Teacher Resources

NEW! 10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here’s a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.


NEW! Curious George STEM

Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them.


NEW! The Educator’s Guide to Real Estate Lesson Plans: Math & Science

Real estate is a complex field that requires skills in math, science, English, social studies and home economics. By incorporating real estate-based lessons into your curriculum, you can help students gain valuable skills in practical math application, presentation giving, forming a persuasive argument, earth science and so much more!


NEW! Computer Programming Basics Lesson Plan: Tynker Games

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this computer programming basics lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including online coding games) to learn about programming.

Science Technology Advanced Resource, Inc. (STAR)

STAR, Inc. is a national [501c3], not for profit, education program that integrates elementary, middle, high school and early college students with expert resources provided through interactive webcasts and events that are specifically integrated into the classrooms per teacher and administration requests and needs. STAR is adaptable to the IT infrastructure of the school systems with no program purchase cost or fee. It is a teaching tool that allows teachers, with minimum effort, to adapt STAR to their curriculum and lesson plans. This non-competitive program embraces students of all grade point averages allowing each student the same opportunity to interact with STAR experts.



EnvironmentalScience.org is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about starting your career as an Environmental Scientist. EnvironmentalScience.org’s mission is to be the most reliable and expansive advocate for environmental science education and careers. Environmental Scientists have rewarding, challenging, and well-paying careers that offer excellent opportunities for growth and advancement.


Arkansas Center for Plant-Powered Production

The P3 Center is a dynamic and sustainable statewide research consortium that supports strong cross-disciplinary research into the biology underlying plant-based bioproduction and drives innovative applications in areas of metabolic engineering, biomedical agriculture, biobased products and agricultural sustainability.


Cyber Security Degrees and Resources

The field of cyber security has never been hotter. To help you find your dream job, they’ve pulled together a comprehensive directory of colleges and universities offering cyber security degrees, as well as a wealth of information on career paths within the cyber security field, security clearances, the range of professional security certifications available, free online courses in security topics and more.


Masters in Data Science

Check out the great resources in the above link!  Browse this free guide to STEM for kids (K-12) organized by age and interest, as well as a section specifically focused on encouraging girls in STEM activities.

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) – Freebies!

Visit the below link to see a list of freebies compiled by NSTA for science (and more) in grades K-16.


Expanded Galileo® Pre-K Online Curriculum with Activities for Toddlers

Galileo Pre-K Online, from ATI, provides preschool educators and other stakeholders a complete assessment, curriculum, and reporting system that links planning, individualization, outcome documentation, and program enhancement. One of the first to offer educators online assessment and curriculum tools, Galileo is built on the principles of science, supported by a commitment to research, and guided by a vision that everyone should benefit from the opportunities and transformations of technology.

The new Galileo activities, designed for toddlers ages 18 to 36 months, expands on the existing curriculum activities for children 3 to 5 years of age. The full range of classroom activities, combined with Galileo reports, offer teachers time-saving tools for incorporating developmentally appropriate learning opportunities into their weekly lesson plan.  The documents offer research-based sequencing of the Galileo scale goals over the course of a program year. The scale goals provide the basis for the activities, ensuring that the developmental needs of a typical toddler are met. The various activities offered can be presented individually or in a variety of group settings and interest centers.
For more information contact ATI at 877.442.5453, or GalileoInfo@ati-online.com


International Space Station Research/Science: Get up to Speed and in the Know!

As educators, you bring the excitement of science and exploration to your students each day in the classroom. But how can you find the latest information about what is taking place aboard the International Space Station, or ISS, especially with regard to all of the science and research being operated continuously by the crews or self-sufficiently?

