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STEM Resources for teachers including integrated curriculum projects, movies to use in class, how to attract girls to technical careers and classroom materials.

 Sierra STEM Lessons

See STEM lessons under Sierra STEM projects, learn from other teachers by participating in STEM Academy and learn about exciting new teaching tools such as Jonathan Schwartz’s Fraction Contraption.

Collaborative Thinking Process developed for Sierra STEM

 Integrated Curriculum Projects

PBS Design Squad Teacher’s Guide — Design Squad has developed a new guide for middle school science and technology teachers. The guide blends hands-on engineering challenges with three core science topics – force, electricity, and sound. The challenges use low cost, readily available materials and are linked to national science and technology standards. Order your free copy of the Design Squad Teacher’s Guide.

CTEOnline offers lessons by career pathways under the CTE Online curriculum tab including : Manufacturing & Product Development – Graphic Arts Technology, Integrated Graphics Technology, Machine and Forming Technology, Welding Technology; Engineering & Design; Fashion Design, Manufacturing, and Merchandising; Energy & Utilities; Building Trades and Construction and many others.

College Readiness: University of Wisconsin System’s Math MOOC - online math refresher course to reduce the need for math remediation among college students.

NASA Wavelength digital library of NASA science education resources.

Math Lessons for Right Brain People from

Product Design and prototyping projects at

Math, Art, and Origami at MIT from

K12 STEM lesson Plans from North Carolina State University College of Engineering including roller coasters, M&M probability, fuel cell cars and much more.

Innovative methods to teach optics to 5th graders from SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

High school and college projects from Hofstra University — New York State Curriculum for Advanced Technological Education Project including automated control, polymers, design for manufacture and more.

Sound, light, electricity and other projects from Make magazine Maker Fair web site.

Los Altos Academy of Engineering site offers ideas under projects and galleries.

 Imagine it inspires creativity and innovation to develop new uses for products and stretch imagination.

 Lego modeling used by John Hopkins University engineers creates visuals on particles, cells and molecules’ behavior and

Mastercam: Woodworking for Girls

Edmonds Community College Materials Science Resource Center is a National Science Foundation funded project that focuses on materials science. The site is a clearinghouse of teaching materials for the broad field of materials technology.

Online movies

MIT BLOSSOMS (Blended Learning Open Source Science and Math Studies) is a source of over 50 math and science video lessons freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads. You can search by education standards as well as topic and language.

The Collaboration Between Design and Engineering - The Futures Channel – Take your students inside the Ford Advanced Design Studio for an up-close look at how the success of a project depended on a perfect balance and very close collaboration between designers and engineers.

What Does an Industrial Designer Do? Even though the acronym STEM stands for only four topics (science, technology, engineering and math), make sure your students know that in the real world, STEM very often involves Art, Creativity, Design and Innovation. Introduce your students to Hilgard Muller, an industrial design manager working on an entire line of new sport-performance sunglasses, and give them an inside look at what Industrial Design is all about. Movie:

Behind the Scenes with Product Designers – The Futures Channel  Your students probably do some of the basic steps of product design without even knowing it.  Show them how two professional toy designers at K’NEX Industries use such things as concept sketching, collaboration, prototypes and, of course, their imaginations to design new toys. Includes math activity in Geometry; Trigonometry grades 6-10 Movie:

The Physics for Future Presidents lectures at UC Berkeley have gotten a lot of interest since they were posted on Google Videos. Professor Richard A. Muller covers topics in physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than math, with applications to current events, including, for example, a Toyota commercial that includes a meteor hitting the earth.

Modern automobile manufacturing. This is a ‘new age’ assembly plant in Germany for the VW Phaeton – complete with maple floors, glass exterior, automated assembly systems – where workers wear white, and customers come into the factory to order their car and watch the vehicles being built.

Resources that you can purchase

The National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science has developed a list of resources for teaching: Spatial Relations, Tool Identification, Math made Easy, Problem Solving, Career Tools and Blueprint reading. The books are ‘gender neutral’ so they work for all students.


Webinars and other resources from The STEM Equity Pipeline, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project that seeks to improve opportunities for nontraditional populations in the workforce.


“What is Industrial Design” Career Brochure from Industrial Designers Society of America, ( includes required skills, suggested courses, applications in industry, wage scales, and colleges offering a 4-year degree.

Transition Guides including “Getting ready for Middle School” and “Life after High School” as well as links, career resources, lesson plans and activities from the Los Angeles County Office of Education.