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Online Resources for Secondary Science
Neuroscience and Society Instructional Materials
These materials offer an in-depth focus on neuroscience through the lens of relevant societal issues, designed to be appropriate for grades 10-12.
STEM Teaching Tools
These very short pieces highlight ways of working on specific issues that come up during STEM Teaching.
Colorado Water Knowledge
The Colorado Water Center leads interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach to address complex and evolving water-related challenges in Colorado and beyond.
Statewide Water Education Action Plan
Examples of phenomena and case studies for potential inclusion in school curricula within Colorado.
Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) Classroom Resources
CADRE is funded by NSF and has highlighted promising practices and tools for educators in support of effective STEM education in schools and programs since 2011.
National Center for Science Education (NCSE) Classroom Resources
NCSE has classroom resources to support teachers.
Data Puzzles by CIRES
Bring authentic and relevant scientific data into your classroom.
Contextus 3D Assessment Database
Click on view spreadsheet to sort through all the 3D assessments.
Free, three dimensional lessons developed by teachers
Free, three dimensional lessons.
Free, three dimensional lessons.
BIOGAS: Garbage Power
These free lessons for 6-8 focus on decreasing food waste.
Free lessons and resources from Denver Water.
From ESRI, these are short standards-based, inquiry activities that teach that support Earth Science and Environmental Science by leveraging authentic data sets.
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye, most widely known as the zany host of ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’, a show geared towards exposing young viewers to all different forms of science, is back with a new series aimed at a more mature audience. In his new series, ‘The Eyes of Nye’, Bill explores some of today’s most controversial topics as well as taking a look at everyday science.
A web-based app lets students engage with data and do real analysis.
A next-generation online network empowering kids to engage with digital media in a fun, safe and social environment. “DOGO” means young or small in Swahili. While our young fans may be small, they act BIG as they engage with our websites and express their opinions on the content that interests and inspires them.
Ward's Natural Science offers a long list of how-to videos for use in your class—from how to care for classroom creatures to lab safety (complete with pie-in-the-face action).
How Science Works
UC Berkeley Understanding Science site with interactive components, links for iTunes, and other resources for teachers and students.
An organization on a mission, they are a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
Lab Out Loud podcast
Lab out Loud is a podcast and blog that discusses science news and science education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers and other important figures in the field.
Powerful digital tool that integrates lab, simulations, and personalized pathways for students.
Minerals Education Coalition
Is a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, producing and disseminating fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities.
Original Web-series from MIT showcasing Real Science by Real Students.
National Geographic YouTube Channel
National Geographic Kids YouTube Channel
National Park Web Rangers
The interactive Web Ranger program helps people of all ages learn about the national parks. You can explore over 220 national parks with virtual trail tours and more.
NOVA Science Now
Hundreds of FREE science videos with supporting materials such as discussion questions and interactive quizzes.
A collection of Science resources from around the world. Including videos, interactive learning activities, links, images and more.
Subject Specific Science Apps for iPads
Apps that support the active investigation of science, including those that allow students to model scientific concepts, communicate scientific ideas, and explore problems through authentic uses of the tools of science.
Educational video community for teachers, students, and parents.
TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video.
Teach your students about astronomy while peering up at a virtual universe. For a stargazing activity, choose your location via Google Earth and switch to the "sky" view, which shows the stars as they might appear from your own backyard.
Provides visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science. Explore physics, chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology with interactive simulations.
A collection of Science resources from around the world. Including videos, interactive learning activities, links, images and more.
Interactive Science Simulations- fun, interactive and research-based simulations of physical phenomena from the PhET project at the University of Colorado. All iPad compatible.
Center for Science Education has a collection of interactives and simulations related to weather, climate, atmospheric science and space weather education.
General Science Resources
A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas
Released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011. The framework identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. It will serve as the foundation for new K-12 science education standards, which will be developed by a group of states to replace standards issued more than a decade ago. The framework is also designed to be useful for curriculum and assessment designers, teacher educators, and others who work in K-12 science education.
American Chemical Society
A congressionally chartered independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.
A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning
Download or share this free PDF with grade-specific resources to help parents nurture 21st-Century skills at home. No available in Spanish!
Atlas of Science Literacy, Volumes 1 and 2
Mapping K-12 science learning. Atlas of Science Literacy is a two-volume collection of conceptual strand maps and commentary on those maps that show how students understanding of the ideas and skills that lead to literacy in science, mathematics, and technology might develop from kindergarten through 12th grade.
A comprehensive resource for teachers and school districts looking to introduce dissection alternatives into their curricula.
Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)
A non-profit curriculum study committed to transforming science teaching and learning.
Videos about science, math, engineering, etc.
Bozeman Science Videos
Site maintained by a science teacher in Montana, includes videos about Education with specific science and math subjects (anatomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, statistics).
A collection of 600+ free, ready-to-use climate related resources rigorously reviewed by educators and scientists, suitable for K-12 classrooms.
Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS)
Part of the PhET (Physics Education Technology) Project and the PER@C (Physics Education Research Group at Colorado).
A network of physics and astronomy online resources.
