. iPraxis creates and fosters opportunities that engage underrepresented communities in science and technology through education and entrepreneurship.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. Since its establishment in 1972, the refuge has worked with area educators to provide educational opportunities for their students. Our programs focus on providing teachers with the information, skills, and resources to incorporate the environment into their curriculum and to utilize the refuge as an outdoor classroom.

The Math Forum@Drexel is a leading online resource for improving math learning, teaching, and communication. They offer a wealth of problems and puzzles; online mentoring; research; team problem solving; collaborations; and professional development.

People’s Emergency Center: Digital Inclusion and Technology Program offers free access to computers for general use and training throughout the year to students of all ages to develop the technology skills necessary for success in 21st century careers and education.

Philadelphia Education Fund's Math + Science Coalition supports STEM learning in Philadelphia through a variety of services including grants, student tutoring, and professional development.

Philadelphia Science Festival. The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. 

Philadelphia Zoo. The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year. Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first.


STEMCityPhl is a civic campaign to build collective public will for excellent STEM education and opportunities, ensuring that all Philadelphians can participate in the economy of today and tomorrow.

Tech Impact. Tech Impact (formerly NPower PA) provides hands-on technology support to nonprofits via implementation and support of an organization’s entire technology infrastructure, either in the cloud or on-premise. They are the nonprofit behind and as well as ITWorks,which is a 16 week training program to help young urban adults (18-24) move into an IT career.

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.


Pennsylvania Links

ASSET STEM Education, a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit located in Pittsburgh, fosters STEM fluency and college/career readiness by providing educators of students pre-K through career with highly effective professional development, hands-on educational materials and consulting services.

Carnegie Science Center delights, educates, and inspires through interactive experiences in science and technology. It is one of four Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh, providing many programs, traveling exhibits, and planetarium shows.

Delaware Valley Science Fair. Delaware Valley Science Fairs, Inc. (DVSF) was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1993, making it one of the oldest Fairs in the country. It is now also one of the largest.  The Fairs were designed as a vehicle for stimulating interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) among students in middle and high schools in the tri-state area. 

Female Alliance STEM Excellence (FASE) is an alliance of business, education and community representatives from the multi-county region in Central Pennsylvania. Their goal is to encourage excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) among the women and girls. is a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world. Our organizations are resource hubs for educational programs that involve people of all ages and backgrounds.

PAEE’s Environmental Education (EE) Resources Website is your source for Environmental Resources in PA, from Educational Materials to Environmental Services & Products.

Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education. Everybody talks about living “green,” but what does it really mean for you in your home? What are the benefits of a green lifestyle to your health and to your budget? Can you afford to be more green—and can you afford not to? This section will answer many of your questions with links to environmental information, outdoor activities and other resources to help you live a more healthy and sustainable life.

Pennsylvania Department of Education – Standards Aligned Systems Portal. Using your own account, staff from all fields can access a variety of STEM related resources, tools, and instruments. Of special interest is the Technology and Engineering Education Learning Community (register to join this community under "teacher tools")..

Pennsylvania Earth Science Teachers Association (PAESTA) is a membership organization that seeks to facilitate and advance excellence in Earth and Space Science education. Membership is free and open to any educator or supporter of Earth and Space science education from Pennsylvania or outside the state.

Pennsylvania Out-of-School Time Project Accelerate's New STEM Portal. STEM represents a broad category that includes critical activities and outcomes for OST staff and students. Quality STEM programming can enhance students’ academic achievement, skill development, career access and life-long STEM literacy.

STEMisphere. The mission of STEMispere is to provide access to all of the exceptional STEM education opportunities available in southwestern Pennsylvania by focusing on collaboration, great teaching, and inspired learning. STEMisphere is the central hub for the region’s STEM resources and acts as a directory for students, parents, educators and others who are interested in STEM education.

Women in Aerospace & Technology Program (WATP) The overarching aim of the Women in Aerospace and Technology Program is to address the technology gender gap in American industry. The program pairs our regional aerospace industry and local universities with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania to provide enriching experiences for young women.


