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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) curriuclum is an important component to your STEM Program Plan. Access the Program Planning Tool to create your plan. This section provides a list of some STEM curriculum that has been identified as quality curriculum.

4-H Junk Drawer Robotics

Brief Description: The curriculum engages youth in learning scientific concepts and processes, the engineering design process cycle, and technology creation and building. Junk Drawer Robotics provides youth with these experiences by working with household items to complete simple design challenges.

STEM Subject: Science, Engineering, and Technology
Other Subject: Positive Youth Development
Grades: 5 to 8 (to participate in the robotics activities), 9-12 (to serve as teen facilitators for younger participants)
Student participants: Up to groups of 30
Format: Facilitator’s Guides (3 levels); Youth Notebook (one book that includes all three levels); online PDF facilitator’s notes

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AfterSchool KidzMath

Brief Description: This set of 50 cooperative games and 20 storybooks designed for use in out-of-school time settings encourages development of math and social skills. Educators can purchase an on-site support kit, and can participate in workshops, coaching, and modeling.

STEM Subject: Math
Other Subject(s): N/A
Grades: Elementary (2-4 and 3-6)
Student participants: Unspecified
Format: Kit with activity guides and games

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AfterSchool KidzScience

Brief Description: Three series (Life Science, Physical Science and Green Science) of three to four kits each.  Each kit contains four sessions/activities that explore science topics designed specifically for exploration in out-of-school time settings. In-person trainings and free video clips/podcasts are available.

Name: AfterSchool KidzScience

STEM Subject: Science
Other Subjects: Life science, physical science, green science
Grades: Elementary School (Gr. 3-5)
Student participants: Up to 20
Format: Full curriculum with materials

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Autodesk's Design for the Future Us

Introduce your students to the world of design with Autodesk’s Design the Future program, which offers free* Autodesk software, curricula aligned to Common Core standards, and training and certification.  California secondary schools are eligible to access up to 125 software licenses with three years of access to products that are widely used by leading designers, engineers, and architects, including Autodesk® Inventor®, 3ds Max®, Revit®, and Maya® and more.

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Backyard Mystery: Afterschool Biology Cirriculum

Backyard Mystery is a free set of biology lessons designed by the University of California, Berkeley for students grades 5-7.  The curriculum features four different backyard mysteries where students have to identify and figure out what the problem causing pathogen is.

To learn more about Backyard Mystery, or get it for free, click here.

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BioEd Online

Welcome to BioEd Online, the online educational resource for educators, students, and parents. BioEd Online utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you instant access to reliable, cutting-edge information and educational tools for biology and related subjects. Our goal is to provide useful, accurate, and current information and materials that build upon and enhance the skills and knowledge of science educators.

California 4-H Curricula

The Univeristy of California, 4-H Youth Development Program compiled a variety of curricula readily available for purchase or free dowload on their website.  Curriculum focus areas such as Science, Engineering, Technology, and Healthy Living.  Click on the link below to explore the 4-H material.

Access California 4-H Curricula here.

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Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum

Brief Description: This curriculum is composed of engaging informational text and student activities. The goal of the lessons are to: improve student's scientific literacy through building critical thinking and problem solving skills, encourage collaboration and communication, and inspire creativity and innovation.

STEM Subject: Science
Other Subject: History and Economics
Grades: Kindergarten to 8th grade
Student participants: Unspecified
Format: Student workbook (PDF) and Teacher's edition (PDF)

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Engineering Adventures

Engineering Adventures provides curricula involving engineer based activities meant for out-of-school time programs. Each unit pertains to different curriculum all of which will introduce students into the Engineering Design Process in real world problems. The newest addition to Engineering Adventures is the Hop To It unit, which gives students the ability to design traps for invasive species. 

Engineering Adventures!

Hop To It unit

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Engineering Adventures (free after school engineering curriculum)

Engineering Adventures (EA), a curriculum for 3rd through 5th graders in out-of-school time settings created by the Boston Museum of Science.

EverFi

EverFi offers a free online, new-media learning platforms that use the latest technology – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking -- to provide differentiated STEM education to elementary, middle and high school students.  Ignition - Digital Literacy & Responsibility™ educates students on the risks and rewards of technology.  Radius – Math & Coding™ is a STEM education program with topics ranging from the real world application of algebra to basic computer science.

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Fantasy Baseball

Brief Description: Students do math activities in the context of creating baseball teams and competing in a fantasy baseball tournament.

