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Citizen Science Day 2020
Citizen Science Day is April 16th. Are you going celebrate? Or maybe you've never even heard of it? That's okay, that's what we're here for! Citizen Science Day is an annual event hosted by the Citizen Science Association. The event is dedicated to the celebration of how science and the general population harmonize. Things like [...]
Distance Learning Tips for STEM Teachers

Within a matter of days educators went from classroom teachers to distance learning teachers, leaving many of us scrambling to figure out what to do and how to make the best of this new online learning situation. While using technology tools for teaching is not foreign to most of us, not seeing our students face-to-face […]

Distance Learning
Millions of students around the world are home from school - but the show must go on! Below is a list of our best selling distance learning resources for STEM. All items on this list are online STEM activities that students can complete independently from home. As teachers and parents scramble to find distance learning [...]
Successful People and their Unexpected Career Paths

Guest Post from Resume Now Years before co-founder and CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings achieved success, he was a door-to-door vacuum salesman with a high-school diploma. He eventually ended up getting his bachelor’s degree but instead of entering the workforce, he decided to join the Peace Corps before returning and starting his career in computer […]

Online STEM Activities
If you are looking for online STEM activities that students can do from home, check out this helpful list of our top five virtual STEM learning options:   Career In STEM® Explorer- now 25% off!   95+ STEM career profiles conveniently & expertly curated to help teens find their future STEM career, today! The Career In [...]
Coronavirus Lesson Plan

Coronavirus & STEM Careers Webquest As coronavirus spreads throughout the country, it is important for students to know the facts. In part 1 of this inquiry-based webquest, students will investigate the science behind the coronavirus. In part 2 students will use interactive online resources to explore careers that connect with disease outbreaks including physician, pharmacist, […]

Help us make a STEM career exploration tool your students will love

Join our focus group, get free stuff! You may have noticed that many changes are underway at Career In STEM to best serve our teachers. We want to hear from you to make it even more awesome! Join our focus group to share your insights, be part of the development of a new career exploration […]

Online Volunteer Opportunity For Teens

Are you looking to build your resume and earn volunteer hours? Career In STEM needs your help! If you are a teen interested in science, engineering, math, or technology we invite you to join us as a Content Curator. Content Curators will create new career pages, used by over 1 million students across the world […]

Why is computer science important?
"In our digital age you can either program or be programmed." - Rushkoff, 2010   Computer science careers are booming, and more students than ever are learning to code. But why is computer science so important? Check out this infographic for six reasons why computer science is important: Why is computer science important to YOU?  $4.75 [...]
6 Things You Can Do with Your Computer Science Degree

It’s become sort of a mantra in this day and age: if you don’t know what to major in, go into computer science. Don’t get me wrong – it’s great advice! Our world relies so much on technology that we need techies to keep things running. But in a few years when you’re a fresh-faced […]

4 Ways Yoga Instruction is a STEM Job

Thought yoga was a fun career that just anyone could do? Think again! Yoga instructors are a brainy bunch who need to learn about many different kinds of sciences to do their job well. Besides that, technology and math are also used by yogis each and every day to maintain their brand and keep track […]

5 STEM Careers You Didn’t Know Were STEM Careers

When you hear ‘STEM’, you probably think of jobs like scientist, machinery operators, engineers, and mathematicians. And that’s fair, those are very STEM-y jobs. However, there are lots more STEM jobs out there that people don’t think of when they hear ‘STEM’. Lots of innovative and cool careers actually include elements of STEM fields! From […]

