There are numerous everyday opportunities for exploring science with your child.
Challenger Center: Who doesn’t love space?! Parents, you can help your students take a trip!
A list of STEM games for kids.
STEM games for elementary and middle school children.
STEM career awareness lessons that can be done online and offline and aligned to academic standards.
Ask A Biologist’s Viral Attack Comic
Learn how our immune systems respond to an attack by a virus through this fun comic book.
Ask A Biologist
Open access to lessons, activities, stories, videos, online games, coloring pages, podcasts, and more, focused on all things biology.
Family Maths Toolkit
Activities you can do with your child to help them see the maths in everyday life.
Talking is Teaching
Talking is Teaching has great resources for early math concepts.
GoldiBlox offers a makerspace of DIY projects that are fun and functional.
Join our interactive online community and find colouring sheets, worksheets and activities that develop your understanding of the ocean
Ocean Education Tool Kits
Free education kits full of lesson plans, activities and resources to bring ocean literacy to the classrooms to educate, equip and empower students to be ocean stewards.
Learn what informal activities give children a head start when they start learning math in school.
Devon Thunder Explorers
The Devon Thunder Explorers program encourages students to be pioneers and adventurers, looking at the world around them with curiosity and wonder.
Ocean Literacy Course
Interactive and comprehensive online classrooms are perfect for educators and students to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the ocean.
PBS Kids offers free design challenges
A curriculum created especially for kids in grades 3–5 in out-of-school time programs! Follow India and Jacob as they solve real-life problems by using the engineering design process.
Pixar in a Box
A behind-the-scenes look at how Pixar artists do their jobs.
Explore engineering activities, learn from professionals, and discover pathways to become an engineer!
Engineering Go For It
Free lesson plans and resources for students
Starter projects to get your campers into making, creating, crafting, coding, and more, along with background on how to lead these projects with your campers to develop their Maker mindset and support them through their making process.
Little Bins for Little Hands
Family-friendly site for STEM and slime hands-on activities.
Free, hands-on artificial intelligence education competition that brings families, schools, communities, and technology know-it-alls together to give everyone the chance to learn, play and create with AI.
Storytime from Space
Astronauts read STEM related stories while in space
Easy-to-use AR learning app and lesson plans provide you and your students with the opportunity to design and create in Augmented Reality.
12 Museum Virtual Tours
Virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world.
Experiments and demonstrations that can be performed at home.
Mouse – Technology Open Project List
Projects that students can do from home.
Open Up Resources
Middle school (6-7-8) math curriculum that is focused on inquiry-based learning with interactive apps and labs.
Bedtime Math – Cabin Fever Math
Math learning at home in a way that’s fun and manageable for parents and caregivers.
A high quality resource designed to bring the world into classrooms and living rooms with free video content and curriculum that fosters global awareness and cross-cultural understanding.
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Various STEM activities & curriculum
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Various STEM activities & curriculum
STEM Next Opportunity Fund
With a strong focus on family engagement, STEM Next Opportunity Fund has been compiling countless resources for families for meaningful STEM engagement.
Projects that can be completed in one hour or less while exploring STEM concepts with a fun and engaging science or engineering exploration.
Resources for parents/guardians and educators with a series of at-home activities.
STEM activities and recommendations for families.
Alphabet Worth of Ways to “STEM Talk with Your Kids”
A to Z – of ways to engage families in STEM
Hundreds of online STEM resources, STEM activities for children and families, & virtual museum tours.
A playbook that contains hundreds of resources for families to use for engaging their children in meaningful STEM activities.
TGR EDU: Explore
No-cost digital platform offering interactive digital resources, designed for students and educators, grades 6-12, which develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-world applications.
Graduate and undergraduate classes, workshops and conference scholarships are available at NO COST to Indiana teachers!
Connect you with other computer science teachers, provide professional development to help you improve your craft, and connect your local voice to the national computer science education community.
Afterschool STEM Hub
A resource to help communicators and advocates build public support for afterschool and summer STEM learning.
Indiana Afterschool Locker
The one-stop shop supports programs focusing on curriculum, community engagement, workforce connectivity, and team tools – it provides lesson plans, engagement ideas, and connections to Indiana organizations and individuals in the field of afterschool and out-of-school time.
A comprehensive portal for STEAM offerings.
A coding community for kids!
Time for Kids
TIME for Kids builds the critical reading skills kids need to succeed in the information era. An annual subscription helps young readers better understand our complex world, and nurtures them to become informed, active citizens.
STEM at home bingo board
Children’s Museum At Home
Children’s Museum activities for the home.
NASA STEM at Home
NASA STEM Engagement Activities
Coding activities for kids
National Geographic for Families
Nat Geo stories and activities
TED lessons and series for students and educators
California Academy at Home
Eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects to help you stay learning and engaged, wherever you are.
My Field Atlas
“A career exploration platform for students to discover innovation-driven careers and companies.
STEM Ecosystems – STEM at Home
STEM at home
A digital asset library of women STEM innovators, for educational and other noncommercial use.
Nourish the Future
Nourish the Future is a national education initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers. We want to inspire a network of educators to foster critical thinking, connect students to modern agriculture, and provide sound science-based resources that meet teachers’ and students’ needs in the classroom.
GrowNextGen provides teachers with free, high-quality STEM units and lessons that bring agriculture principles and practices into the science classroom.
Project-based learning workshops – Designed to help you create authentic learning experiences through a PBL framework.
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day invites you to join the celebration and our amazing group of innovators who care so deeply for the future of public education. By joining the FRS Digital Learning Day network, you will receive ongoing opportunities to connect, share, and learn as educators reimagine the future of school.