STEM Subject: Math
Other Subject: N/A
Grades: Elementary/Middle (Gr. 5-8)
Student participants: Up to 35
Format: Curriculum kit with materials

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Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program (JDS) is a dynamic arts and science curriculum that teaches wetlands and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program incorporates scientific and wildlife management principles into a visual arts curriculum, with participants completing a JDS design as their visual “term paper."

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Great Science for Girls

The Educational Equity Center at the Academy for Educational Development (EEC/AED) through a grant from the National Science Foundation has developed Great Science for Girls: Extension Services for Gender Equity in Science through After School Programs (GSG), to provide inquiry-based, informal science learning programs that will stimulate girls’ curiosity, interest and persistence in STEM and break down the barriers of gender stereotyping.

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HP Catalyst Academy

Visit the HP Catalyst Academy for free, online mini courses to help educators, and professionals develop STEM curriculum. The HP Catalyst Academy also offers learning platforms from selected institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of Southern California, News Media Consortium, and more.

To learn more about the HP Catalyst Academy, click here. 

Informed by Nature - Online Science Fair

The Online Science Fair is much more than a simple competition: it offers students the ability to upload, share, and store their projects for years to come. The integrated social media functionality encourages students to share their work with peers, family, and even future college admissions boards, highlighting their scientific prowess and building pride in their work. This is a free science learning platform that encourages hands-on, self-guided or group learning among students in OST programs and in the classroom.

 

KQED Quest

KQED Quest allows California educators to search for science curriculum activities based upon grade level.  Each grade level is broken up into standards and the website offers advice and resources to help students master each standard. KQED Quest is especially dedicated to helping educators find multimedia that will be effective for teaching their students about science.

To access information about KQED Quest, please click here.

Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science is operated through the University of California at Berkeley. The institution seeks to help students see their potential in the field of science and give them experience seeing science in daily life. This website offers resources to educators and site leaders including kits for science programs, workshops about science,  tools for educators, and links to multiple resources.

Access the Lawrence Hall of Science Here

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Lawrence Hall of Science Great Exploration in Math and Science Curriculum

The University of California at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science provides the: Great Exploration in Math and Science (GEMS) curriculum. They have a multitude of different teacher’s guides, handbooks, and kits that educators can use in their classrooms.

To access information about the Lawrence Hall of Science Great Exploration in Math and Science program, click here.

Living Wise 6th Grade Curriculum

Living Wise is a curriculum provided by Southern California Edison in collaboration with Southern California Gas Company.  Select 6th grade classrooms are eligible ro receive the LivingWise Program learn about their resource, usage, and how to lessen their consumption to help support a cleaner environment.

NASA - Jewel of the Solar System

Brief Description:  NASA's Jet Propulsion Labratory has developed a curriculum on Saturn the Jewel of the Solar System. It is desinged to spark curiosity and facilitate understanding of Saturn, its rings, the moon Titan, and the Cassini-Huygns robotic mission.  The youth-centered activities encourage them to think like scientists & engineers, understand the engineering process as well as model construction.

STEM Subject: Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology
Other Subject: Language Arts, Creative Arts, History, Career Exploration, 
Grades: 4 - 5
Student participants: Up to groups of 30
Format: Facilitator’s Guides with 8 activities; 22 distinct 40 minute sessions; 15 hours of programming.

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NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy

The NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) provides curriculum designed to help students learn math and science through inquiry-based, hands-on experiences.  The program is specifically devoted to teaching students about aeronautics, space exploration, science, and exploration systems. The curriculum is for K-12 and can be implemented in classrooms, after school environments, or Saturday schools.

 

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National Partnership for After School Science (NPASS)

The National Partnership for After School Science (NPASS) is a curriculum that is divided into two parts: Design It! and Explore It!. This curriculum series each consist of about 13 introductory science and engineering projects. Each project consists of multiple activities or challenges which build upon each other around a single design challenge of investigation.

Learn more about the NPASS curriculum here

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG and E) company has created a website for educators who hope to teach their students about energy.  They offer curriculum that can be searched for by grade and topic. Issues they address are saving energy, conservation of resources, alternative energy solutions, and safety around sources of energy. They offer free materials, activities, and lesson plans to K-8 teachers who live in areas where PG and E provides energy.