National Links

21st Century Educational Tech. This link provides informative links filled with resources: blogs, and a Professional Learning Network.

21st Century Partnership for STEM Education is an independent, non-profit, federally tax exempt organization funded through federal, state and school district contracts to advance literacy and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by partnering with institutions of higher education, economic development entities, other non-profits and school districts.

American Association for the Advancement of Science The American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Triple A-S" (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) is a professional physics science society dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in physical science education.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronaumics STEM Outreach. Aerospace engineering is the branch of engineering focused on the design, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft. This website offers content, curricula, career descriptions, mentors, and other unique resources.

Assessment Tools in Informal Science. Find the right assessment tool to measure performance of informal and out-of-school science, technology, engineering and math programs.

Association of Science-Technology CentersThe Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering public engagement with science among increasingly diverse audiences.

Biological Exceptions Blog includes pertinent vocabulary with etymology, interesting questions to spark discussion, links to the reports from the latest research on the subject being discussed, and a list of online resources for more information and classroom activities.

Blacks in Technology  is a community-based website that is geared towards building and establishing a community that focuses on bringing blacks together within technology related fields.

CanTEEN Girl is an innovative online resource that aims to inspire girls to go into STEM careers through gaming and online activities. The interactive games, such as the trivia spin wheel, can be used by educators, parents, and out-of-school time leaders. The CanTEEN interactive program is broken down into 11 Common Core categories.  This resource shows teenage girls possible career choices by introducing them to women in STEM fields.

Center for the Advancement of Informal Science EducationThe Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) works in collaboration with the NSF Informal Science Education Program (ISE) to strengthen and advance the field of informal science education and its infrastructure by providing resources for NSF principal investigators, ISE professionals, and STEM researchers.

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education. Dedicated to improving K-16 STEM education through the meaningful and effective integration of technology, CIESE fosters the use of research-based instructional methodologies and technologies to improve and pioneer novel technologies to explore and better understand their impact on improved education and society.

Change the Equation. Change the Equation (CTEq) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, CEO-led initiative that is mobilizing the business community to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in the United States.

Click2Science blog features posts writting by the C2S team, expereinced trainers, coaches and frontline staff on topis most relevanent to your work.

Coalition for Science Afterschool. Established in 2004, the Coalition for Science After School strives to make science, technology, engineering and math integral components of afterschool and summer programming by bringing together the experience and commitment of thousands of individuals and organizations across the country.

CSEdWeek recognizes the critical role of computing in today’s society and the imperative to bolster computer science education at all levels. 

Curiosity Machine. This new online platform connects scientists and engineers directly to students, and provides students with access to content and mentoring that is critical in developing 21st century thinking skills.

Defined Learning Defined Learning is an educational company with roots in both media and curriculum development. Our products and services are innovative, yet meet the needs of today's educational environment.

Defined STEM Defined STEM combines a unique set of real-world themed resources to create a 21st century learning platform. Our common core standard aligned performance tasks, literacy tasks, and real-world video enable students to see the relevance of K-12 topics through real-world careers and themes.

DESIGN SQUAD NATION website is an online community that grew out of the DESIGN SQUAD television series that aired on PBS KIDS. The site targets kids ages 8 and older and features creative activities, engaging video, interactive games, and exciting contests. The goal of Design Squad is to give kids a stronger understanding of the design process, and the connection between engineering and the things we all use in everyday life.

Dot Diva seeks to create an exciting and positive image of computing for high school girls. Their nationwide survey revealed that not only do the majority of girls think of computing as "boring" and "hard," but they believe it fails to deliver two crucial benefits: "working with others" and "making a difference in other people's lives." The ultimate goal of Dot Diva is to transform this negative perception.

EdTec. EdTec is a social venture founded in 2001 to develop, support and advance quality charter schools. Our exceptional team has provided unparalleled expertise and support to over 200 charter schools across a comprehensive range of services.

