By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
Here are 5 excellent sites for free STEM resources.
1. NASA’s TeachStation
The site TeachStation has resources about the International Space Station and STEM activities on the ISS. Included are student projects and a series of videos demonstrating STEM concepts for students in the middle grades and high school. Concepts covered include Newton’s laws, microgravity, and surface tension. TeachStation is at this link:
2. National Repository of Open Educational Resources, India
India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has established a National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER). It has a range of resources across grade levels and subjects, and available in multiple languages.
You can access the site at http://nroer.in/home/ and it includes videos, audio, images, documents and interactive modules. It has a useful concept map to facilitate browsing.
The NROER site has this to say about their resources: “Categorised and made into collections, the resources are mapped to concepts that will span the entire school and teacher education curricula of the country.”
3. MIT Highlights for High School
MIT OpenCourseWare provides resources primarily at the university level, but they also have a significant number of STEM resources for high school students. They have specifically curated resources, including selections from college-level courses, for use by high school teachers andd students. You can learn more at: http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/index.htm
4. Karen Fasimpaur’s Collection
This collection from Karen Fasimpaur is at http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/117659#anchor
Quoting from the site:
“This is a collection of some of the best open-licensed educational resources that can be used in K-12, as well as other useful related information.”
5. Curriki – Free Learning Resources for the World
We save the best for last, naturally. Curriki now has over 62,000 open source resources in total, and the majority of these are STEM-related. For example a search on mathematics results in over 13,000 resource listings. You will likely find many materials that you can put to use in the classroom, up to including full courses such as Curriki Algebra and Curriki Geometry. Try our search function today.