Here are six effective ways you can keep current and feel more confident in talking to students, and others, about the space station and what is happening in the orbiting laboratory.
1) Subscribe to the ISS Program Science Listserv.  Receive twice-weekly emails with compelling stories about important space station research conducted each day.
2) Read the information-rich ISS Research and Technology Web page and the engagingISS research blog, A Lab Aloft.
3) Know the ISS research benefits for humanity, available in video and print formats.
4) Follow timely ISS research updates on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
5) Learn how to get research aboard the ISS (or refer those interested).
6) Tap Into the ISS Toolkit, a wealth of ISS research multimedia resources at your fingertips and perfect for communication and outreach opportunities.


Audubon Arkansas

Audubon Arkansas is working with the Nature Conservancy to educate about one of Arkansas’s most treasured and threatened ecosystems—the tallgrass prairie. We have field trip opportunities available to a large tract of tallgrass prairie just outside of Arkadelphia calledPrairie Ridge Preserve at Terre Noire.
These environmental education programs are free of charge. They can take place in the classroom or on-site at the prairie and cover prairie history, prairie plants and animals, prairie soils, habitat management, nature journaling, and geocaching. Any of these topics can be tailored to be age-level appropriate. Contact Uta Meyer (see below) to get a program scheduled for the spring!  Audubon and the Nature Conservancy are also planning a Prairie Awareness Week for mid-May to involve public presentations, workshops, and a prairie art competition.

Audubon Arkansas is also thrilled to be working with Central Arkansas Water on water education and outreach in the central Arkansas region. As a part of this collaboration, Audubon is now offering program about Lake Maumelle and its watershed to K-12 students in Little Rock and Pulaski County!  Programs are free of charge and cover water conservation, water treatment, watershed protection, the ecological connection between water and wildlife, and outdoor recreation opportunities at Lake Maumelle like birding, geocaching, and nature journaling. Depending on the chosen intinerary, programs can be held in the classroom or on a field trip to Lake Maumelle.
If you’re interested in these opportunities, please contact Uta Meyer atumeyer@audubon.org, 501-244-2229.


STEM Lesson Plans from Discovery Education and the Navy (9-12th Grade)

Discovery Education and the Navy present a series of interactive lesson plans specifically designed for 9-12 graders to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Our lesson plan resources will help students understand unique concepts, practice new skills and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences.  Subject matters range from the physics of flight to the engineering of future ships. Plus, have fun with your students playing the Navy Proving Grounds widget! Designed to work in conjunction with The Science of Diving, Jets in Flight and Future Fleet lesson plans, our widget will test your students understanding of the concepts taught in those lessons as they go through each challenge.


PBS Learning Media

Did you know that PBS Learning Media puts hundreds of FREE lesson plans at your fingertips? Just search by grade, subject, or keyword to uncover creative activities, discussion questions, and new approaches to learning!

The home page is customized for Arkansas teachers.  These resources can be very helpful as you incorporate CCSS for ELA at K-5 or CCSS for Literacy in Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects at grades 6-12 into your science lessons.  There is also a section on Engineering Design http://aetn.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/ngss-eng/


NASA Webinars

Find upcoming science webinars for your students here.

Texas Instruments Presents: Teachers Teaching with Technology (T³™) Webinar Series

All T³™ webinars are complimentary and presented by experienced math and science educators.  These webinars are designed to help you feel confident using TI technology effectively in the classroom.  Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.  View upcoming webinars here.

Inside Mathematics

New common core resources for math education are now available at the link above.  Classroom lessons, example tasks, and more are also available.


Science Summation Page

The 2005 Arkansas Science Framework states, “Students should be engaged in hands-on laboratory experiences at least 20% of the instructional time.” In order to meet this goal, teachers and students require access to adequate equipment and supplies to facilitate learning through inquirybasedexperiences utilizing current technology. The cost for outfitting science classrooms and/or labs has been calculated for each individual grade level based on meeting the Arkansas Science Framework, but because much of this equipment can be shared within a school, a shared cost has also been calculated with grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 sharing costs. View the possible savings here.