Career In STEM’s 8 Career Fair Hacks
Career fairs. Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re a huge help when it comes to finding a job or internship. Chances are, your school or college offers a career fair every year or semester, and you’re probably thinking about going to one soon. Nearly everyone wants a good job after graduation, so career [...]
5 Career-Planning Activities to Tackle Over Summer Break
Okay, before you freak out at the title, I know - summer’s supposed to be fun! It’s when you get to hang out with friends during the day, sharpen your Fortnite skills or just have a chance to relax after another crazy year. But… It’s getting closer to graduation. Another year under your belt means [...]
Student Stories! Nathan at Smoke Guard
According to Forbes, the majority of Americans are unhappy in their current job. That means the vast majority are miserable day in and day out. We at Career in STEM think one of the main reasons people end up in jobs they hate is because they truly don’t know what the job is going to [...]
What are smart machines?
Smart watch. Smart fridge. Smart phone. So what does the 'smart' part really mean? It is no secret that technology is smarter than ever. Siri can tell us literally anything we want to know, flying robots (drones) deliver pizza, and of course a scary movie or two about machines taking over the world. So what [...]
10 Work-from-Home STEM Jobs for Teens

As you have likely heard, college admissions are increasingly competitive, and the hiring process in top companies seems to become more cut-throat by the day. So how can you stand out in the crowd and gain an advantage? Start building your resume (and your career!) NOW. It’s never too soon to build your career! For […]

Career In STEM Featured – Innovation Destination Hartford

Connecticut business founder, mompreneur, and former high school teacher Ashley Pereira started her “action-oriented social enterprise” Greater Good Consultants LLC in 2012. In 2017 she launched her company’s latest initiative, Career In STEM®, an innovative online platform for science, technology, math, and engineering (STEM) career exploration. Innovation Destination Hartford Website Curator Nan Price spoke with Ashley about her […]

I Love My Career In STEM

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! Among the roses, cupid, and chocolates that you experience today, be sure to check out our STEM Career Gallery. Hear from real STEM professionals about why they love their STEM career. Short video interviews from an Earth Scientist to an Equine Extension Educator and everything in […]

Why STEM Jobs are Good Jobs

5 Reasons Why STEM Jobs are Good Jobs With all this talk about STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – you might be wondering what is so great about STEM jobs. There is tremendous opportunity in STEM, and here are five statistics to prove it! Between 2017 and 2027, the number of STEM jobs […]

Girl Coders and the Glass Ceiling

Career In STEM featured as a top STEM career resource on PBS News Hour! The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is an American public broadcaster and television program distributor.  PBS NewsHour is a non-profit organization and is the most prominent provider of educational television programming to public television stations in the United States. In 2012, PBS teamed […]

Best STEM Books

One of the best ways to seamlessly incorporate STEM into your daily lessons is through books. For years books about technical subjects (like science, technology, engineering, and math) have gotten a bad rep, being perceived as boring, fact-heavy, and lifeless. But that is not the case with these books! Perfect for anyone ages seven and […]

LinkedIn for Teens

LinkedIn is the biggest social network for professionals across the world. Tens of thousands of young people join every month, enhancing their online profiles, sharing their thoughts, and connecting with like-minded professionals who may be able to give them a career boost. LinkedIn now has more than 500 million users registered worldwide. If you join […]

Getting Started with STEM

If you know anything about education, you have likely been hearing about ‘STEM’ for a while now. What is STEM, and why is it important? Pinterest and Instagram make it look super cool and super engaging, so naturally you may have wanted to give it a try. To get started you may have tried a […]

STEM Career Exploration 101
You’ve likely heard a lot about STEM lately; science, technology, engineering, and math. So what is all the buzz about? Simply put, STEM is an in-demand field with tremendous opportunity. STEM jobs are rising in number, expected to grow 13% by 2027 – way more than non-STEM jobs, which are expected to rise a mere [...]
New Year, New You!

