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We seek to improve STEM education for all, increase STEM workforce preparation and actively engage the community in our projects.
PRINCIPLES & METHODS
COMPUTING THE FUTURE
Computing the Future
Educators with connections to PNNL
HS Female Students
MS Female Students
MS/HS girls interested in exploring STEM careers
We are pleased to present IDEA tools designed to help with STEM program planning, teaching and partnering. Developed over years of working on improving STEM education together, Collaboratory members bring to you our best, tried-and-true tools to help you help us improve STEM education for all our children.
How People Learn - free pdf
How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school.
Research about how the mind works and what leads to learning in humans. This is the expanded addition that offers information on how to apply the research to classroom instruction and improve student achievement. Authors: Bransford, J., Brown, A., & Cocking, R.R. (1999). Washington , D.C.: National Academy Press.
Next Generation Science Standards
Next Generation Science Standards identify the science all K-12 students should know. These standards are based on the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The standards may also be purchased in book format at
and other websites.
Understanding by Design
A video overview featuring one of the authors of Understanding by Design (by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe). Understanding by Design materials may be located online for purchase.
College Knowledge - Summary
A summmary of the book College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Get Them Ready by David T. Conley (Jossey-Bass, 2008) from "The Main Idea: Current Education book summaries". The book may be found for purchase at various retail outlets.
College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School by David T. Conley
An abstract from Avid of College and Career Ready: Helping All Students Succeed Beyond High School by David T. Conley. The book is available for purchase at various retail outlets.
Intel Science & Engineering Fair Information
Information about the Intel Science and Engineering Fair from sponsor organization The Society for Science & the Public. This site provides Rules, Forms, Resources, links to regional competitions and more.
National History Day - competition
National History Day is an academic program for grades 6-12. The program is focused on historical research and culminates in regional, state and national level competitions that showcase students' final projects.
Poetry Out Loud - Student competition
Poetry Out Loud is a National Recitation Contest that was created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Students memorize and recite poems from a an approved anthology, competing at school, regional, state and national level events.
Zillah Robot Challenge
Zillah Robot Challenge maintains an open invitation to all students in Washington State to participate at NO COST. Each team is loaned a Boe-Bot Robot Kit (manufactured by Parallax, Inc.) from the Zillah High School Science Boosters at NO COST.
The teams have approximately 6 weeks for students to learn how to assemble, program, test and modify their robots before the competition. Each year there are two competitions; one held in December and one in March. The first 40 high school teams and the first middle school teams to register are accepted.
Science Olympiad providesrigorous, standards-based challenges to teasm of students.With an ever-changing line-up of events in all STEM disciplines this competition exposes students to practicing scientists and career choices, and energizes classroom teachers with a dynamic content experience.
US CyberPatriot - National HS Cyber Defense Competition
Cyber Patriot is a national high school cyber defense competition created by the Air Force Association to inspire high school students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.
eCYBERMISSION - Student Competition
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Studetn teams propose a solution to a real problem in their community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards. eCYBERMISSION challenges students to explore how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics work in their world.
Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest
The Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest, formerly the West Point Bridge Design Contest, is an Internet-based competition that provides middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering.
Rocket City Math League
The Rocket City Math League is a year-long, four-round math competition for middle and high school students. Tests are sent to registered schools via email before each round, and scores are entered on an online database. There are five levels of three rounds of individual testing that range from Pre-Algebra to Calculus, and two levels of an Inter-School Test.
Math Is Cool
"Math is Cool" competitions include both individual and team events for grades 4-12. Individual events include completion of open-ended and multiple choice problem sets. Team events include open-ended problem sets, relays, pressure rounds, mental math and college bowl rounds.
American Mathematics Competitions
Dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, the The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) program identifies, recognizes, and rewards excellence in mathematics through a series of national contests.
Washington State Mathematics Council
The Washington State Mathematics Council is a professional organization that exists to promote and influence mathematics education. They offer high school and middle school mathematics competitions.
ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest
The purpose of the Pacific NW Region Programming Contest is to bring together as many college students from as many different schools in the region to compete in a spirit of fun.