Educate to Innovate. President Obama has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This campaign will include efforts not only from the Federal Government but also from leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with young people across America to excel in science and math.

Education for Innovation is the blog page for Interact about podcast topics and guests. The Education for Innovation podcast explores issues related to technology and engineering education K-12.

Engage CS Edu's goal is to help grow a more diverse computing workforce by supporting the retention of women and other underrepresented groups in undergraduate computing education. Having a great experience in introductory computer science courses can be crucial to maintaining interest in the field.

EngineerGirl is a website designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. The website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and grew out of the work of the NAE Committee on the Diversity of the Engineering Workforce.

Engineering Adventures (EA) is an engineering curriculum created especially for out-of-school time (OST) programs. In EA, children are introduced to the Engineering Design Process as they ask questions, imagine, plan, create, and improve solutions to real-world problems. 

Engineering Contests is a compilation of engineering contests and scholarships for K-12 and college students. The contests aggregated on the website are the most current and comprehensive list of opportunities for students interested in developing engineering expertise.

Engineering- Go For It (eGFI) is a tool for teachers to use to boost their students' skills in math, science and engineering. The website gives ideas for enriching learning opportunities and allows individuals to sign up for their monthly newsletter.  

Engineer Your Life is a website meant for high school girls and the adults in their lives (parents, counselors, teachers, and other educators) who want to learn more about what life and work are like for engineers. 

FamFems is a resource to get young girls connected to women in STEM fields. Women who are working, or have worked in the STEM fields can create a profile to expand girls’ career options, dispel stereotypes and spark their interests. Both women who want to be role models and girls looking for role models can use this website.

FieldTripZoom is an online service that allows you to search, order, schedule, and connect to hundreds of live interactive programs from museums, zoos, and historical sites that offer virtual classroom visits.

Foundations for Success (FFS) is an online, interactive resource for students, parents, and educators (grades K-9) who are interested in STEM fields. The website features STEM career information, educational games, and opportunities for students to interact with peers.

Girls, Math & Science Partnership seeks to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change.  Working with girls age 11 - 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, Girls, Math & Science draws organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.  Girls, Math & Science is a program of the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.

Girlstart. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.

Grant Wrangler STEM Grants and Resources. Looking for a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) grant for your school? Grant Wrangler is the place to find math education grants, technology school grants, and science grants for K-12 schools and teachers.

Hopeworks ‘N Camden uses education, technology, and entrepreneurship to partner with young men and women as they identify and earn a sustainable future. recently launched an updated evaluation page designed to make evaluation resources more accessible to informal STEM learning professionals. The new page visually highlights resources to help both veterans and those new to the community develop evaluation plans and proposals, iteratively inform projects, and disseminate evaluation findings.

Innovate-Educate tackles some of the nation’s most difficult challenges through collaboration, data-driven action and systemic solutions. Their work focuses on closing gaps along the education to economy pipeline for the future of our global competitiveness.

The 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 teacher education.

Iridescent has recently released an online platform of STEM cirriculum to help scientists and engineers to better connect with students and enable them to create together. The premise of the platform revolves around three key concepts: curiosity, courage, and persistence toward a solution.

Journal of STEM Education. The Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research is a half yearly, peer-reviewed publication for educators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. The journal emphasizes real-world case studies that focus on issues that are relevant and important to STEM practitioners. 

LabCandy. LabCandy makes fun and colorful lab gear available to girls (K-3) and pairs them with age-appropriate storybooks. Their mission is to cultivate girls’ interest in STEM fields by showing them that the field has room for girls like them.

Many Mentors' mission is to inspire, encourage, and support underrepresented students' interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, and eventual entrance into the STEM workforce. They do this with mentorships, including online mentorships, and community partnerships.


NASA After School Astronomy Clubs There are many After School Astronomy Clubs (ASACs) for grades K-12 scattered across the country. Through this website, you can become part of an ever growing community of ASACs and share your ideas, questions, challenges, and approaches with other clubs. This web site is part of a larger effort, supported by NASA, to enhance the teaching of space science and was made possible by a grant from the NASA/STScI IDEAS program.

