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Resources for Teaching Science, STEM Remotely

By Jodi Peterson

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools and districts nationwide are turning to remote learning. Here are some key resources that teachers and parents will find helpful in teaching science and STEM.

NSTA Daily Do
Teachers and families across the country are facing a new reality of providing opportunities for students to do science through distance and home learning.The Daily Do is one of the ways NSTA is supporting teachers and families with this endeavor. Each weekday, NSTA will share a sensemaking task teachers and families can use to engage their students in authentic, relevant science learning. Each Daily Do has a collection of resources (most free) that you can use at home or in your classroom.

NSTA Teacher Tip Tuesday
This new online series allows teachers of science to learn, share, and grow together through informal discussion on important topics in science and STEM education.

NSTA Web Seminars
Continue your professional learning online with these free offerings from NSTA. Register here

NSTA Press Sample Chapters
NSTA Press publishes science activities for teachers of kindergarten through college on a wide range of topics. We’ve posted sample chapters and activities from our books for free download so you can look inside.

NSTA Collection Resources
This list of resources compiled by NSTA will assist teachers with the challenge of teaching remotely. The external resources in this collection have been shared by educators, but have not been reviewed by NSTA. You will find dozens of resources at from groups such as BSCS Science Learning, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Try Engineering, the Smithsonian, and the National AfterSchool Association.

NSTA Exhibitor Resources
Dozens of free online resources from NSTA’s valued exhibitors—such as Amplify, Arbor Scientific, Carolina Biological Supply Company, Fisher Science Education, and Flinn Scientific—can help teachers and others deal with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

STEM Teaching Tools
These resources for immediate support during school closures provide an overview of how to best support home-based science learning and include documents (in nine languages) geared toward family members and students. Learning menus offer suggestions for different home-based phenomena to
investigate.A second section will enrich longer-term home-based science learning opportunities and feature different activity types that focus on local phenomena, science notebooks, and family science talks. 

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