Want to make a New Year’s resolution that really matters this year? Rather than weight loss, eating better, or getting more sleep, try this one – make your New Year’s resolution to be a better person. It’s no secret that the world is a bit crazy these days. If we all resolved to become a […]

America’s First Female Astronaut to Soar on Forever Stamp

The U. S. Postal Service commemorates Dr. Sally Ride (1951–2012, America’s first woman in space, a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist and dedicated educator who inspired the nation, on a Forever stamp. The stamp art features a colorful portrait of Ride in her light blue space suit with a dramatic depiction of a space shuttle lifting […]

Coding Her Way from Chennai to Silicon Valley

UNBOXING JYOTSNA VENKATESH, Software Engineer I grew up in India, and one of my fondest memories is riding on the back of my mom’s scooter as she took me to karate, piano, and swimming lessons. We had a shelf full of trophies that my brother and I had won, mostly mine. I’m grateful to my […]

Announcing Our Fall 2018 STEM Scholarship Winner!

We are proud to announce Alisha LaBuda as the winner of our $500 STEM Fall Scholarship! From Phoenix, Arizona, Alisha specified in her scavenger hunt application that her educational goal was to attend college and focus on STEM education after graduating. Upon graduating from college, Alisha wishes to reach out to parts of society that […]

Space Program for Teens – Voyager Space Outreach

Guest Post by Mansidak Singh – Founder and Director of Voyager Space Outreach “The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever” – Konstantin Tsiokovky, Russian Rocket Scientist It indeed is true. Mankind was born on Earth, but it was never meant to die here. This is what Space […]

Ideas for Your School – Innovate CT

Are you looking for meaningful ways to inspire innovation among your students? Look no further than InnovateCT! InnovateCT is a group of citizens trying to do positive things for the state of Connecticut by focusing on education. Made up of concerned citizens, business leaders, educators, political leaders, and entrepreneurs, InnovateCT serves as an innovative solution […]

Building Company Partnerships at reSET Flight Night

This past Wednesday Career In STEM participated in Flight Night, a shark-tank style business pitch competition hosted by reSET in Hartford, CT. Focused on social entrepreneurship, each company had three minutes to share their ideas with an audience of investors, community members, and leaders. The night featured a great lineup of pitchers, including: Bare Life […]

Postal Service Dedicated New Stamps Saluting STEM Education

The U.S. Postal Service’s STEM stamps acknowledge the role science, technology, engineering and mathematics play in keeping America a global leader in innovation. The STEM Education Forever stamps was dedicated during the 2018 USA Science & Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These stamps celebrate the role of science, technology, engineering, and […]

10 Epic STEM-themed Halloween Games!

Halloween is almost upon us! As the day draws nearer, the kiddos get more and more excited, looking forward to dressing up and getting lots of free candy! But what to do when in that time before and after trick-or-treating? What to do while your kids are coming down from that sugar high? We at […]

STEM Halloween Costumes!

Halloween is coming up fast! With the season of candy and costumes nearly upon us, the time has come to start preparing outfits for trick-of-treating! But what if you wanted to inject a bit of education into your kids’ Halloween ensemble? Turn costume shopping into a moment of learning? Here are five great STEM costumes […]

Why is STEM so Important?

Even though STEM surrounds us every day of our lives, so many people still don’t know what the acronym stands for or how big of a role it plays in our lives. STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics A recent study by Ranstad shows that over half of all […]

6 Job Skills You Should Have

Image credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/man-and-woman-shaking-hands-1249158/   Seeking out – and starting – your first job after university can be daunting. Sure, job descriptions will give you some details as to the qualifications you need: What field your degree should be in, how much experience you need, and the like. But those same postings also tend to skimp […]

3 Unique (and high-paying) Careers in STEM

Guest post by Simplr   A career in STEM offers great opportunities in many different fields, but also an endless choice of paths that a student can take. Today we’d like to look at some specific and unique areas in STEM that are growing rapidly in addition to facing a severe shortage in skills and […]

How to become a better person in one week

Money. Fame. Success. Sounds great, right? In today’s society we often define success by the amount of things you have, clothes you wear, car you drive, and the list goes on. In essence, we have come to equate success with ‘stuff’. Using such a definition, one can quickly become frustrated with a growing sense of […]