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Pilot Engineering Adventures Middle School (and Upper Elementary) Modules

Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere Curriculum has been developed specifically for expanded learning environments by the Boston Museum of Science. As  many of you heard during our December Committee meeting, they are seeking expanded learning programs and sites to pilot test their three new out-of-school time engineering units outlined below. Sites chosen to pilot the units receive educator guides, all materials necessary for children to complete the activities, and an educator stipend.

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Primary Exploration for Children and Educators in Science (PEACHES)

The University of California at Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science offers the Primary Explorations for Children and Educators in Science (PEACHES) program. This program helps introduce children ages 4-6 to math and science in age appropriate ways.  This curriculum can be used in preschools, elementary schools, daycares, or homes.

To access information about the Primary Explorations for Children and Educators in Science program, click here.

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Project Learning Tree

Brief Description:Educators participate in free or low-cost training workshops to obtain curricula modules on ecology. Additional modules are available for purchase without training needed.

STEM Subject: Science
Other Subjects: Ecology, environmental science
Grades: Elementary, Middle, and High (K-12)
Student participants: Varies
Format: Activity Guide

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Project WET

Brief Description: Curricula includes an activity guide for water education and is designed to be a highly flexible supplemental material. Educators can contact their state representative to schedule a low-cost workshop and obtain curricula. Curricula are also available for purchase without workshop completion.

STEM Subject: Science
Other Subjects: Environmental science, ecology
Grades: Elementary, Middle, and High (Gr. K-5, Gr. 6-8, Gr. 9-12)
Student participants: Unspecified
Format: Activity Guide

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Project WILD

Brief Description: Educators participate in workshops and obtain three activity guides. Workshops take place for groups that have between 10 and 25 educators and are scheduled by contacting local Project WILD volunteers.

STEM Subject: Science
Other Subject: Ecology
Grades: Elementary, Middle, and High (Gr. K-12)
Student participants: Unspecified
Format: Activity guide

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SEDL Science After School Consumers Guide

Date: 
May 4, 2012

The SAS Consumers Guide contains reviews of high-quality, hands-on science content for after school 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. Users of this guide are able to search and sort entries by title, subject, grade level, target audience, and cost.

Users are able to browse curricula by grade, subject or target audience, as well as post and review resources for curricula, as well as submit curricula for review.

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Skoolbo

 

Visit Skoolbo, an online website that offers curriculum aligned with the Common Core in reading and mathematics for children ages 4 to 10 years old. With aspirations to improve global illiteracy, Skoolbo will expand to include 26 addtional langauages along with adding science and health to it's curriculum in 2013.

To visit Skoolbo, click here. 

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Smart Science

Smart Science has developed a new era in after school science by providing virtual labs to after school programs free of charge. These virtual interactive labs allow students to experience frog dissections, plant hydration, graphing, and much more all on the computer. Students are able to observe experimental results for studies that would normally take months over the span of a few minutes.

To access information about Smart Science, click here.

Teachers TryScience

Teachers TryScience is a website that provides free lessons, teaching strategies, and resources for teachers, created by a collaboration between the New York Hall of Science,teachengineering.org, and IBM. Teachers TryScience is designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and also provides social networking tools to enable educators to comment on and rate the lessons and professional development plans, as well as, submit their own teaching materials.

Teachers TryScience

Teachers TryScience is a website that provides free lessons, teaching strategies, and resources for teachers, created by a collaboration between the New York Hall of Science,teachengineering.org, and IBM. Teachers TryScience is designed to spark students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and also provides social networking tools to enable educators to comment on and rate the lessons and professional development plans, as well as, submit their own teaching materials.

Techbridge

Brief Description: Set of 20 units focus on science and engineering activities and career exploration.   Designed for girls during or after school and summer, but can also be used in co-ed settings.  Techbridge offers training that can be customized for partners.

STEM Subjects: Science, Engineering
Other Subject: Career exploration
Grades: Elementary, Middle, and High (Gr. 1-5, Gr. 6-8, Gr. 9-12)
Student participants: Unlimited
Format: Activity Guide

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The California Department of Parks and Recreation

The California Department of Parks and Recreation offers curriculum to educators who wish to teach about the natural world. They offer resources for inside the classroom, such as maps, photos, and videos. They also will assist educators who wish to take their students outdoors to study in the state parks.

To learn more about the California Department of Parks and Recreation, click here.

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Weather Wiz Kids®

Welcome to Weather Wiz Kids®! Meteorologist Crystal Wicker designed this website especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children. The website includes instructions to a number of simple weather-related experiments students can do at home or in the classroom.