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STEM Competitions, Projects, & Culminating Events

STEM Competitions, Projects, & Culminating Events

There are also databases that provide comprehensive lists of reviewed curriculum specifically for expanded learning programs. The reviewed curriculum spans across various grade levels, disciplines, & subject matter.

This section offers a variety of opportunities that can be implemented outside of the regular STEM learning opportunities, which includes STEM competitions, projects, & culminating events.

4-H Robotics Curriculum

4-H Robotics: Engineering for Today and Tomorrow is a curriculum geared towards engaging students in science, mathematics, and programming through the wonders of robotics. Robotics curriculum is divided into three tracks: virtual robotics, junk drawer robotics, and robotics platforms. All are developed for different levels of expertise from beginners to advanced. 

Access the 4-H Robotics Curriculum here.

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There's No New Water!

There's No New Water! is a water conservation curriculum presented by 4-H. This curriculum teaches students that water is a finite natural resoure and it is necessary to preserve and conserve our greatest natural resource. This out-of-school time program is desined for high school students with six modules to learn about water conseration.

Access the There's No New Water! curriculum and further information here. 

National Security Agency

The National Security Agency (NSA) is dedicated to helping America’s next generation compete in the future economy. They offer a Math and Education Partnership program, which provides mathematics speakers to come to schools, volunteers to help tutor in math and science environments, NSA judges for local math and science fairs, and small grants. The Partners in Education program is a program with over 350 volunteers who assist three local schools.  The NSA also offers high school work-study programs.

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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STEM Resources Tennessee Department of Education is operated through the Tennessee Department of Education. The website encourages the use of hand-on, inquiry-based learning to teach students about science, technology, engineering, and math. The website offers teachers curriculum, materials, internet resources, and instructional tools. They offer multiple assessments.

To access general information about STEM Resources through the Tennesee Department of Education, 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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Schools Moving Up - Free Webinar on Science in Out-of-School Time

June 13, 2012

In this final webinar of the series, "Advancing STEM Education K-8 in California," Kelly Stuart, WestEd, moderates a presentation by Jeff Davis, California AfterSchool Network; Bernadette Chi, Lawrence Hall of Science; and Joan Bissell, California State University Chancellor’s Office.

First Steps: Starting a Citizen-Science Project

May 17, 2012

Wondering how to launch a fun service-learning project or citizen-science project that your students and community will love? Edutopia can help you get the project off the ground and into action in no time.

The Math and Science Partnership Network

MSPnet is an electronic learning community for the Math and Science Partnership Program. With the MSP program, the National Science Foundation implemented an important facet of the President's No Child Left Behind (NCLB) vision for K-12 education. A major research and development effort, the MSP program responds to concern over the performance of the nation's children in mathematics and science. Institutions of higher education partner with K-12 districts and others to effect deep, lasting improvement in K-12 mathematics and science education.