How to Find and Apply for STEM Scholarships

STEM Scholarships can be a crucial step towards planning a dream career. They can prevent a lot of students from getting burdened by debts. Therefore, it is important to adopt a systematic and persistent approach when seeking and applying for  STEM Scholarships. Here are some different approaches that will help prevent the trouble:  Find a well-known […]

2018 Career in STEM $500 Spring Challenge and Scholarship Winner Announced!

For everyone who has been waiting patiently for the winner to be announced, here she is! Cheyenne Darden from Happy Camp High School, California We’re so happy to announce her as the winner from the truly enthusiastic participation that we witnessed this Spring! We reached out to Cheyenne to find out how she would utilize […]

5 Fun STEM Summer Activities for the Whole Family!

We’re almost in June now, which means that summer is just around the corner! Summer is a great time for the whole family; the kids are out of school, parents don’t have to shovel any more snow, and plenty of relaxing vacations and staycations! But what if you want to turn your trips into learning […]

How & why to encourage young girls to pursue STEM!

Guest Post by Iftikhar Khan of Seed2STEM A little over a year ago, Ashley wrote a great post sharing five excellent STEM programs for girls.  Before sharing those five resources, some sad facts were shared about how low the participation rate of women is in science.  In fact, engineering participation is even worse, with less […]

How STEM Helps You Gain the Skills of the Future

Technology is changing. Fast. And with so many advancements being made each year, the idea of keeping up with all the changes can seem daunting – especially to the average American worker! Guthrie-Jensen Global Training Consultants knows what skills that Americans are going to need in the next decade, and they’ve put together a great […]

Career In STEM Among EdTech Awards 2018 Finalists

Local small business among top educational technology leaders, innovators, and trendsetters April 14, 2018. North Windham, CT. – Online education organization Career In STEM® is proud to announce that they have been named as a finalist for the national 2018 EdTech Awards. Career In STEM was recognized in the Career Planning Solution category, which falls […]

Manufacturing Isn’t Just for Guys: 3 Women Who Are Changing the Face of Manufacturing

Guest Post by Alexander Cohen, EVERFI When it comes to manufacturing, there’s a disconnect: women comprise nearly half of today’s working population but less than a third of the manufacturing workforce. To power the future of modern manufacturing, we need all hands on deck. And that means motivating girls to take an early interest in […]

Best STEM Internships

I’m sure you’ve been told how important having a good resume is when you get into the ‘real world’. While it sounds like a tough thing to do, it’s actually a lot simpler than you think. Acquiring internship experience is one of the best things you can do to build your resume. Internships are the […]

Top Math Internships

The final post of our “Top STEM Internships” series covers mathematics-focused internships! These internships are great for anyone who likes to work with numbers or can see themselves working in a setting involving lots of math. These internships can open the door to working for large corporations such as Allstate, Microsoft, and even Marvel Entertainment! […]

Local Teens Connect With Female STEM Professionals

I am a woman in STEM. And I believe that right now I am looking out at a room full of future women in STEM. ~ opening remarks from Ashley Pereira, Career In STEM Founder & CEO Although women fill close to half of all jobs in the U.S. economy, they hold less than 25 […]

St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activities
Four Fun, Free St. Patrick’s Day STEM Activities! With many schools closed, you’re sure to be searching for fun activities to do at home. Well, look no further! These four STEM activities are quick and easy to put together, are free, and will help you celebrate the holiday - STEM style! 1. Screen-Free Coding Activity [...]
Top Engineering Internships

In this third blog post in our series (also check out Top Science Internships and Top Technology Internships), we will take a look at the top engineering internships in the USA. These programs are ideal for students who want to work in engineering fields such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering: 1. NASA […]

Top Technology Internships

In this second post in our top STEM internships series, we’ll focus on the best technology-based STEM internships! These internships are best for those who want to work in fields such as computer science, programming, electrical engineering, or information technology (IT). According to the US Department of Labor Statistics, computer science jobs are among the […]

