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Information for Teachers

Elementary

STEM Instructional Activity Resources

Carnegie Science Center - For Educators - Carnegie Science Center is a good place to find STEM related programs.  You can request someone to visit your school or take your kids on a fieldtrip.  Let science come to life for your students at the Carnegie Science Center.

Center for the Collaborative Classroom - AfterSchool KidzScience program for grades 3-5 is designed specifically for out of school settings. You will find information for life, physical, forensic and Earth and space science. This information was developed in close collaboration with CCC by The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley. 

The Department of Energy STEM Resources - The Department of Energy Office of Science in Washington, DC provides many different STEM Resources activities for K-12 educators and students.  You can search the site by grade level, STEM discipline and resource type.

The Department of Energy - Fossil Energy -  You can find information about fossil energy that you can use in your classroom.  Feel free to download study guides and activities for elementary, middle and high school students. 

The Department of Energy of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) education and workforce development activities support the market deployment of EERE technologies by focusing on further development and enhancement of these critical workforce skills as well as engaging and inspiring the future workforce. You will find lesson plans, science projects, and other activities that can be done in the classroom or at home to get K-12 students excited about clean energy!

The Department of  Energy - Energy 101 Videos - The Energy 101 series is a collection of educational short videos on a variety of energy related topics. Also, DOE has a general video site that can be searched for other topics and energy related talks

Energy Kids - Offers K-12 students an opportunity to explore energy sources and ways to save energy, though online puzzles, quizzes, games, activates and experiments. There is a teacher’s section that will help you plan lesson about energy. 

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) - Get energized by downloading The National Energy Technology Laboratory’s (NETL) science activity book. This book has many different activities for your elementary students that you can do in the classroom.

NSTA National Science Teacher Association - You will find many great ideas to add into your classroom. Also, you will find competitions, grants and fellowships, NSTA position statement, freebies for science teachers and other great resources and opportunities for your classroom. 

NSTA National Science Teacher Association Classroom Resources   - You can find materials for your classroom in Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science and Engineering, Technology & the application of Science. 

The Sandia National Laboratories Family Science Night - The Sandia National Laboratories has a class materials and activities for your elementary student.  You can find activities to do in math and science on this page. 

Professional Development/Training

Carnegie Mellon University  -   CMU has professional development programs that help you with STEM related topics. The Gelfand Center works with each presenter to be sure that the programs are eligible for Act 48 status. 

U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) -  NETL makes significant efforts to educate teachers by providing on-site workshops.  These workshops are held thought the year, with each session providing different topic materials for teachers to take back and execute in their classroom.

Contests and Competitions

FIRST Lego League Jr (K-4) - Captures young curiosity by exploring real-world scientific challenges, learning teamwork, and working with motorized LEGO elements.  Teams (up to 6 students) that are in the same grade (K-4) compete in this hands-on competition.

FIRST - Lego League Jr (4-8)-  With an adult coaches to guide them, teams (up to 10 students) apply science, engineering and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solution to real-world challenges.

Middle School

STEM Instructional Activity Resources

Carnegie Science Center - For Educators - Carnegie Science Center is a good place to find STEM related programs.  You can request someone to visit your school or take your kids on a fieldtrip.  Let science come to life for your students at the Carnegie Science Center.

Carnegie Science Center - STEM CENTER - The Carnegie Science Center is a wealth of information for STEM educators.  You will find programs and competitions that are offer under the STEM CENTER tab. 

The Department of Energy Stem Resources - The Department of Energy Office of Science in Washington, DC provides many different STEM Resources for K-12 educators and students.  You can search the site by grade level, STEM discipline and resource type.

The Department of Energy - Fossil Energy -  You can find information about fossil energy that you can use in your classroom.  Feel free to download study guides and activities for elementary, middle and high school students. 

The Department of Energy of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) education and workforce development activities support the market deployment of EERE technologies by focusing on further development and enhancement of these critical workforce skills as well as engaging and inspiring the future workforce.  You will find lesson plans, science projects, and other activities that can be done in the classroom or at home to get K-12 students excited about clean energy!

The Department of  Energy - Energy 101 Videos - The Energy 101 series is a collection of educational short videos on a variety of energy related topics. Also, DOE has a general video site that can be searched for other topics and energy related talks. 

Energy Kids - Offers K-12 students an opportunity to explore energy sources and ways to save energy, though online puzzles, quizzes, games, activates and experiments. There is a teacher’s section that will help you plan lesson about energy. 

Making Matter - Build an Atom -  This web base game, you will use the basic building blocks of matter to build chemical elements.  Find the answers you need using scientific tools like the Periodic Table.  This game shows the most common form (isotope) of each element.

NSTA National Science Teacher Association - You will find many great ideas to add into your classroom. Also, you will find competitions, grants and fellowships, NSTA position statement, freebies for science teachers and other great resources and opportunities for your classroom. 

NSTA National Science Teacher Association Classroom Resources   - You can find materials for your classroom in Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science and Engineering, Technology & the application of Science. 