Project Learning Tree®

From PLT’s websiteProject Learning Tree® (PLT) is a program of the American Forest Foundation that uses the forest as a window on the world, engaging the next generation of America’s thought-leaders and decision makers. Check out Project Learning Tree’s quarterly newsletter The Branch, and sign up to receive it.

SMART Portal

Provides resources for Arkansas math and science teachers, including quality math and science lessons in the 5E model, a matrix of resources linked to CCSS, and Arkansas Science Standards. stemlessons.org


LEGO Bricks in Space

An exciting new LEGO(r) Education space mission is underway! LEGO Education and NASA have teamed up to invite teachers and students from across the United States to participate in an educational program designed to inspire the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and math. Through the LEGO Bricks in Space program, students will work alongside International Space Station (ISS) crew members to conduct activities that test the effects of microgravity on simple machines. During Phase 1, eight LEGO Education activities will be conducted on board the ISS. Astronauts will build LEGO Education models, complete educational activities, and record their results through video and crew commentary. Each activity will include a downloadable teacher’s guide and student worksheet so classrooms can complete the activities on Earth and compare results with the ISS crew.

To download materials and watch crew videos, visit the Legospace Educators page.
For more information, contact LEGOspace@LEGOeducation.us <mailto:LEGOspace@LEGOeducation.us> .

NEW! The Educator’s Guide to Applying Real-World Math: 15 Resources with over 100 Lesson Plans

We know how tough it can be to engage student interest in math so we’ve compiled a list of resources for lesson plans for grades K-12 so parents and educators can skip all the tedious research and get right to the fun parts of teaching and learning! In this article, we provide lesson plans for both classroom-based and project-based learning, broken down by age group.


NEW! Architecture Activities to Help You Address NGSS Engineering Standards

To expand upon concepts in physics, calculus, geometry, engineering, and algebra, teachers can use architecture activities for greater student understanding. Architecture is no longer an area of study that simply covers building homes and commercial structures. The concentration also includes things like environmental design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Here are some activities that can bridge the divide between traditional science and engineering concepts in your classroom.


NEW! Making Science Labs Accessible to Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities face access challenges to typical science labs in precollege and postsecondary settings. Access barriers may prevent a student from:

  • gaining knowledge,
  • demonstrating knowledge, and
  • fully participating in lab activities.

There are two approaches to making academic activities accessible to students with disabilities—accommodations and universal design (UD). Accommodations are alternate formats, assistive technology, and other adjustments for specific students once they are enrolled in a class. For examples of accommodations in science classes, consult the publications Working Together: Science Teachers and Students with Disabilities and The Winning Equation: Access + Attitude = Success in Math and Science.


Free Evolution and Geological Time Poster

This classroom poster is available for free to science teachers.


Arkansas Science Teachers’ Association (ASTA) April 2012 Newsletter

ASTA’s first electronic newsletter shares information on professional development, conferences, mini-grants, next generation science standards, and more. This one is available to all, rather than just ASTA members. For information on becoming an ASTA member, visit arkscience.org.   Chemical Disposal Information for Teachers View and print the “Review of Chemical Disposal Procedures” for your classroom here.


Chemistry & Biology Resources

This website has short teacher videos with good ideas on chemistry and biology: www.flinnsci.com.  Click on Teacher Resource Videos and scroll to Minute Videos.  These videos give you ideas about teaching concepts, safety ideas, etc.

For biology teachers: www.hhmi.org/biointeractive also has great video clips.  They have one ontranslation that is great and gives students a real-time picture of what is happening.