Top Science Internships

An internship is the perfect first step in achieving your dream career. You get plenty of work experience, you are mentored by a seasoned pro, and you can even earn college credits or some spending cash! Internships can help you advance your STEM career and gain valuable experience before you begin a job in your […]

STEM Career Lists

STEM Career Information If you are looking to take the first step toward your dream career, it is a good idea to first learn more about what career options exist in science, technology, engineering, and math. Below is a list of lists! Here are four comprehensive lists of STEM careers to get started: Career in […]

Top STEM Programs for Girls

“We need to encourage and support girls and women achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres  As noted in the video above, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM careers around the world.  According to a United Nations study conducted in 14 countries, only 18% percent of science […]

STEM Career Facebook Group

Looking for mentorship, advice, and resources for your future STEM career? Join the STEM Career Connectory! Connect with 350+ STEM professionals to get everything you need to succeed in a STEM career. My vision is for this group to serve as a place for teens to connect with STEM professionals and STEM majors to learn […]

Dream It Be It: Exploring STEM Careers With Local Girls

Last month the Hartford Courant ran an inspiring article about the joint partnership between Career In STEM, Soroptomist International of Willimantic, and Windham High School. Run entirely by female volunteer professionals, the Dream It Be It program seeks to “improve the lives of women and girls” through weekly career exploration seminars with local teens in […]

3 STEM Activities to Try During Your Winter Break

Put your winter break to good use! While home for the holidays, take some time to explore your interests in STEM, try new things, and continue on the path to your future STEM career! Here are three fun STEM activities to try: Play STEM Games Take a step a way from WOW and Minecraft for […]

Try it Before You Major In It! Day in the life videos of STEM careers
Try it Before You Major In It! You probably try on shoes and clothes before you buy them, right? I like to make sure my stuff fits me well and looks good on me, so I do! While we 'try things on' such as our clothing, which we only wear for a few hours at [...]
Hour of Code: 7 things to try if you loved it!

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104. ~Hour of Code Congrats! You are among the 100 million people that have tried the […]

STEM Scholarships
Scholarships for STEM There were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in May 2015 (BLS 2016), with many STEM occupations enjoying continued growth and increased demand. To maintain national competitiveness and fill the millions of new job openings in STEM, many scholarship opportunities exist to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering, or mathematics as a [...]
Must-Have College Prep Resources for STEM Majors
Must-Have College Prep Resources for STEM Majors You have done your research as described in my last post, and have a general idea of STEM careers that you are interested in. Congrats! Identifying your field of interest is often the hardest part. Glad that is over 🙂 Now you are ready to start preparing for college [...]
Top STEM Career Information Websites

Free Websites to Find Your Perfect STEM Career There are thousands of lucrative STEM careers out there, but which career is right for you? Fortunately there are many free online resources to help you explore different STEM careers. If you are looking for STEM career information but overwhelmed by your google search, check out these […]

Find the Perfect Major For Your Dream Career

Many teens graduate from high school and have no idea what careers are out there, so how are you supposed to choose a major? Doctor, lawyer, vet, nurse…forced to make a decision upon high school graduation, many of us end up defaulting to typical careers that may or may not be the best fit for individual […]

The state of STEM

In a recent survey of 1,000 middle and high school students, it was found that interest in STEM and confidence in STEM skills fade as students get older. Researchers also found that “most students do not associate STEM with mainstream brands, haven’t asked anyone about STEM jobs, and agreed that if they knew how STEM […]

Education Grants: Writing a winning grant proposal

As budgets around the country continue to tighten, it is increasingly important to seek external funding for classroom projects. If you are a teacher or administrator interested in seeking grants to support your school’s efforts, listen to this podcast for an overview of where to find education grants and how to make your proposal stand […]

