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Great STEAM Websites

  • Ask Dr. Universe: Washington State University’s Ask Dr. Universe allows kids to explore various STEM topics and get answers to common questions. Have a question not covered on the site? Submit it on their “Ask”page!
  • Code.org: No one is too young (or old, I might add) to code. Learn how to build an iPhone game, write your first computer program, draw in JavaScript and much more.
  • Engineering, Go for It! (eGFI): Discover the nuts and bolts of engineering. This website contains advice on careers, entertaining info on all kinds of fields and links to the eGFI magazine.
  • EPA Students: Searching for news on the environment, homework resources, info on contests or ideas for an environment-based school project? Check out this website run by the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Exploratorium: One of my favorites. The website of the San Francisco-based Exploratorium is jam-packed with interactive activities, videos, apps, links and more.
  • Extreme Science: Extremely interesting. Here you’ll find wild and weird facts about nature, resources for science projects and info on all kinds of world records.
  • How Stuff Works: I visit this website every day. It has hundreds upon thousands of articles that explain the wonders of science (and almost everything else on the planet).
  • Museum of Science + Industry Chicago Online Science: Apps and activities and videos, oh my! Play games, watch baby chicks hatching, create virtual chemical reactions or use forensic science to analyze different types of candy.
  • NASA Education for Students: Career information, image galleries, NASA Television, features and articles … whatever you’d like to know about aerospace, you’re sure to find it here.
  • NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA): SEMAA was developed to increase the participation of historically underserved K-12 youth in STEM fields. School activities and summer sessions are held throughout the nation.
  • NOVA: The website for PBS’s popular science show is overflowing with videos and articles. Explore the wonders of evolution, nature, physics, math—practically any STEM subject that rings your bell.
  • Science Buddies: Get stuck on science. This website has over 1,000 ideas for science fair projects, project guides, project kits and detailed profiles of STEM careers.
  • Science Channel: Question everything. Along with a rundown on the Science Channel’s TV programs, this website has plenty of videos, quizzes, games and the latest science news.
  • STEAM-Works: In addition to articles and job information, STEM-Works has stocked their site with interesting activities. Test your skills in the reptile quiz. Rescue an athlete in the Bionic Games. Or, simply follow the path of great whites with the Global Shark Tracker.
  • TechRocket: A year-round online learning destination for kids and teens. Use the promo code “MIDSFREE” to get a free first month!
  • Tynker: A computing platform that allows children to develop programming skills through fun, creative courses. Join the millions of kids from around the country learning to code with Tynker!

 

 

STEAM Challenges and Contests

  • Siemen’s We Can Change the World Challenge: You have the power to save the planet. In Siemen’s K-12 environmental sustainability competition, teams from across the country compete to improve their own communities. Lots of prizes.
  • Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision: ExploraVision is a K-12 science competition with a difference. Teams of two to four students work with a teacher to simulate the challenges of real research and development.

 

 

STEAM Awards

  • The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes: This annual prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders (age 8 to 18) who have made a significant positive difference to people and/or the environment. The top 10 winners receive a $5,000 cash award to support their education.
  • The NEED Project’s Annual Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement: NEED’s annual award was established to recognize K-12 students who achieve excellence in energy education in their schools or communities.
  • President’s Environmental Youth Awards: The PEYA program celebrates K-12 students, school classes, summer camps or youth organizations that are promoting environmental stewardship. Every year, one outstanding project from each region is selected for national recognition.

 

 

STEAM Career Resources

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12: The U.S. Department of Labor has been busy. Here you’ll find charts, maps and many other resources on careers and the U.S. economy.
  • WeUseMath.org: Ever wondered (as I frequently did) when you’re going to use math in real life? This website on math careers has more than a few answers.

More STEAM Websites for kids

Science

Cool Science: www.coolscience.org/ (Kid’s Zone)
Bill Nye the Science Guy: www.billnye.com
Science for Children: www.stepbystepcc.com/science.html
Lawrence Hall of Science-24/7 Science: www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/

NASA activities: www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html
Science games: http://pbskids.org/games/science.html
Science and Nature content: www.pbs.org/topics/science-nature/
National Geographic Kids: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids
ZOOM (games & activities): http://pbskids.org/zoom/index.html
Interactive science activities: http://archive.fossweb.com/modulesK-2/index.html

 

 

Technology

Building web pages, apps and games: http://www.codeavengers.com/                   

Coding for kids: http://code.org/learn                                                                         

Intro to JavaScript: https://www.khanacademy.org/computing/computer-programming/programming
LEGO Mindstorms: http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/?domainredir=mindstorms.lego.com                                                                            

Robotics for beginners: http://www.hummingbirdkit.com/learning/tutorials


 

Engineering

Videos, games and activities- pre-k-12: www.discoverengineering.org/
Lessons, activities, games for older children: www.sciencekids.co.nz/engineering.html

Engineering & design activities: http://scigirlsconnect.org/page/engineering

 

 

Art

Explore visual elements & principles: http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/index.html
Crafts for kids: http://www.firstpalette.com/
Picasso Head: http://www.picassohead.com/create.html
Paint like Jackson Pollock!: http://www.jacksonpollock.org/

The Art Zone, Interactive art online: http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/zone.htm

 

 

Math

Interactive games & activities: www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm#earlymath
Sesame Street games: www.sesamestreet.org/games
Math games: http://pbskids.org/games/math.html

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