Microscope Repair

Microscope repair service is available for science educators and others at DELTA Optical Instruments, Inc. North Little Rock, Arkansas Gayle Ross, NAESC Science Specialist 501-758-4442

Partnership for Transition to Teaching Grant

Help spread the word!
The College of Education at UCA seeks individuals with math and science backgrounds interested in becoming licensed math and science teachers. Special funding by the U.S. Department of Education is offering up to $5,000 to help highly qualified mid-career professionals or recent graduates make the transition into the classroom with a Master of Arts in Teaching from the College of Education. Funding will cover the actual costs of the total program. This program is designed for individuals without teaching credentials but wish to become a teacher in an expeditious way. In just five semesters, students can earn a Master of Arts in Teaching and secure a position in one of UCA’s partnership school districts, Little Rock School District or North Little Rock School District. [Learn more]

    The Requirements

  • Applicants must have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree
  • Graduates of the program must teach for three years in a partnership school district
  • Additional exit requirements may apply
    The Application Process:

  • Apply to the UCA Graduate School
  • Apply to the UCA Graduate School
  • Apply to the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program
  • Take and submit scores from the GRE or Praxis 1 exam
  • Apply for the Partnership for Transition to Teaching grant funds
  • More complete details can be found on the application page.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn Williams, at transition@uca.edu or by phone, 501.450.3627.

The Museum of Discovery’s Educational Programs page

Here are links to outreach programs for the classroom, based on the programs at the Museum of Discovery.

Iowa Math Science Resources

The Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership shares some teaching tools for in-class assignments and fun projects.


Science WoRx

A “local mentoring program and online resource network for science teachers”, Science WoRx focuses on education in health science, and offers the chance to host a scientist for your classroom.


STARLAB Portable Planetarium

The STARLAB Portable Planetarium at Arkansas Tech University is currently available for loan to schools and other qualified agencies. Steve Zimmer, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at ATU, is offering the program and wishes to pass along these details: Read more

ASTA Mini-Grants

ASTA will be awarding mini-grants for up to $500 for classroom supplies and equipment to ASTA members!
Learn more at arkscience.org/grants_and_programs.php.

AEEA Mini-Grants

Attention Arkansas Environmental Education Association Members: the spring mini-Grant funding cycle is now open for formal educators.
The Arkansas Environmental Education Association is soliciting proposals of up to $500 for AEEA’s mini-grant program. The mini-grant program is designed to support, enhance and expand the implementation of environmental education throughout the state of Arkansas. The winning proposal will receive the grant check in August in time to be utilized during the start of the new school year. Applicants must be paid members of AEEA. If you are not a current member of AEEA I invite you to join! A membership application form can be downloaded at www.arkansasee.org/membership.htmland sent in with a check or you can pay online using a credit card through the PayPal option.
Download the AEEA Mini-Grant Application here.
AEEA Membership Information

FIRST®Robotics Competition

The FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition will be held at Harding University in Searcy,March 6-8, 2014.  For more information, take a look at the Arkansas FIRST® Robotics Competition page. Watch the video from last year, featuring Baxter Bomb Squad from Mountain Home.

Graphing Assistant for Teachers and Students

If your students need assistance with graphing, types of graphs, analyzing graphs and data thenthese sites may be useful for you.

Lessons can be done online or you can print the worksheets for your students at:

Another site that seemed more suited for lower grades or graphing abilities was:

A Kids Guide to Recycling Glass and Plastic

A helpful guide to recycling recommended  by a Girl Scout troop!


Early STEM Matters

From the Early Childhood STEM Working Group, a policy report on Providing High-Quality STEM Experiences for All Young Learners, available at http://ecstem.uchicago.edu/

Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief

Created by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, available at https://tech.ed.gov/earlylearning/

Every Student Succeeds Act

A report from OregonAsk on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO).  It is available at https://oregonask.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/essa-report_3-31.pdf

Did you know that GLOBE has crafted nine new GLOBE Data Exploration learning activities over the past year!
Explore these activities, and the GLOBE Teacher’s Guide, by clicking here!

Or explore the learning adventures one by one:

Miscellaneous Tips and Helpful Hints

Disposal of laboratory specimens can be challenging.  Please visit the Arkansas Dept. ofEnvironmental Quality’s page here to get information on proper disposal techniques.   Requirements vary by region, but Carolina Biological also has recommendations that can be found here.

Developing a STEM-focused, Elementary Optics Program