EVERFI helps teachers, schools, and districts bring real-world skills to students. Thanks to partners, they provide resources, the digital platform, training, and support at no cost. Whether remote, hybrid or in the classroom – EVERFI offers engaging, self-paced lessons your students can access anywhere.
The eLearning Lab is a free resource available to any Indiana educator looking for support with tools that might support virtual or hybrid learning.
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students
2020 Outstanding science trade books for students K-12 and 2020 BEST STEM Books K-12.
PARCC provides sample questions, practice tests, performance tasks that support practice for iLearn.
I Am a Scientist
This project provides free “toolkits” to help teachers, families and young people themselves break down stereotypes about scientists while also introducing the students to various STEM fields.
Science News in High Schools
The online library offers nearly 200 teaching exercises that apply core curricular high school standards by highlighting current news in science.
Science News for Students
Published daily, Science News for Students posts both shorter news stories and longer features, all written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old. Resources for educators include: explainers, scientists say, experiments, cool jobs, invention and innovation, analyze this, technically fiction and student competitions.
The FabFems directory is an international database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.
The Global Goals for Sustainable Development
In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. All our resources are free, open source and translated into over 10 languages.
Periodic Table of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Occupations
Created as an accessible and engaging way for middle and high school students (and others) to learn about STEM occupations, the table features information (e.g., job duties, work environment, education, pay, job outlook, state and area data, similar occupations, and links) and short videos highlighting 24 STEM occupations.
Buck Institute for Education PBLWorks
Our services, tools, and research are designed to build the capacity of K-12 teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and the capacity of school leaders to create a culture for teachers to implement great projects with all students.
Character Strong is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide for you, “daily practice of Kindness.” Perfect for staff, students, and families to engage with.
Be Well Indiana
Be Well Indiana is a state created resource dedicated to providing mental health management to all Hoosiers during the COVID-19 crisis.
Join counselors and educators from across the state in a joint discussion around meeting the needs of our students in diverse settings.
Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness
The IDOE provides a variety of resources in regards to SEL work across the state.
The New York Times Writing Prompts
Looking for relatable writing prompts for your students? New York Times offers fantastic writing prompts for all levels.
Smekens Education – Writing Resources
Smekens Education is an Indiana-based resource that provides high-quality literacy mini-lessons for free.
ReadWriteThink provides educators with free PL, lessons, and engaging content for students. Sponsored by the NCTE, it is a trusted resource.
Get Epic is an engaging online reading platform. Assign stories to students and check their reading progress.
Access leveled, relevant nonfiction for students of all ages.
CommonLit is a free resource that allows educators to create balanced literacy units, embedded with nonfiction, fiction, and writing. Choose from 1,000s of passages that are organized by topic, theme, and reading level.
Readworks is a free resource that allows educators to create balanced literacy units, embedded with nonfiction, fiction, and writing. Choose from 1,000s of passages that are organized by topic, theme, and reading level.
Visible Learning for Literacy
Visible Learning for Literacy provides a research-based approach to determining the top 18 high-impact strategies for literacy. The Visible Learning research is frequently used in PLConnect workshops.
Smekens Education – Reading Resources
Smekens Education is an Indiana-based resource that provides high-quality literacy mini-lessons for free.
English/Language Arts Standards
For quick access to the ELA standards, check out the IDOE’s link.
The IDOE’s literacy framework is an excellent tool for educators. The framework provides standards breakdowns, objectives, question stems, and more.
If you are looking for problem solving tasks and interactive math tools check out Illuminations for NCTM.
One of the best websites for rigorous, higher order thinking tasks for K-12. They also offer free curriculum!
If you are looking for a resource for test taking strategies and great practice problems for ILearn this is the place for you.
Assessment Capable Learners
This is a Visible Learning resource that highlights ideas such as Teacher Clarity, Learning Intentions, Formative Assessment and Feedback.
Edutopia: Resources for ELL
Edutopia provides an extensive list of link and resources for ELL teachers.
Migrant Education Program
The IDOE provides numerous resources for migrant students and families.
IDOE English Learner Guidebook
The IDOE has published a guidebook of resources, strategies and policies to support classroom teachers in their work with ELL students.
Tools and resources to support ELL students in the classroom.
IASP is an outstanding organization providing leadership support to principals and assistant principals in Indiana.
The IDOE provides sample teacher evaluation rubrics and plans to support districts.
The IDOE’s mathematics framework in a one-stop shop for I can statements aligned to each standard, teaching resources to enhance your lessons and clarification on standards.
One stop shopping for everything you want to know regarding IDOE assessments. You will find blueprints, item specification and sample tasks that will support your efforts for state assessments.
Edpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to engage every student, one video at a time.
With Mentimeter you can create fun and interactive presentations using real-time voting. No installations or downloads required – and it’s free!
Pear Deck is built to support active learning and empower teachers to hear from every student, every day, in any classroom!
Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences.
Whiteboard.fi is an instant formative assessment tool for your classroom, providing you with live feedback and immediate overview over your students.
Flipgrid is 100% free for all educators, learners, and families. Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or at home by recording and sharing short, awesome videos…together!
Padlet is an online virtual “bulletin” board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures.
With Soapbox, all you need to create a great video is our Chrome extension, a webcam, and something to say! Hit record, and then edit to share your webcam, your screen, or a split-screen view.
Easy and free screen recorder for Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks. Record your camera and screen with audio directly from your Chrome browser to share easily.
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day.