Getting Started With Digital Badges
How to Get Started With Digital Badges What does an A really mean? The answer is often elusive. Grades as they are typically used offer little insight into what students know and are able to do. Conversely, digital badges are changing assessment as we know it, as they make learning visible and clearly delineate what [...]
Must Haves for a Successful STEM Night
October is a popular month for community events, open houses, and activity nights. A growing trend is STEM Nights, where students and families gather to experience the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thinking of running your own STEM Night? Here are the top must-haves for a successful STEM-themed special event: A Theme Other than [...]
Increasing equity and awareness with online STEM programs

BACKGROUND Only 16% of American high school seniors are interested in a STEM career, and only about half of those who major in a STEM field choose to work in a related career (U.S. Dept. Of Education, 2015). In our competitive global economy, these statistics are unacceptable. Despite the well-documented need for early STEM career […]

Teachers: Staying relevant in the digital age
Educators are an innovative bunch. As such, new developments, techniques, and approaches are constantly being developed to improve outcomes for students. Makerspaces, cyberlearning, NGSS, oh my! While the integration of modern innovation and creativity is essential for the success of our students, it is also downright exhausting to try to keep up with the frenetic [...]
STEM vs. STEAM – what is the difference?

What is STEAM? STEM + art = STEAM   STEAM is the combination of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Through the arts, complex STEM information is made relevant and understandable to everyday people. STEM and the Arts: How they are connected Innovation and creativity are required components of STEM, both of which are deeply […]

Free STEM Lessons and Resources for Educators!
As students and teachers around the country head back to school, we are one year closer to developing the future generation of America's workforce. There will be one million new jobs in STEM within the next three years, and we are helping teachers everywhere as they work to prepare the next generation of leaders and [...]
Top 10 Amazing Space Discoveries
Over the course of this week, online campers will learn about careers in space, and participate in fun activities to learn more about what space professionals actually DO. We are in the midst of a new age of space discovery, where new and exciting things are being found daily. Here is a list of the [...]
Digital Badges: What they are and how they are changing assessment as we know it

What are Digital Badges? “Open Badges are visual tokens of achievement, affiliation, authorization, or other trust relationship sharable across the web. Open Badges represent a more detailed picture than a CV or résumé as they can be presented in ever-changing combinations, creating a constantly evolving picture of a person’s lifelong learning” OpenBadges.org Do you know […]

What can you do with coding?
What can you do with coding? Coding is the language of the 21st century. Even if you never go on to a career in IT, electrical engineering, or computer programming, everyone needs to know the basics. And don't just take my word for it! Hear what these famous people have to say about it:  [...]
Top 10 Chemical Engineering Inventions of the Modern Era
Chemical engineers are a creative bunch. They create and use chemicals in so many new and innovative ways, making the world a cleaner, healthier, more vibrant place. So what are some of the most amazing discoveries of chemical engineering? Right now, the MIT Chemical Engineering Department is working on a host of mind-blowing projects, from [...]
Qualities of Engineers

What are the qualities of an engineer? If you want to be an engineer, act like one! When I was a new teacher first starting out, I had dreams of becoming a professor one day (which I am now!). In talking with my mentor teacher one day, she told me. “If you want to be […]

FREE Student Resources for STEM Career Exploration
STEM careers are good careers - there will be 3.5 million new jobs in the next 5 years, STEM professionals earn double what non-STEM workers make, and companies are hiring like crazy! To take advantage of the tremendous opportunity in STEM fields, it is important to start exploring as soon as possible. Awareness is key, [...]
4 Types of Engineers You Have Never Heard Of

The world of engineering is wonderfully broad, diverse, and exciting. Do you know what a geomatics engineer does? How about a nanotechnology engineer? While there are traditional fields of engineering (like civil and mechanical engineering), there are many lesser known types of engineers. Here are four types of engineering careers that you may not have […]

STEM grants: 5 easy steps for success!