NASA Climate Kids explains basic climate change science with multimedia, games, humor, and crystal clear language.

NASA Education NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education.

NASA Kids' Club is an award-winning educational website designed for children in kindergarten through fourth-grade. Content is based on education standards and designed to engage young children in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

NASA Summer of Innovation Curriculum Tools NASA’s education specialists have developed themed units and camps of NASA content to help make your summer programming both exciting and meaningful. The selected units and camps are specific, hands-on, problem-based activities that are appropriate for the summer learning setting.

NASA's Space Place is an educational website about space, earth sciences, and technologies for elementary-aged children.

National Center for Women and Information Technology works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance.

National Girls Collaborative Project The National Girls Collaborative Project is designed to reach girl-serving STEM organizations across the United States. The Collaborative's vision is to bring together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

National Girls Collaborative Program Directory. This directory allows for postings and searches of programs that serve girls interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The purpose of this Directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. 

National Math and Science Initiative. The National Math and Science Initiative was formed to address one of the nation’s greatest economic and intellectual threats - the declining number of students who are prepared for and take rigorous college courses in mathematics and science. Their strategy is to find and promote programs that have demonstrated a significant impact on math and science education in the United States.

National Partnerships for Afterschool Science. The National Partnerships for Afterschool Science [NPASS and NPASS2] is creating new, state-based cadres of professional Science Trainers who provide long-term training and technical assistance to afterschool programs in their state or region.  

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…" With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities.

National Science Teacher's Association The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Also, you can subscribe to one of their various e-newsletters, including NSTA Express, The STEM Classroom,and Encouraging Young Scientists.

Nauticus Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center in Norfolk, VA, that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more!

Nebraska Department of Education The State Board of Education is an elected, constitutional body that sets policy and ensures that the State Department of Education functions effectively. The department contains a number of STEM resources including this fact sheet of useful tools and websites.

Next Generation Science Standards. Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K-12 science standards are being developed that will be rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources for Grades PreK-12. 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.

PhET. PhET provides fun, interactive, reseach-based simulations of physical phenomena for free. We believe that our research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

Physics Classroom. The Physics Classroom provides resources for physics educators and parents of children and youth from first grade through high school. Selected physics topics with enrichment activities and checks for understanding are included in the website.

Project Based Instruction in STEM Education. This is a blog centering on a course at the University of Texas at Austin entitled "Project Based Instruction in STEM Education."

Project Liftoff. Project Liftoff provides leadership and empowers its statewide partnerships to develop a model of a two-year strategic process for launching statewide systems for informal science education. The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation connects students, mentors, and schools in every community a variety of successful and engaging technology-based programs. Its goal is to provide these programs with services, solutions, and a community that allows them to flourish in a way that fosters the technical and interpersonal skills necessary for students to succeed in the 21st century.

SCE / Susan Crown Exchange, Inc. Through three primary programs - digital learning, social and emotional learning, and catalyst grants - SCE connects talent and innovation with forces for positive change. 


Science After School Consumers Guide. The SAS Consumers Guide contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for afterschool programs. Materials include semester and year long curricula, activity kits, instructor guides consisting of many related activities, and Web sites that offer content appropriate for afterschool programs.

ScienceGeekGirl is a blog created by Stephanie Chasteen,  a physicist, writer and educator in Boulder, CO. She describes her blog as “her playspace to talk about education reform (mostly secondary and college), hands-on science activities, teaching tips, science communication, and anything else science-y that strikes her fancy.”

Science Sparks provides fun and easy science experiments for kids.

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.

SMILE is run by a group of science museums dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world. Their organizations are resource hubs for educational programs that involve people of all ages and backgrounds. Together they work to gather the best STEM education materials from the web, and encourage educators to both use and contribute to the growing collection.

Smithsonian Science is a website produced by the Smithsonian’s Office of Public Affairs featuring stories, photos and videos of Smithsonian scientific research that asks questions and explores issues relevant to today, and pushes the boundaries of human knowledge.

