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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is more than a concept diagram with connections among four (or more) subject areas. It’s a unique way of knowing and exploring the world. The STEM approach involves the essence of the practices of science and engineering. Tools like communication skills are interwoven in STEM explorations. That seamlessness is what challenges educators around the world. Below is a sample compilation of NSTA offerings, resources, and tools—selected based on their multidisciplinary nature and ability to integrate across two or more subject matters—to help teachers provide quality STEM instruction.

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Science Teachers and the Course Forward for STEM Education

Science teachers’ voices do count—and are being heard—in Washington, D.C.

On December 4, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) published Charting a Course for STEM Education, which presents a five-year strategic plan for how federal agencies can best support STEM education, from preschool through university.

In developing the report, science teacher (and NSTA Press author) Jeff Weld worked at the White House with leading officials from 14 federal agencies; representatives from state governments, industry, and academe; and educators to craft a report that also offers guidance to the STEM education community and will shape future commitments from the federal government.

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  • NSTA Virtual Conferences
  • Virtual Conferences;
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  • Network with educators and learn how to help students embrace STEM.

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  • Picture-Perfect Science
  • Picture-Perfect STEM books;
  • Author Workshops and Online Course

  • Learn how to use picture books to inspire elementary STEM.

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Competitions

NSTA hosts a number of large-scale, nationally known grant and awards programs for educators and offers several exciting competitions and enrichment programs that engage students and encourage them to explore the real-world application of STEM. NSTA-sponsored competitions are available at no charge to compete or register.

STEM Resources

Grades 6-9
eCYBERMISSION challenges students to think about real-world applications of STEM by working in teams to identify a problem in their community and use scientific practices or the engineering design process to develop a solution.


Shell Lab Regional Challenge

Teachers of Grades 6-12
Encourages teachers of grades 6–12 in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win up to $93,000 in prizes, including a grand prize school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000.


ExploraVision

Grades K-12
ExploraVision challenges students envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology.


JSHS

Grades 9-12
STEM competition which promotes original research and experimentation in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at the high school level and publicly recognizes students for outstanding achievement.


NSTA Press

Classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment, standards-based instruction—NSTA Press® develops and produces the high-quality resources that science educators need, in all disciplines.

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Book Series

  • Picture-Perfect Science
  • Picture-Perfect STEM books
  • Grades K-5
  • The award-winning NSTA Press® Picture-Perfect Science Lessons series combines science and reading in a natural way and provides easy-to-grasp background in science and language arts, and now STEM. The classroom-tested lessons clearly identify the appropriate science content per grade and embed carefully selected reading strategies.
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  • EurekaSeries
  • Picture-Perfect STEM books
  • Grades K-5
  • A child’s ideas about how scientists look and what they do start to form in the earliest years. Help shape those conceptions as you introduce skill-building inquiry investigations with these books, whose titles evoke Archimedes’ famous cry. With engaging lessons, even the youngest students can make an important discoveries.
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  • STEM Road Map Series
  • Picture-Perfect STEM books
  • Grades K-5
  • Map out a journey that will steer your students toward authentic problem solving as you ground them in integrated STEM disciplines. This new K–12 curriculum series was developed to meet the growing need to infuse real-world learning into classrooms.

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Books

STEM Handbook

STEM

Student Research Handbook

Grades 9-12

STEM Handbook

Designing Meaningful STEM Lessons

Grades 3-8

STEM Education Now: More Than Ever

STEM Education Now

More Than Ever

Grades K-12

Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom

Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom

Grades PreK-5

Engineering In the Life Sciences

Engineering In the Life Sciences

Grades 9-12

The Case for STEM Education: Challenges and Opportunities

The Case for STEM Education

Challenges and Opportunities

Grades K-12

Creating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning

Creating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning

Grades K-12

Discovery Engineering In Physical Science

Discovery Engineering In Physical Science

Case Studies for Grades 6-12

Grades 6-12

Beyond the Egg Drop: Infusing Engineering Into High School Physics

Beyond the Egg Drop

Infusing Engineering Into High School Physics

Grades 9-12

Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning

Everyday Engineering

Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning

Grades K-12

More Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning

More Everyday Engineering

Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning

Grades 9-12

Doing Good Science in Middle School:Expanded 2nd Edition: A Practical STEM Guide

Doing Good Science in Middle School: Expanded 2nd Edition

A Practical STEM Guide

Grades 6-8

NSTA Press

Interactive student e-books and teachers guides covering core content in Earth, life and the physical sciences, for grades K–5.

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  • Interactive Professional Learning;
  • Interactive Professional Learning

  • Educators

  • Gain an in-depth refresher of content knowledge or just boost your confidence before tackling a tricky topic with your students by using these interactive e-books.

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  • Picture-Perfect STEM books;
  • Interactive Student Editions

  • Grades 6-12

  • Gain an in-depth refresher of content knowledge or just boost your confidence before tackling a tricky topic with your students by using these interactive e-books.

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  • GE Foundation
  • Interactive Student Editions

  • Grades K-5

  • Now available! Interactive e-books designed especially for K–5 students. These are packed with interactive elements that engage students in STEM and English language arts.e-books.

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Interactive Student Editions

The Amazing Light Show

The Amazing Light Show

Are They the Same

Are They the Same

Be A Sky Sleuth

Be A Sky Sleuth

Beavers Building Ecosystems

Beavers Building Ecosystems

Did You Get My Message?

Did You Get My Message?

Exploring Matter in Space!

Exploring Matter in Space!

Fish Out of Water

Fish Out of Water

Home Is Where My Habitat Is

Home Is Where My Habitat Is

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow

I Live Where I Live Because...

I Live Where I Live Because...

The Light Explorers Go on a Campout

The Light Explorers Go on a Campout

What Makes Them Special?

What Makes Them Special?

Properties Matter

Properties Matter

Kristel Pushes and Pulls

Kristel Pushes and Pulls

Investigating Weather and Climate

Investigating Weather and Climate

Sunlight Science

Sunlight Science

Awards & Programs

Award

Northrop Grumman Foundation

A partnership with Northrop Grumman Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association, this award is to recognize excellence in the field of engineering education.

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Award

Northrop Grumman Foundation

A partnership of Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), this award recognizes the innovative use, or potential use, of data-collection technology (e.g. probes or sensors) interfacing with a computer, graphing calculator, or handheld in the science classroom.

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Program

STEM Teacher Ambassador

The NSTA/NCTM STEM Teacher Ambassador Program aims to expand teacher leaders’ knowledge of key K–12 STEM education issues and hone their interpersonal skills so that they can communicate important messages more effectively with education stakeholders.

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Program

Northrop Grumman Foundation

The program—designed specifically for middle school teachers (grades 5–8)—was established to help enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence in science, engineering and technology, while increasing teacher understanding about the skills needed for a scientifically literate workforce.

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Additional Resources

Best STEM Books

Learn today, your way! Access podcasts, webinars, courses, online tutorials, NSTA Press resources, and online communities to sharpen your science teaching skills.

Best STEM Books

Annually published list of best tradebooks with STEM content for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Best STEM Books

Connected Science Learning is an online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school settings.

NGSS@NSTA

Get the latest news and resources in support of three-dimensional instruction.