CU Learn More About Climate
Translates climate change information into resources and tools for teachers, policy makers, and citizens. Watch videos, schedule a guest speaker, find standards-based lessons and interactive resources.
Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
A free resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. Resources include lesson plans, curricula, scientific data, visualizations, interactive computer models, and virtual field trips and labs, simulations, podcasts from kindergarten to graduate level. Also included are Earth Science literacy maps that relate to specific Earth science concepts and associated educational standards.
offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell. Foster deeper engagement and opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools designed for today’s busy teachers and parents. Explore using the links above for specific resources by grade. K-5 Lesson Plans Innovation Portal
Earth Science Week
Earth Science Week celebrates the theme “Earth’s Connected Systems,” emphasizing interactions among the Earth systems of land, water, air, and life.
Energy Literacy Principles
is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning about energy. The framework identifies seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts to support each principle.
Green 360 Careers
Cultivating change-making solutions to environmental challenges, Green 360 connects high school and college age students with tools, information, and people they need to make informed choices and create pathways to green careers.
How to Smile
is a collection of the best educational materials on the web, creating learning activities, tools, and services vetted by a group of science museum educators dedicated to bringing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) out of the academic cloister and into the wider world.
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Plans, organizes, and conducts atmospheric and related research programs in collaboration with universities.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Create a Graph
online resource to create different types of graphs.
SOS Explorer - A unique earth data visualization tool used to develop science literacy, problem solving, trusted information gathering, and reasoning from data.
NOAA View Global Data Exploration Tool - Over 100 environmental variables are available using data from NOAA's vast archives of satellites, climate models, and other observation devices.
Data in the Classroom - Five curriculum modules that demonstrate techniques for using real data in the classroom.
- Ideas, activities and lessons – Hundreds of digital teaching resources ranging from pdf educator guides to full blown lessons plans.
- Amazing videos – One of the largest video collections on YouTube, the National Geographic channel is a go to source for high quality, HD video on nearly every topic under the sun. Videos vary from short extracts through to full length documentaries.
- Online games and apps – Interactive resources you can use with your students. There are games challenging science and engineering, learning about animals through to vocabulary and family fun.
- National Geographic Teaching Resources
PDF and print resources
- National Geographic Ideas
Ideas for using resources in class
- National Geographic PD
Programs for K-12 Teaching and Learning
Packaged resources for exploring topics
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)
The U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.
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)
For more than 80 years, NBC News has been documenting the people, places, and events that shape our world. NBC Learn, is dedicated to making these historic stories, images and primary source documents available on-demand to teachers, students, and parents.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
A federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere.
National Science Digital Library
High quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with an emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Colorado Project Learning Tree - K-8 Activity Guide Aligned to CAS Science
Ocean literacy Principles
Ocean Literacy Framework was developed by many scientists and educators from the ocean sciences education community. Their efforts built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials and assessments.
The California Academy of Sciences’ channel for current stories on cutting-edge technologies, life, Earth, space and sustainability.
A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, which include the topics of evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms.
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
An international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Resources include Teacher and Student materials on the science of soil.
Is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula to help make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings.
The Physics Classroom
An online, free-to-use physics website developed primarily for high school physics students and teachers. The website features a variety of sections intended to support both teachers and students in the task of learning and teaching physics
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Community Programs
A collection of eight programs which create, conduct, and coordinate projects that strengthen education and research in the atmospheric, oceanic and earth sciences.
UCAR – Learning Zone
How does a cloud form? What’s a sunspot? Why is climate changing? At The UCAR Center for Science Education’s Learning Zone, you can explore these questions and more. Great videos, interactives and visualizations.
Windows on Earth
An educational project that features photographs taken by astronauts on the International Space Station. Astronauts take hundreds of photos each day, for science research, education and public outreach.
Science and Engineering Practices
Colorado STEM Ecosystem
The STEM Ecosystems community strives to draw from the scientific idea of ecosystems to represent its research-based to build networks for the sharing of resources and expertise among leaders from education, business, and industry, non-profits, philanthropy, and others.
Encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.
Next Generation Science Standards
Through a collaborative, state-led process managed by Achieve, new K–12 science standards have been developed that are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally-benchmarked science education. The NGSS are based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.
Research + Practice Collaboratory
Research and Practice collaboratory engages researchers and practitioners around the country in an effort to address the long-standing gap between educational research and practice in STEM education.
STEM Education Coalition
Works to support STEM programs for teachers and students at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and other agencies that offer STEM-related programs.
Technology in Education
Colorado Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Provides quality educational programs emphasizing core academic content, post-secondary and workforce readiness (PWR) competencies, technical skills, and seamless transition to further education or employment.
Colorado Technology Association
Dedicated to foster growth and opportunity for the technology industry. The Annenberg Foundation has a website for educator professional development with great workshops and courses for mathematics and science teachers. The courses are free but for a fee graduate credit is available from Colorado State University. Teaching Channel is a website designed to support the professional learning of teachers through videos of high quality teaching, discussion questions and opportunities for asynchronous conversations. Find ideas on integrating design skills using mathematics and science.