STEM Education

This page features resources curated by our faculty, graduate students and other content-area experts on STEM education.

For Educators

  • Maine STEM Partnership at the RiSE Center
    The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center) is an interdisciplinary center organized to conduct research, graduate education and professional development, and to build community partnerships focused on improving the research and research-based practice of STEM education at all levels of instruction. The Maine STEM Partnership is a STEM Education improvement community supporting PK-16+ STEM educators statewide. Each year the RiSE Center provides district partners with community, professional learning opportunities and high-quality instructional resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teachers.
  • 5 NSF-supported STEM education resources that are perfect for virtual learning
    For teachers or parents. Whether you’re an educator lesson-planning content or a caregiver looking for activities to supplement classroom instruction, these five U.S. National Science Foundation-supported STEM education resources are perfect for virtual science learning.
  • UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative
    The STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative (TLC) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a collaboration of elementary teachers, faculty members, graduate students, school and district administrators, and community members passionately dedicated to creating a network of support for teachers in high-needs schools who are committed to integrating science and engineering into elementary classrooms. Visit the collaborative’s Resources and Lessons section for K-8 science education resources, including digital texts and a video library.
  • Khan Academy
    A nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Site includes examples, exercises, instructional videos and personalized learning programs on a wide range of topics.
  • IXL: Math
    IXL is a subscription-based resource used in many schools. The site includes a large database of of exercises and activities.
  • Elementary Math at EDC
    The EDC is the Education Development Center, a global nonprofit with a mission to advance lasting solutions to improve education, promote health and expand economic opportunity. This website features research based curricula for elementary mathematics.
  • Illustrative Mathematics
    Problem-based core curricula and professional learning resources organized by standards and grade bands. Teacher resources accompany mathematical tasks.
  • 11 Teacher-Recommended Math Apps and Online Tools
    For this post, Edutopia spoke to hundreds of educators and sifted through hundreds more comments about what math tools teachers found helpful for remote learning.
  • Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19
    This document from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is organized around three major areas that require consideration when planning for the 2020–2021 school year to ensure equitable access to high-quality mathematics teaching and learning: (1) structural considerations, (2) teaching practices, and (3) advocacy.
  • NCTM: Free Resources for Teaching Math Online
    NCTM is currently offering a free trial membership and has made some of its webinars and other resources available for free.
  • AMTE: Online Teaching Strategies
    AMTE is the Association of the Mathematics Teacher Educators. This page features a collection of helpful links to strategies, tips and resources for math teachers.
  • Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19
    Created by the Online Learning Consortium, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and Every Learner Everywhere, this resource is a faculty-focused playbook intended to improve course design, teaching, and learning in online environments, specifically geared toward instructors teaching online for the first time.

For Families

  • Discovery Kits from the Maine Discovery Museum (NEW!)
    The Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor is closed during COVID-19. But the staff still provides activities for children and families to do at home. The Discovery Kits are a subscription-based program with curbside pickup and home-delivery options available. Each kit is full of multiple STEM discoveries, includes open-ended and imaginative activities, and can be used by multiple children.
  • 5 NSF-supported STEM education resources that are perfect for virtual learning
    For teachers or parents. Whether you’re an educator lesson-planning content or a caregiver looking for activities to supplement classroom instruction, these five U.S. National Science Foundation-supported STEM education resources are perfect for virtual science learning.
  • Figure This! Math Challenges for Families
    Engaging challenges for families with a wide range of topics and difficulty levels. Hints available.
  • Khan Academy
    A nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Site includes examples, exercises, instructional videos and personalized learning programs on a wide range of topics.
  • IXL: Math
    IXL is a subscription-based resource used in many schools. The site includes a large database of of exercises and activities. The online IXL assessment matches students with interactive learning opportunities. Parents can use the interactive function to support their child’s interests and learning needs.
  • Brilliant.org
    A membership site (free trial available) that explores mathematical ideas through compelling visualizations.
  • Euclidea.xyz
    A compass and straightedge construction quest. Over 100 levels from very easy to really hard. Find the most elegant solution—the one built in the least possible moves—and you’ll get the highest score.

PreK-12 Resources


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