This is a thank you to everyone that showed up at the Flagstaff YMCA/Northern Arizona College Resource Center - http://www.nacrc.net/ for the STEM Careers workshop. I hope you all got something out of it. Here is the link to the "Prezi" presentation that I used - http://prezi.com/dvc_pkz1gsmn/stem-careers/. I will be posting some new resources on the site in the near future. The Prezi link will also be in the resources section. To navigate the Prezi, use the "More" button on the lower right hand corner of the presentation window and choose "Fullscreen". You can either click on the areas you are interested in to zoom into them or use the arrows on the bottom of the screen to navigate forward. The links within the boxes bring you to outside resources. Enjoy.
I ran across this wonderful STEM resource the other day - American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).eGFI evolved from the name of a magazine - Engineering, Go For It! that is produced by the
egfi-k12.org is a website with resources aimed to allow kids to explore engineering careers. There is an online version of the Engineering, Go For It magazine; short introductions to different engineering careers, many "meet a student" opportunities, and a student blog that has stories related to what is going on in different engineering fields.
For teachers, there is http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/ which has lesson plans, class activities, features, links, and news. The resources are sorted by grade levels and type of activity. There are PDF lesson plans, videos, and background resources for each topic. There are currently 138 lesson plans on the site, 99 class activities and 388 "outreach" resources.
Overall, it is a great resource and I encourage anyone wanting to bring STEM into the classroom to take a look. As with many of this type of site, you have to figure out how to integrate the lessons and tie in standards. If you would like more integrated content, look at our blog post about Defined STEM which is a commercial resource (you need to pay for it) but has a complete integration of content all the way to state standards.
Design Squad (http://pbskids.org/designsquad/) is one of my favorite STEM related organizations. They are a part of PBS and started as a TV show for middle school students to participate in "design challenges" that made teams of students work together to develop a solution for a problem.
They are now an organization with lesson plans and curriculum to encourage the use of STEM and design principles in classrooms. Take a look at the Parents and Educators section to see resources, lesson plans, and examples for the use of their content. The also have a "Build it Big" contest going on right now.
We would love to get some community based programs going to help get kids interested in design and engineering. Let us know if you have an interest by using our Contact Us page.