Professional Development/Training

Carnegie Mellon University  -   CMU has professional development programs that help you with STEM related topics. The Gelfand Center works with each presenter to be sure that the programs are eligible for Act 48 status. 

U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) -  NETL makes significant efforts to educate teachers by providing on-site workshops.  These workshops are held thought the year, with each session providing different topic materials for teachers to take back and execute in their classroom.

Contests and Competitions

DOE National Science Bowl (6-8) - The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle school teams from diverse backgrounds are comprise of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.  These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on arrange of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy and math.

E Cybermission - Accept The Challenge (6-9) - The ECYBERMISSION is a web based science competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Teams of 3-4 students in the same grade will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for prizes at the State, Regional and National level.  This competition is offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by National Science Teacher Association (NSTA).

FIRST Lego League Jr (4-8)- With an adult coach to guide them, teams (up to 10 students) apply science, engineering and math concepts, plus a big dose of imagination, to develop solution to real-world challenges.

FIRST Tech Challenge (7-12) - Teams (of 10 or more members) design, build, program and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas.  Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. 

Future City Competition (6-8) - Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade imagine, research, design and build cities of the future.  Students work as a team with and educator and engineer mentor to plan a future city. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington DC. 

Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) (5-8)  -  is an educational program for 5th through 8th grade students with the goal of creating the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted solar-vehicle possible.  Students get to compete in a local and regional competitions to qualify for the National JSS Competition.

ProjectCSGIRLS (6-8) - ProjectCSGIRLS is a competition designed to challenge girls to actively use computer science and technology to develop a solution to an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. To be eligible to participate, you must be a girl attending middle school (6th -8th grade), and you must reside in the continental United States. 

High School

STEM Instructional Activity Resources

Carnegie Science Center - For Educators - Carnegie Science Center is a good place to find STEM related programs.  You can request someone to visit your school or take your kids on a fieldtrip.  Let science come to life for your students at the Carnegie Science Center.

Carnegie Science Center - STEM CENTER - The Carnegie Science Center is a wealth of information for STEM educators.  You will find programs and competitions that are offer under the STEM CENTER tab. 

The Department of Energy STEM Resources - The Department of Energy Office of Science in Washington, DC provides many different STEM Resources for K-12 educators and students.  You can search the site by grade level, STEM discipline and resource type.

The Department of Energy - Fossil Energy - You can find information about fossil energy that you can use in your classroom.  Feel free to download study guides and activities for elementary, middle and high school students. 

The Department of Energy of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) education and workforce development activities support the market deployment of EERE technologies by focusing on further development and enhancement of these critical workforce skills as well as engaging and inspiring the future workforce.    You will find lesson plans, science projects, and other activities that can be done in the classroom or at home to get K-12 students excited about clean energy!

The Department of Energy - Energy 101 Videos - The Energy 101 series is a collection of educational short videos on a variety of energy related topics. Also, DOE has a general video site that can be searched for other topics and energy related talks. 

Energy Kids - Offers K-12 students an opportunity to explore energy sources and ways to save energy, though online puzzles, quizzes, games, activates and experiments. There is a teacher’s section that will help you plan lesson about energy. 

Making Matter - Build an Atom -  This web base game, you will use the basic building blocks of matter to build chemical elements.  Find the answers you need using scientific tools like the Periodic Table.  This game shows the most common form (isotope) of each element.

NSTA National Science Teacher Association - You will find many great ideas to add into your classroom. Also, you will find competitions, grants and fellowships, NSTA position statement, freebies for science teachers and other great resources and opportunities for your classroom.

NSTA National Science Teacher Association Classroom Resources   -You can find materials for your classroom in Physical Science, Life Science, Earth & Space Science and Engineering, Technology & the application of Science. 

Professional Development/Training

Carnegie Mellon University -   CMU has professional development programs that help you with STEM related topics. The Gelfand Center works with each presenter to be sure that the programs are eligible for Act 48 status. 

U.S. Department of Energy - National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) - NETL makes significant efforts to educate teachers by providing on-site workshops.  These workshops are held thought the year, with each session providing different topic materials for teachers to take back and execute in their classroom.

Contests and Competitions

DOE National Science Bowl (9-12) - The U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. High school teams from diverse backgrounds are comprise of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.  These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on arrange of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, energy and math.

FIRST Tech Challenge (7-12) - Teams (of 10 or more members) design, build, program and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation and sharing ideas.  Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. 

FIRST Robotics Competition (9-12) - Under strict rules, limited resources and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents alumni and more teams of 25 or more students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field competitors.  They must also raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach.   In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $50 million in college scholarships. 

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) (9-12) -  Millions of students worldwide compete each year in local and school-sponsored science fairs; the winners of these events go on to participate in Society-Affiliated regional and state fairs from which the best win the opportunity to attend intel ISEF. 

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS) Program (9-12) -   Is designed to challenge and engage students, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers.   Opportunities for hands-on workshops, panel discussion, career exploration, research lab visits and networking are planned.