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Challenge Island creates individual custom curriculum lessons around what the teacher is currently working on with the students to support and reinforce what is being taught.  In their unplugged programs, kids work in collaborative groups taking on exciting creative and critical thinking challenges from real world issues, set on a wide array of thematic island destinations.  Lessons include all five aspects of STEAM where kids work on both their STEAM skills and socio-emotional skills.  All Challenge Island curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Michigan State Standards. 

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Challenge Island logo® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. CODE offers courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

More info about CODE and course catalog

Amazon Future Engineer program is designed to inspire, educate, and train young adults to pursue careers in computer science. 

Amazon Future Engineer home page

Girls Who Code is a network and pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. Their mission is to close the gender gap in technology. Educators, Administrators, and college students who pair with a faculty member can all start clubs. A Girls Who Code Club: a FREE after-school program for girls aged 10-18 during the academic year.

Start a Girls Who Code Club

LinkEngineering is a community website of educators interested in providing meaningful engineering experiences for preK-12 students. These educators work with students in classrooms and other settings. This includes teachers, teacher educators, and administrators. The site allows members to connect with each other and engineering education experts.

LinkEngineering home page

Mi-STAR, a Michigan Tech initiative, is a middle school curriculum that aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Michigan State Standards. Students use science and engineering to address relevant, relatable, and real-world issues. Professional development is offered for teachers using the curriculum. The State of Michigan and the National Science Foundation both support Mi-STAR. 

More info about Mi-STAR

A great opportunity for students to learn science, technology, math, and engineering hands-on in the classroom or at home.  A list of fun and interactive demonstrations that educators and leaders can explore.

Mind Trekkers Demonstrations

Kids Gardening has a wealth of resources for educators to use when creating and sustaining a garden for their classrooms.  They have put together an incredible program that takes a classroom through creating a garden from start to finish.  What a fascinating program for children!  Igniting a passion within a natural science, like gardening, will teach self-sufficiency, independence and thinking through processes from start to finish.

Kids Gardening's program has: 

  • Books & Curricula
  • Lesson Plans
  • Garden Activities
  • Designing a School Garden
  • Creating & Sustaining a Garden Program
  • KidsGarden News

Details into their program can be found at

A network of informal and formal educators, professional development opportunities, and online resources. 

National Geographic Professional Development 

There is no fee for participation in the Orion’s Quest (OQ) Program. Curriculum development, classroom material and classroom visits are provided without cost. OQ is an internet based, education program for upper elementary, middle and high school students. OQ employs current NASA research to reach and inspire “the next generation of explorers. Teachers must enroll in the program in order for students to enroll. 

More info about Orion's Quest       
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RAFT offers a variety of lessons, idea sheets, activity kits, and tip sheets all in the STEAM fields.  Some of the lessons offered are Reduce your Impact on the Environment, Freshwater Transport, and Digital Citizenship. RAFT offers resources applicable to K-12 students on their website. 

RAFT Resources Page

ST Math is for Pre-K-8 students and is a visual instructional math program. ST Math builds a deep understanding of math through creative problem solving. 

ST Math home page

Inventing + Entrepreneurship are necessary skills sets in which all students should be immersed in order to create a more innovative, empathetic, and productive workforce of tomorrow; Open Source curriculum is also aligned to the Invention Convention national competition.

The STEMIE Coalition’s K-12 Invention Convention Curriculum

In an effort to help our TBAISD teachers in this unprecedented situation we are sharing a list of distance learning resources that are recommended by fellow educators. Some may fit into your curriculum. They may not follow state standards directly, but the content will be sound. Please keep in mind that this page will be updated regularly.

Remote Learning Toolkit