STEM Activities and Resources for Kids: 319 STEM Sites

Stem Activities and ProgramsAs parents of school age kids we want our kids to explore STEM outside of the classroom.  We were obsessed with finding the coolest STEM and robotics toys and were spending a lot of time searching for fun, and engaging STEM activities and programs. We thought it would be beneficial to create a series of comprehensive STEM resources, allowing you to come to one place to find the best STEM activities and resources without searching all over the internet.

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

We have compiled 319 STEM websites. To make it easy to locate specific information we broke down the categories as shown below and under each website we list the essential content.

STEM Activities and Resources for Kids: 319 STEM Sites

STEM Activities and Learning Websites ♦Games and Apps ♦Camps and After School Programs ♦Contests ♦Grants and Awards ♦Career Resources ♦Initiatives

We will continue to add and update this guide as we learn more so this hard to find information will continue to be current.  Please bookmark this resource page for future reference.  Enjoy!

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STEM Grants and Awards


The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

InvenTeam

InventTeams are made up of students, teachers and mentors who receive grants of up to $10,000 to devise technological solutions to real-world problems of their own choosing.

The NEED Project’s Annual Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement

The NEED’s annual award was established to recognize K-12 students who achieve excellence in energy education in their schools or communities.

NSTA Awards and Recognition Program

The National Science Teachers Association awards a $1,000 US EE Savings Bond to one female student in fifth through eighth grade who is involved in or has a strong connection to science.

President’s Environmental Youth Awards

The PEYA program honors K-12 students for their efforts to protect human health and the environment.  Every year, there are two regional awards; one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12. One outstanding project from each region is selected for national recognition.

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STEM Career Resources


Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12

The U.S. Department of Labor has curated this site for K-12 students and teachers with career information, fun facts about the economy and jobs, charts, maps, quizzes, games and more.

Career Cornerstone Center

At this comprehensive STEM career site, you can explore over 185 degree fields and find out about education requirements, salaries, networking, pre-college ideas, and career planning resources. The interviews with hundreds of professionals who talk about their own diverse careers are candid and insightful.

CareerOneStop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, the website enables users to explore careers, find education options and training programs, search for jobs, and more.

IEEE Try Computing

This site is a good resource to learn how to start down the right path to a career in computer software and systems. You can research accredited computer programs, explore careers, meet computing professionals, and gain access to many useful tools and resources.

IEEE Try Engineering

Students will find what a engineer’s job is like, search tools for schools that offer engineering programs, hands-on experiments and activities, referrals to summer programs and internship opportunities, and virtual engineering games. Useful tips on course selection, applying to university programs and financial aid are included.

IEEE Try Nano

This resource site from IEEE is about careers in nanoscience and nanotechnology: technical fields that focus on matter at the nanoscale. It involves a wide range of fields including medicine, electronics, robotics, and energy production.

iON Future

Explore STEM careers with this free game. It’s geared toward middle school and early high school kids.

Kids.gov Jobs

Get jobs and career information in all STEM fields.

Knowitall Media

You can find videos on STEM careers as well as links to wage information and career prep resources.

NASA Look to the Future: Careers in Space

The list of possible careers in the aerospace field may be surprising to learn since there are such a large variety of careers related to space.

Take IT & Go Anywhere

You can find IT careers that exist in many fields and the education you will need to get on the IT path.  Check out their list of degree programs, upcoming IT events, internships, student programs, advice on paying for college, career fairs, websites and the like.

WeUseMath.org

This website describes the importance of mathematics and the many rewarding career opportunities available to students.

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STEM Initiatives


100Kin10

Led by more than 150 foundations, companies, top academic institutions, and nonprofits,  100Kin10, a coalition will help train and retain 100,000 excellent STEM teachers through private funds and challenge Congress to fund the rest.

Change the Equation

Launched by more than 100 U.S. CEOs at the White House  in September 2010, Change the Equation is a nonprofit, non-partisan coalition committed to improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning for every child across the U.S.

Connect a Million Minds (CAMM)

Launched by Time Warner Cable (TWC) in 2009, Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a philanthropic initiative that challenged parents, mentors and others to connect over one million students to after-school STEM activities to address the decline in young people’s interest in STEM education.

Educate to Innovate

President Obama launched the Educate to Innovate initiative in November 2009 aims to move American students from the middle to the top in science and math achievement over the next decade. This campaign includes the efforts not only of the Federal Government, but also of leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies.

STEM AmeriCorps

The multi-year initiative is announced by President Obama in April, 2013 at the White House Science Fair, it aims to place hundreds of AmeriCorps members in nonprofits across the country to inspire young people to excel in STEM education.

US2020.org

Announced by President Obama at the 2013 White House Science Fair, US2020’s goal is to match one million STEM mentors with students from kindergarten through college via youth-serving nonprofits by the year 2020, through hands-on projects with a focus on serving underrepresented communities.

White House Science Fair

Hosted by President Obama, the Fair honors students all across America for innovative projects, designs, and experiments. The White House streams the event live.

Women in STEM

In collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has started a number of efforts to increase the participation of women and girls in the STEM fields.

Youth Inspired Challenge (YIC)

It is a major initiative of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC). YIC is designed to expand the impact of science centers and museums in assisting young people around the world to learn and apply STEM.