Centennial Junior Ranger Activity Book

Happy 100th birthday to the National Park Service! Celebrate our country’s majestic national parks with this interactive activity book for K–8 students. Through photographs, fun facts, games, puzzles, conservation tips, and activities, the 20-page book shows students what it means to be a Junior Ranger and what they can do to help preserve and protect national parks. Students who complete the activity book can turn it in at any national park visitor center to receive an official Junior Ranger Centennial Badge. Or students can mail the completed book to the National Park Service, Junior Ranger Centennial Program Coordiator, 1201 Eye St. NW, Eighth Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Students should include their mailing addresses to receive their badges.

Full Link:


Biographies of Women Scientists For Girls and Young Women

Science is for women, too! Share this list of books about famous and contemporary female scientists with the girls and young women in K–12 classrooms! Available from the LOC’s Science Reference Services, the list presents books written in English within the past 20 years and offers titles appropriate for primary, intermediate, middle, and high school levels. The list also includes science book series and links for additional information.

Full Link:



Free online film resources for science teachers

The Museum of the Moving Image has just published the Sloan Science & Film Teacher’s Guide, a guide to 46 short science-related fiction films. Access to all films and the Teacher’s Guide is free. While many of the guides are for secondary students, there are some films that are appropriate for students in grades K-12 and a few that are appropriate for students in grade 5.  The guide is available here. The Museum is really proud of this project, and they are trying to get the guide into the hands of science teachers who might want to use these short films as a resource to engage their students.  Each film was supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s film program, and each filmmaker was paired with a science professor who ensured the accuracy of that part of the film. Subjects range from evolution to mathematics. Every film is correlated to New York and National Standards in the Sciences and the guide proposes discussion questions as well as links to further resources.

Full Link:

Review Quiz, PacMan style

“Gamify” your review sessions—and excite students of all ages about studying content—with a customized quiz game from Simply type in a series of questions and answers, click a button, and receive a link to a personalized quiz in the format of a“PacMan” game. The game runs like ordinary PacMan (i.e., PacMan travels through a maze eating dots and fruits, trying to avoid being eaten by a ghost), but with a twist. In the quiz version, when PacMan is eaten by a ghost, students must answer a series of multiple-choice questions from the database to gain an extra life and a chance to continue. The computer generates the answers for the multiple-choice questions based on the other answers in the database, but teachers can choose to add alternative answers to the multiple-choice questions if they prefer..

Full Link: 

Science and the Second World War

Looking to move beyond the textbook to help middle and high school students connect STEM to significant historical events? Two interdisciplinary activities from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)—“Advancement of Medical Technology DuringWorld War II” (for the high school level) and “I’ll Huff and Puff and Blow Your Ships Up” (for the middle level)—help students build a deeper understanding of issues in the Second World War while learning science content. Teachers who created the lessons researched a fallen American hero buried in an ABMC cemetery. The resulting lesson plans—which present historical context along with learning objectives, materials and preparation steps, student procedures, assessments, extensions, and adaptations—keep memories of the soldiers alive and make history real for students.

Full Link: 

Women in Science Card Game

Essentially a “female scientist” version of the popular card game Uno, this fun resource from introduces players to 44 remarkable women in science and offers inspiring role models for kids. Each card features an illustration of a female scientist and a brief summary of her primary contributions to her field. Scientists include primatologist Dian Fossey, astronomer Cecelia Payne, chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin, anthropologist Margaret Mead, biologist Rachel Carson, engineer and astronaut Julie Payette, and computer scientist Rose Dieng-Kuntz.


Full Link:


Pad2Pad’s Custom Circuit Board Design Software

Transform your students into printed circuit board designers and electrical engineers with Pad2Pad’s free PCB CAD software. Pad2Pad also has a video tutorial library to help students use the software and to teach them real-world electrical engineering skills. Pad2Pad’s software has taught students from elementary school to university level how to design their own custom circuit schematics.

Full Link:

Indicators for Postsecondary Hispanic STEM Success

A Review of the Literature to Identify Leading Indicators Related to Hispanic Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Postsecondary Educational Outcomes, a new report from ED’s Institute of Education Sciences, examined recent peer-reviewed studies to identify factors measured in K–12 settings related to students’ postsecondary STEM success, particularly for Hispanic students. The review revealed that the number of high school science and mathematics courses taken and the level of those courses is a consistent predictor of postsecondary STEM outcomes for all student subgroups. However, the literature indicates that minority students, including Hispanics, were less likely to take the highest-level science and mathematics courses. The reviewed research suggests that reducing disparities in science and mathematics preparation between Hispanic and white students and increasing the rates at which Hispanic students take high-level mathematics and science classes has promise for informing interventions designed to improve STEM outcomes.

Full Link: 


Geek Street Fair

The Geek Street Fair hosted by Google is an interactive, free event to inspire kids to pursue careers in science,technology, engineering, math (STEM) and computer science. Think traditional street fair, but instead of funnel cakes and ferris wheels, we have educational virtual games, robotics and electronic tinkering.

To show the breadth and diversity of what is happening in New York City’s tech scene, Google is partnering with nearly two dozen tech companies, community based organizations, museums and content creators from across the city who will provide fun activities to show how tech is driving innovation in a wide array of industries ranging from arts and entertainment to sports and education. The list of partners for this year’s event can be found below.

This year’s street fair will be held at Union Square Park on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 12:00pm-5:00pm. The fair is open to the public but if you would like to sign your class or after school program up for a specific time slot, please RSVP here.

Full Link: