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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

Check out the June Resource Presentation of Backyard Mystery, an interactive cyber game intended to engage middle school students in topics of genetics, genomics, biotechnology, and the bioSTEM workforce. With hands-on activities and lessons, Backyard Mystery is a great free resource for classrooms looking to introduce students to careers in science and technology. 

Backyard Mystery

Check out the June Resource Presentation of Backyard Mystery, an interactive cyber game intended to engage middle school students in topics of genetics, genomics, biotechnology, and the bioSTEM workforce. With hands-on activities and lessons, Backyard Mystery is a great free resource for classrooms looking to introduce students to careers in science and technology. 

 

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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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Classrooms with a Cause

Classrooms with a Cause allows students to reflect on what they have learned in the classroom, and then challenges them to apply their knowledge to address a cause – an issue important to them and to their community. Classrooms with a Cause:

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