PBS Parents Resource
Welcome to PBS Parents, the trusted online resource that's filled with information about your child’s development from birth through the early school years.
Created with input from experts in child psychology, early childhood education, media and other fields, PBS Parents provides the answers you need to be your child’s first, best teacher. We’re also the proud recipient of the prestigious 2011 Parent’s Choice Gold Award – the only parenting site to receive this distinction.
Looking for expert advice on the latest parenting issues? Check out the Expert Q & A blog on our Issues and Advice page. Post comments, ask questions, share stories — be part of the conversation. Don't miss our Child Development section, with its age-by-age guide to a child's development from birth to age nine. And on Kitchen Explorers, amazing cooks (and moms), Alice Currah and Aviva Goldfarb, share quick and easy recipes that will tempt picky eaters.
PBS Parents is committed to providing valuable school-related resources for parents and caregivers. Our Education section offers strategies for building literacy and math skills and tips for Going to School. You can also find information for Children with Disabilities.
PBS Learning Media
STEM Career Lab: Designing Your Future
Science notebooks can be used to help students develop, practice, and refine their science understanding, while also enhancing reading, writing, mathematics and communications. On this site you will find examples of student work from science notebooks - many from common used commercially developed science instructional materials, information to support the use of science notebooks, and strategies to use notebooks to integrate reading, writing, mathematics, and science.
Raspberry Pi - The credit card size computer
Raspberry Pi i s credit card size computer that plugs into your tv or a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Small and cheap, it can be used for kids of all ages to learn programming.
Khan Academy - online learning free
Khan Academy provides short, accessible lessons in a wide variety of subjects. Their goal is to change education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone.
Learn to Code Interactively - Free
A community where learners can access series of lessons to learn programming for free.
Code.org - Learn, teach advocate for CS
Code.org provides resources for learning, teaching and advocating for computer science in K-12 schools. Primary sponsors of the successful Hour of Code.
PNNL STEM Education Resources and Work Based Learning
PNNL's Office of STEM Education and Work-Based Learning. Find information and resources from various collaborations with Educators and educational organizaitons in the local area. Also access information on applying for internships at PNNL - high school to graduate leve students as well as pre-service and in-service teachers.
Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards
National Research Council. 2013. Developing Assessments for Next Generation Science Standards. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press. Describes the Types of Assessments that will be needed to gauge student progress on the Next Generation Science Standards.
Effective Science Instruction - A Research Report
This brief distills the research on science learning to inform a common vision of science instruction and to describe the extent to which K–12 science education currently reflects this vision. A final section on implications for policy makers and science education practitioners describes actions that could integrate the findings from research into science education. Banilower, Eric. 2010. Effective Science Instruction: What Does Research Tell Us? Portsmouth, NH: Center on Instruction.
Achieving the Common Core (State Standards)
Materials developed by Achieve to help states, districts, and others understand the organization and content of the standards and the content and evidence base used to support the standards.
Carolina Biological Curriculum
Smithsonian Science Education Center. Science & Technology Concepts. K-8 science curriculum marketed through Carolina Biological Supply Company
PBS Learning Media
Explore! Watch! And Learn! Through this collection of videos, hear from STEM professionals about their educational pathway, what it is they love about their jobs, and how they really do use that math and science they learned in high school. Start exploring now!
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Since the Hall opened to the public in 1968, learning by doing has been core to all of our programs. We emphasize science inquiry as well as science content. We know that children learn more effectively and develop stronger interests in science and math if they engage with the subject through hands-on investigations. To address the challenges in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education today, we've created a comprehensive set of programs to help increase the quality and quantity of great science learning that kids get both in and out of school.
Science Friday from NPR
NPR's Science Friday with links (under Educate) to teacher resources for teaching.
ScienceDaily features breaking news and videos about the latest discoveries in science, health, the environment, technology, and more -- from major news services and leading universities, scientific journals, and research organizations.
STEM Connector is a "one stop shop" for STEM Information. Find reports on STEM, sign up for newletters, locate STEM events, other STEM organizations, and much more.
Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) outreach & education program
ARM Climate Research Facility Educational Outreach is involved in climate change educational outreach in the communities and regions hosting ARM's data-gathering field sites. Our goal is to develop basic science awareness and increase critical thinking skills focusing on environmental science and climate change for K-12 students. In addition, ARM educational outreach supports relationship building between teachers, students, scientists, and the community.
Edmodo - an online classroom tool
An online community with tools to enable teachers and students to safely connect in online classrooms, collaborate on assignments, discover new resources, and more! Edmodo also enables parent connections to the work in the classroom.
Picture Perfect Science
Picture-Perfect Science Lessons and More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons, published by the National Science Teachers Association, have helped teachers deepen their content knowledge and integrate science and reading in a meaningful way.
Each book contains ready-to-teach lessons and features engaging, science-related books tied to inquiry-based science lessons.
Economic Impact of STEM Education
The Office of Economic Impact and Diversity develops and executes Department-wide policies to implement applicable legislation and Executive Orders that strengthen diversity goals affecting equal employment opportunities, small and disadvantaged businesses, minority educational institutions, and historically underrepresented communities.
Investing in STEM Education
The Massive Potential of Investing in STEM Education
Engineer Your Life
Welcome to Engineer Your Life, a guide to engineering careers for high school girls! Imagine what life would be like without pollution controls to preserve the environment, life-saving medical equipment, or low-cost building materials for fighting global poverty. All this takes engineering. In very real and concrete ways, women who become engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet. Dream Big. Love what you do. Become an engineer.
The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
SciGirls is a new show for kids ages 8-12 that showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere!
Women @ Energy
Our new feature, Women @ Energy, showcases a few of our talented and dedicated employees here who are helping change the world, ensuring America’s security and prosperity through transformative science and technology solutions. View profiles of women across the country, sharing what inspired them to work in STEM, what excites them about their work at the Energy Department, sharing ideas for getting more underrepresented groups engaged in STEM, offering tips, and more.
Girls in STEM
A video about Girls in STEM: A New Generation of Women in Science
Society of Women Engineers
Engineering is innovation . . . it's invention . . . it's one of the most exciting and essential fields there is. In order to help engineering thrive and remain diverse, we need to share the excitement with girls in grades K-12. Education and awareness must start now, well before college. The future is in our hands. Help us place it in theirs.
IEEE / Tufts University Response to encouraging women to stay in engineering
Rigor/Relevance Framework from the International Center for Leadership in Education
Information on the Rigor/Relevance Framework® from the International Cneter for Leadership in Education. The Framework is toold used by Delta High in curriculum, instruction and assessment. The tool is based on two dimensions of higher standards and student achievement.
ACT National Curriculum Survey
The ACT National Curriculum Survey is a nationwide survey of educational practices and expectations. Conducted every three to five years by ACT, the survey collects data about what entering college students should know and be able to do to be ready for college-level coursework in English, math, reading, and science.
ACT 2013 - Career & College Readiness of tested HS graduates
The Condition of College & Career Readiness (ACT) for 2013 HS graduates who took the ACT. Provides a series of graphical pictures that showcases the career and college readiness of the 2013 ACT test takers.
USA Science and Engineering Festival
The largest science and engineering festival in the USA with a mission to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and Mathematics.
A virtual platform that connects students' academic and technical STEM talent with colleges, organizations and corporations in ways never before possible.
STEM Jobs Magazine
STEM Jobs shows you how to take what you’re passionate about and find a career where you can #dowhatyoulove.
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S.T.E.M. Magazine is a resource of awareness that exists to provide clarity on the subject of how we already incorporate S.T.E.M. into every class, how to encourage the creative process and cultivate curiosity in both the teacher and student. S.T.E.M. Magazine strives to encourage educators about the urgent need for this inclusion in light of their responsibility to equip students fully for their careers.
SE LASER Resources
PNNL, on behalf of the SE LASER Alliance, has created a website that provides resources for assessment, curriculum, materials support, community engagement, literacy in science and administrative support.
Washington State ESD's Website of Resources for Math and Science
Each of the nine ESDs has joined together to provide tools and resources for educators across the state. These have been uploaded by the Regional Math and Science Coordinators from each ESD.