While perpetually busy, summer is a time when educators and busy nonprofit directors can find time to step back for a moment and reflect upon the year thus far. We are half way through 2017 – how is the year going? Are your STEM programs and curriculum well defined? Do you have a clear focus […]

FREE resources for grant research

Is applying for a grant on your summer bucket list? If so, check out these FREE resources to help you get started! Once you have a well-defined plan, grant research is often the first step in the grants process. It can be a very time consuming process, but it is imperative to find the right […]

Preschool STEM activities

Summer is the perfect time to relax, have fun, and explore the STEM that surrounds you! From toasting marshmellows to building sandcastles on the beach, summer is full of exciting things to learn and explore. Leverage the natural curiosity of your preschooler, and explore all the wondrous things this world has to offer – together! Join Ashley […]

Great end of the year STEM project, no prep required!

Looking for a fun and engaging project to finish the school year off strong? Try a STEM Career Virtual Tour! Here’s how to set the stage for your students: You just graduated college and have just landed your dream job! Your former high school teacher has invited you to give a presentation to her class about […]

Top Five Summer STEM Activities For Kids and Families

Looking for some fun summer STEM activities? Don’t be bored at home this summer! Here are some of my favorite ideas to get active, engaged, and exploring in STEM all summer long:   Museums and Libraries Your local libraries and museums are a great resource. Many offer summer programs for kids to keep them engaged […]

Games for STEM Career Exploration

Underscore the relevance of STEM knowledge your students have worked hard to learn this year with STEM career exploration! As the school year winds down and you are looking for creative ways to stretch your learners, try a few of my favorite STEM career exploration games. Here are my top three: STEM Career Jenga: Learn about STEM […]

NGSS friendly tech tools for communicating information

Recommendations for NGSS –friendly technology tools that enable students to communicate information in innovative, creative, and visually appealing ways. Written by CareerInSTEM Founder & CEO Ashley Pereira, posted as a Featured Article for eSchool News! Read the full article here: 5 teacher-loved technology tools to meet STEM NGSS standards Do you have a favorite technology […]

Best Podcasts for Educators
Teachers love to learn new things, and are always working to grow as professionals and as individuals. One of my favorite ways to stay informed, learn new things, and challenge my perspectives is through podcasts. There are thousands of podcasts covering pretty much any topic you can think of, and thus the educational implications for [...]
Classroom Makerspace In-A-Box, literally!
The Makerspace movement has been gaining much traction over the past few years, popping up within schools, libraries, and other programs throughout the country. After hearing the term in many places, I knew it had something to do with inventing and creating things, but I couldn't quite figure out what exactly a makerspace was. So [...]
One Stop Shops for Science Teachers
Resources abound when it comes to science teaching, but time does not! Todays' teachers are massively overloaded, and every second counts. While an abundance of resources is seemingly a good thing, browsing through countless websites in search of ideas for your classroom takes an enormous amount of time. Below are two one-stop-shops for science teachers. These [...]
How to use Twitter to find grants
To me, Twitter is kind of like duct tape - a million uses and counting! In this video I give an overview of how to use Twitter to find grant funding opportunities in education, with or without your own Twitter account! Greater Good Consultants specializes in getting STEM grants. Click here to learn more.
Find Grant Funding, for free!

Millions of dollars in grant funding are awarded to nonprofit organizations throughout the country each year. But do you know how to find it? Demystify the process of grantseeking by equipping you with practical skills you need to find funding for your nonprofit organization with our new Grant Research Course. Learn how to effectively use […]

Top Three Open Educational Resource (OER) Databases
Open educational resources (OERs) are those that are “freely available to the public, both technically and legally, to use and redistribute without limitation” (U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Educational Technology, 2017). OERs are: Public – available to all to no cost. Accessible – available in a machine-readable format that is non-exclusive and usable without [...]
Simulations for STEM Education: Top 3 Free Web Resources
Top Three FREE Web Resources For Simulations in STEM Simulations are digital tools that actively engage students in their learning through concept application and testing of ideas. Through the use of simulations, students explore phenomena in an inquiry-based way; asking their own questions and experimenting to find their own answers. The educational power of simulations [...]
Post 3: The Purpose of Science Education by Becca Mikolajczak

