Youth Leader and Educator Resources
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.
Code.org® 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
Computer Science camps, student and teacher resources from Amazon
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
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
MTU Mind Trekkers Demonstrations
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
National Education Association School Garden Curriculum
The curriculum offers K-8 lessons teaching earth science, life science, and physical science topics by using gardens. The lessons are sorted by grade level.
-The Kindergarten Curriculum includes soil exploration- observe and report soil conditions.
-The Second Grade Curriculum includes planting garlic- harvest and grow plants to observe the growth patterns.
-The Fourth Grade Curriculum includes Following Food Farm to Fork- learn about life as a fruit or vegetable from farm to plate.
-The Sixth Grade Curriculum includes Mythbusters: Gardening the Moon Phases-Do the phases of the moon affect garden growth?
-The grade Eight Curriculum includes Nitrogen Management- topics on Nitrogen Management.
NEA School Garden Curriculum
National Geographic free student and teacher professional development resources
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
Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT)
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