OSPI's NGSS Site
Washington's Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OPSI) is using this site to collect up resources for families and educators to more deeply understand the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards.
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Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
In this series of short, web-exclusive videos, you'll meet intriguing scientists and engineers, and learn about their surprising lives outside the proverbial lab.
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Washington State LASER
On this website you will find many resources from instructional materials centers to regional Alliances.
Washington Science Teachers Association
WSTA is an organization comprised of science educators who goals include: WSTA is dedicated to the following long term goals of promoting professional growth, establishing a communication network, exploring curriculum development, rewarding excellence, and creating public awareness of the importance of quality science education.
•Forming an organized voice on pertinent legislative policies and issues.
Why So Few?
A 2010 research report by AAUW presents compelling evidence that can help to explain why so few women enter or stay in STEM careers. This report reveals elements of eight key research findings that point to environmental and social barriers — including stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of science and engineering departments in colleges and universities — that continue to block women’s progress in STEM.
Washington STEM is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing excellence, equity and innovation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Washington State.
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Engineering - Go For It
This website hosts a variety of tools to boost students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand professional horizons and to stay informed on STEM education.
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Scientists at the Smithsonian
This site houses video clips of scientists who work for the Smithsonian in a variety of interesting STEM jobs.
Dragonfly TV - Videos
This site contains video clips of scientists and engineers working in the STEM fields.
FAMILY MATH focuses entirely on families learning mathematics together. In FAMILY MATH, mathematics becomes a challenging and engaging learning experience for everyone. Its math topics connect to the school curriculum, including algebra, probability, statistics, estimation, logic, geometry, and measurement.
"Engineering Education" - ASME
"Family Engineering," a new national program that promotes awareness of engineering among elementary-aged kids and their parents. While families work together building makeshift catapults and rockets, they are also building the future of the engineering profession. The premise: young children's natural interests in science and engineering are best nurtured by parents and other caregivers who are also interested and have some first-hand experience with the topics.
Early Childhood Science Education - NSTA
National Science Teachers Association position statement on the importance of early childhood science education. PDF available.
What is STEM? - NSTA Report
This article explores the complex task of defining "STEM," while highlithing its importance in today's world as we prepare students for the future.
Advancing Transformation Science and Technology
A video from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory that explains how their interdisciplinary approach to solving challenges in energy and the environment, national security and fundamental sciences is moving the boundaries of science.
NPR's Science Friday Videos
A collection of videos recommended by Science Friday on NPR
Resources for STEM Education from PBS
Education Resources from Discovery Education (the Discovery Channel)
NBC Learn Portal
Aa collection of over 18,000 standards-aligned resources designed for use in the classroom.
Yakima Valley STEM Careers Video Series
Yakima Valley Careers: STEM in action!
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are the basic principles of STEM, which help prepare students to become great leaders. Throughout all kinds of careers, these are definite necessities, and we are here to show you exactly how to step up your game and prepare you for the world of work.
Ready Washington Resources for understanding standards and assessments
Resources from Ready Washington, in partnership with Improving Learning at Scale, intended to help educators and parents better understand Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments. The new ESPANOL page helps explain Washington state's K-12 learning standards and the new Smarter Balanced assessment system. It's a great resource for helping Spanish speakers better understand how the standards and tests work together as a teaching tool.
You can also find new videos translated to Spanish on our YouTube page.
When world renowned architect Rafael Vinoli proposed a radical design for the University of California, he set in motion a collaboration between architects and engineers who would use math, physics and innovation to build one of the most unique buildings.
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For those seeking and promoting STEM careers.
The Science Channel
A collection of short science videos
Seeds of Science - Roots of Literacy
Seeds of Science, Roots of Reading
Engineering is Elementary
Engineering is Elementary supports educators and children with curricula and professional development that develop engineering literacy.
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How Stuff Works Video Collection
Video site for classroom or home aligned to earth, life and physical science topics.
Real Scientists at Work
A collection of videos with scientists, engineers and other innovators talking about their work. Suitable for students.
Design Squad Nation
Design Squad Nation is a website chock full of videos, games, and engineering design challenges that could be used both at home and at school.
Family Engineering is a resource for providing informal learning experiences around engineering to students and their families. The site includes upcoming workshops and events as well as a store where English and Spanish versions of the book may be purchased.
The Private Eye is a program about the drama and wonder of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale and theorizing. Designed to develop critical thinking skills, creativity and scientific literacy - across subjects - it's based on a simple set of tools that produce "gifted" results.
Hands on, investigative, The Private Eye - using everyday objects, a jeweler's loupe, and simple questions - accelerates science, writing, art, math and social studies, as well as vocational and technological education.
Whether you enter The Private Eye on your own using The Private Eye guide and jeweler's loupes, or whether you opt to attend a Private Eye workshop - you'll discover that it builds communication, problem solving, and concentration skills. For K-16 through life, all levels, The Private Eye develops "the interdisciplinary mind."
Basic information about Family Science programs, including information on Workshops and events as well as how to purchase products such as the Family Science books (English and Spanish) by David Heil. The Family Science book can also be found at retailers such as Amazon.
A Framework for K-12 Science Education
The framework identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. Designed to make science education more closely resemble the way scientists work and think, the framework envisions that students will gradually deepen their understanding of scientific ideas over time by engaging in practices that scientists and engineers actually use. The framework served as the basis for the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed by a consortium of 26 states. The framework is also designed to be useful for curriculum and assessment designers, teacher educators, and others who work in K-12 science education.
Maker Ed is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities — particularly, those in underserved areas — to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth. We strive to create more opportunities for all young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making.
Makerspace, a place to meet other makers
A beta version of an on-line community for makers of all kinds to share their projects.
A magazine that inspires, resources, projects, an on-line store and much, much more!
Edutopia Maker Education Resources
Find resources and tools to help bring elements of maker culture into schools and classrooms, and encourage students to explore STEAM subjects within the context of maker projects.
Principles of Science for Principals
Principles of Science for Principals is an ongoing project purposed to create resources and experiences designed to support principals as instructional leaders for science. Current project work includes the release of a collection of authentic stories purposed to illustrate instructional leadership for science education. The stories have foundation from the 5 Pivotal Practices that shape instructional leadership as outlined in the Wallace Foundation Perspective Report. Ultimately the stories serve as the cornerstone for this website and a resource for principals in support of their understanding of, and leadership for implementing effective science instruction. The Wallace Foundation describes five Pivotal Practices of an instructional leader. For purposes of the Principles of Science for Principals project, these practices have been adapted to instructional leadership for science:
1.Shape a vision of academic success for science
2.Create a climate hospitable to science education
3.Cultivate leadership in others so that teachers and other adults assume their part in realizing the school's vision for science
4.Improve instruction to enable teachers to teach science at their best and students to learn science at their utmost
5.Manage people, data and processes to foster school improvement for science
An introduction to the stories, individual principal stories and suggested self-reflection questions can now be found in the Stories section of this website.
Giving girls and young women role models in STEM and opening their eyes to a world of opportunity. Explore the paths of 44 inspiring women in diverse STEM fields and learn what it takes to be a STEM Gem.
In STEM Gems, you and your daughter, niece, neighbor, friend or student will discover:
-The stories of 44 inspiring women in 44 diverse STEM careers and how they made it.
-The challenges these incredible women faced in pursuit of their dreams.
-The tremendous accomplishments these Gems have achieved in their respective STEM fields.
-Advice on how to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.
-Actionable steps girls and young women can take right now to set themselves up for success.
-What girls and young women can expect in a promising STEM career, and much, much more!
Through the powerful stories of the STEM Gems in this book, girls and young women will have their pick of current role models of all ages, ethnicities and job types. And through the eight chapters that outline actionable steps, girls and young women will learn what they can do right now, today, to set themselves up for success and to create their own unique paths.
The STEM-It Project, a Math Science Partnership Grant awarded to Educational Service District 123, is a model for both partnering teachers with scientists in industry (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) to design engineering challenges and for providing teachers with a deep understanding of their science units and the connections those units have to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
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