By Becca Mikolajczak it is important to teach science because it is an important part of human culture, it provides common experiences for the development of science language and logic and problem-solving skills, and can become a student’s lifelong talent The purpose of teaching science education in the elementary grades is to create interest and […]

Post 2: The Purpose of Science Education by Gracelyn Swahn

By Gracelyn Swahn, December 2016 Humans are born programmed for inquiry. Let’s think about the “why?!” stage that highlights every three-year-old’s expression. “Why did my crayon break? (Well…maybe you were pushing too hard, maybe you were using too much force!) “But why was I using too much force? What is force?” (You explain force, you […]

Post 1: The Purpose of Science Education in Elementary School by Alexandra Lagadinos

Written by Alexandra Lagadinos, December 2016 As science and technology continues to evolve, it has created a society that we as humans can no longer separate ourselves from. We have created a co-dependent relationship between humans and technology whether it be our phones or GPS, the advances in science that make it possible for us […]

Three Before Me! Technology resources to help your students answer their own questions
We make more than 3.3 billion Google searches per DAY, up 30% from 2006, just ten short years ago.  While there is debate regarding whether this is a good or a bad thing, one thing is for sure: there are plenty of ways for students to figure out the answers on their own!  So why do [...]
Top 5 Citizen Science Starters
In my previous post, Surrounded by Science, I described what citizen science is and why it is important. As promised, here is my list of the Top Five Citizen Science Starters. This list is a great starting point for anyone looking for ideas to get started on an exciting new citizen science project! Top 5 [...]
Surrounded By Science: Exploring your world through citizen science projects
What is Citizen Science? Citizen science is a key component in working towards the new approach to K-12 Science Education called for by the NRC (2013). Citizen science invites regular people of any age - children, teens, and adults - to contribute to real scientific research projects, promoting scientific awareness and engagement. Typically, citizen scientists submit their observations [...]
Elearning vs. Cyberlearning: guest post on The Edvocate
What is the difference between elearning and cyberlearning? Find out on my guest post for The Tech Edvocate! Read More
Learning and teaching with phenomenon
Why do I need to learn this? The dreaded question every teacher hates - especially when you don't have a good answer. Luckily phenomenon based teaching is here to solve this age-old question, equipping both you and your students with the often-elusive answer. As Susan German writes in her October 2016 article in Science Scope, [...]
Addicted to…learning?! Gamification of the classroom

We all know that many of our students are literally addicted to video games. But can the same brain processes that compel gamers to skip meals and play video games long into the night be harnessed by teachers to increase their students’ motivation, attention, class participation, and even reverse negativity felt towards school to reignite the joy of […]

Making Time for Science
The semester for my Methods in Elementary Science class starts strong - I share the basics of science teaching best practices, students create and share engaging lessons, and rich discussions occur regarding the implications of science. Students are excited, encouraged, and eager to try out their new science pedagogical skills. They arrive at their classroom placement [...]
Getting Started with the NGSS
Getting Started with the NGSS: Resources for Teachers Learn more about the NGSS standards, how to navigate them, and how to use them. As states across the nation work to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards, teachers are in need of quality professional development to facilitate this transition. The NGSS is unique, and requires a [...]
New science, same old science teaching
Quanta is a new FREE online magazine whose mission is to enhance public understanding of research developments in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. This post is a response to Thomas Lin's Abstractions blog post 'Science Evolves. Will Science Education?' My Thoughts: I think that a shift in science education can only truly happen [...]
NGSS Review: DCIs, Practices, and Crosscutting
NGSS REVIEW: Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science & Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts Here it is - the NGSS in a nutshell! WHAT IS THE NGSS? The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are national science content standards for grades K-12. These standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The [...]

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