Sparticl Website is a new informal learning portal designed for teens ages 13-15 but open to all ages. Sparticl's unique social gaming features encourage teens to test their knowledge, rate, comment on, and share content.

STELAR website features a collection of publications, webinars, and curricula based on findings from the National Science Foundation's ITEST program. With a focus on STEM workforce development, the collection includes resources on educator professional development, STEM in afterschool and informal learning, and STEM career opportunities and workforce development.

STEMconnector is "The one-stop for STEM Information." With an innovative product-line, STEMconnector works closely with corporations and other organizations to provide them with a set of tools and resources that support their corporate development, corporate structure, and smart STEM investments.

STEMCityPhil is a civic campaign to build collective public will for excellent STEM education and opportunities, ensuring that all Philadelphians can participate in the economy of today and tomorrow. 

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 Education Institute. Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts, the STEM Education Institute provides definitions, background information, links, curricula, and other helpful resources.

STEM Everywhere Video Series. Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us. From science-based internships, to student-run makerspaces, to after-school activities, STEM is everywhere.

STEMfinity looks to provide today's youth with project-based tools to spark interest and passion in STEM. STEMfinity has hand-picked the best STEM kits available for Grades PreK-12 and has hundreds of affordable options for after-school programs, classrooms, homeschoolers, and individuals looking for inexpensive curriculum and hands-on material.

STEM Funding from AfterSchool Alliance. Getting funding and long-term stainability can feel daunting. AfterSchool Alliance has put together resources specifically for STEM afterschool program.

STEM-Smart. STEM-SMART is an online community that connects U.S. high school and college students with universities and businesses dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with the intent to increase the number of U.S. students, particularly girls and under-represented groups, in these disciplines.

STEM-Works supports volunteers that are working in their local communities to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in our nation.

STEM/Nova. STEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can't help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts., sponsored by Defined Learning, provides educators a resource to find relevant information, discussions, and news relating to the STEM education initiatives across the US.

Step Up to STEM uses proven, nationally recognized curriculum components to provide strong STEM education for Girard College’s population of at-risk youth. “Step up” is an ongoing initiative launched in 2011-12.Girard College is a Grade 1-12 college prep academy in Philadelphia, providing full-scholarship, residential education to academically capable students from vulnerable neighborhoods.

Student Science is a resource of the Society for Science and the Public. This site features information ranging from students studying luminescent fish to fun facts about the Eiffel Tower.


Technovation a technology entrepreneurship program and competition for young women. Through an intensive 3-month, 50-hour curriculum, teams of young women work together to imagine, design, and develop mobile apps, then pitch their “startup” businesses to investors.

Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM. Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education is the country’s foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government.

TechSoup connects nonprofits and public libraries with technology products, plus the learning resources needed to make informed decisions about technology. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, nonprofits and libraries can access donated and discounted products and services, including high-quality refurbished hardware, and software from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers.

Triangle Coalition is comprised of member organizations that represent a wide range of businesses, education alliances, nonprofit organizations, and STEM societies from across the nation. Members share a common interest in furthering STEM education in the United States through communication, advocacy, and programs.

Understanding ScienceTo understand science, just look around you. This website will help you learn more about science as a process of learning about the natural world, and access the parts of science that affect your life.

Using Data in the Classroom. Today's information technology provides many new mechanisms for collecting, manipulating, and aggregating data. In addition, large on-line data repositories provide the opportunity for totally new kinds of student experiences. This site provides information and discussion for educators and resource developers interested in effective teaching methods and pedagogical approaches for using data in the classroom.

White House Women in STEM. This website has several recorded stories of women who have worked for the United States government in science, technology, engineering, or math positions. The aim of this site is to encourage young women to pursue a career in science.

Whyville is the premier educational virtual world for children ages 8 to 15. Whyville's citizens come from all over the world to socialize, have fun, and explore topics in science, economics, citizenship and more.


To suggest additional STEM links, contact OSTRC Consultant Nancy Peter.