The second strategic objective is Scale Evidence-Based STEM Curriculum in Classrooms. This objective is to have 100% of Indiana schools implementing integrated, evidence-based STEM curriculum. This list includes the vetted list of STEM curricula, as well as other curriculum resources which have not been vetted. Note: Descriptions for each resource listed below are derived from their respective website.
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) partnered with STEM Innovations, LLC and STEMworks at WestEd to conduct a curriculum-vetting process. The process is intended to help schools and districts as they look to adopt curricula and resources for their STEM education initiatives. The vetting process prioritizes curricula that provide an integrated STEM experience grounded in problem-, project-, and/or inquiry-based approaches to learning. Review the vetted resources below:
Disclaimer: The list of vetted STEM curriculum options is intended to serve as a resource for Indiana school districts. This list does not necessarily represent all available curriculum providers and does not indicate any particular curriculum recommendation by the Indiana Department of Education. STEM curriculum decisions are made by each Local Education Agency, and no matter the curriculum decision, it is up to the Local Education Agency to ensure that any/all required standards are adequately covered.
AAAS Science NetLinks: AAAS Science NetLinks is a premier K-12 science education resource produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At Science NetLinks, you'll find teaching tools, interactives, podcasts, and hands-on activities, and all of it is free!*
Carolina Biological Supply Company: Carolina Biological Supply Company is committed to supporting parents, teachers, and school districts with learn-from-home resources during this challenging time. Explore the resources below for elementary and middle school students from Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science™ 3D, Innovators in Science, and Smithsonian Programs.*
LabXchange: LabXChange is a free online platform developed by Harvard University for high school and college educators and learners. Labs are places of exploration and discovery for every field imaginable. In this spirit, you can discover, engage, and share what you learn on LabXchange. We curate and create world-class digital content, delivered on a free, online platform to integrate learning and research experiences. Here, you take control of your learning and solve real-world problems as a community. Participation will always be free.
Discovery Education: Discovery Education is a company whose mission is to prepare learners for future success by connecting them to the world outside the classroom. So, when the world outside the classroom threatens the continuity of instruction, we believe it is critical that we support teachers in explaining events like the Coronavirus outbreak to students and support administrators in maintaining continuity in students’ learning. We will continue to monitor this event closely and look for ways to help educators everywhere prepare students for success, no matter where they are.*
EcoXPT: EcoXPT is an immersive simulation in which students use inquiry to learn how ecosystems work. EcoXPT focuses on grades 6-8 but can be used with other grades.*
Indiana Expeditions with Rick Crosslin: Grab your favorite adventurer's hat and your sense of wonder and head into the amazing world of science with, "Indiana Expeditions!" From a real-life dinosaur dig to a bizarre suit made from Diet Coke®, "Indiana Expeditions" opens eyes to the incredible things taking place around us every day. Join Rick Crosslin, one of Indiana's most honored and respected science teachers, on a journey to discover how real science impacts our lives every day. He knows science is cool, and he's teamed up with WFYI to show kids and their teachers just how it rocks our world. You can also check out his YouTube Channel here.*
National Science Foundation: Welcome to the National Science Foundation’s Classroom Resources--a diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly find resources in your interest area, and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities.*
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Bring the wonder of space to your students. Explore the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s universe of science, technology, engineering, and math activities and resources.*
OpenSciEd: OpenSciEd was launched to improve the supply of and address the demand for high-quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, while at the same time supporting the implementation of middle school science instructional units. OpenSciEd aims to create a set of exemplary science instructional materials that are: designed and aligned to the Framework and NGSS; based on research regarding how students learn, what motivates learning, and the implications for teaching; developed with educators and extensively tested by teachers and schools; designed to be used with low-cost, standard laboratory equipment and materials amenable to large-scale deployment; and improved over time based on feedback from teachers and field-testing. While starting at the middle school level, the goal is to create an entire science curriculum from elementary to high school.*
PBS Learning Media: Bring the world to your classroom. WFYI and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for Indiana teachers like you.*
Science Learning Hub: This rich collection of New Zealand Science resources displays content under topics and concepts with an intuitive function that shows you related articles and resources as you search.*
Siemens STEM Day: Siemens STEM Day is a refreshed and expanded version of the beloved Siemens Science Day, now intended to span the whole K-12 STEM experience! Siemens STEM Day offers a variety of tools and resources that will help you reinvent your STEM curriculum. You'll find new, original hands-on activities, a teacher support center, and our Possibility Grant Sweepstakes!*
Society for Science & the Public’s Science News: Science News inHigh Schools is a program that brings Science News magazine and related educational resources to high schools across the United States and worldwide. The online library offers nearly 200 teaching exercises that apply core curricular high school standards by highlighting current news in science.*
STARBASE: Indiana has free STEM Academies sponsored by the Department of Defense in the State of Indiana. During the regular school year, we provide hands-on, minds-on STEM experiences for grade 5 students. Our four academies combined have served at a minimum 5,000 students this school year. These numbers include grade 5 students for our 1.0 program and students for our 2.0 program (middle schoolers, after school) and summer camps, again ALL FREE!*
STEM Resource Finder: Since 1994, the Concord Consortium has been developing open educational resources that expand and deepen STEM inquiry with technology. These scientifically accurate models and activities have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other private and federal granting agencies, and developed by curriculum experts—so you know you can trust them in your classroom! Our cutting-edge tools and resources have brought STEM practices to life for over a million learners worldwide.*
TeachEngineering: TeachEngineering is a digital library comprised of standards-aligned engineering curricula for K-12 educators to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design. University engineering faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers across the nation developed and classroom tested the contents of the TeachEngineering collection, which showcases engineering in everyday life as the context for student learning. Specific contributions by individual authors are recognized at the end of every lesson and activity. The collection aligns with state and/or national science, mathematics, and technology educational standards, and uses engineering as the vehicle to integrate science and mathematics concepts for K-12 students.*
Teach.Genetics: At Teach.Genetics, you'll find a wealth of resources and information aimed at helping educators bring genetics, bioscience, and health alive in the classroom. A companion to the popular Learn.Genetics website, Teach .Genetics offers additional tools and resources to support your curriculum, all free of charge.*
The Exploratorium: The Exploratorium isn't just a museum; it's an ongoing exploration of science, art, and human perception. Explore our vast collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity and education resources supporting online teaching and learning.*
Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana (CLCNWI): CLCNWI is a space science themed education center dedicated to continuing the mission of the Challenger 51L Space Shuttle Crew. The center offers both onsite and virtual STEM experiences for students of all ages, providing interactive mission simulations and programs as well as resources and training for teachers.*
Ethos Science Center: Envision schools where Science and Technology are taught hands-on! Using materials that facilitate Science learning, while reinforcing Mathematics and English/Language Arts goals, students will learn hands-on from knowledgeable teachers on a regular and consistent basis. Visit the Ethos Science Center website to learn more.*
Foldit Citizen Science for the Greater Good: Foldit Citizen Science for the Greater Good is a game designed to tackle the problem of protein folding. By knowing more about the 3D structure of proteins (or how they “fold”), we can better understand their function, and we can also get a better idea of how to combat diseases, create vaccines, and even find novel biofuels. Since its release, Foldit has gained over 460,000 players from all walks of life. In fact, the best Foldit players have little to no prior exposure to biochemistry. Most famous for their 2011 breakthrough on an HIV-like virus, we plan to show how Foldit has continued to contribute to valuable research to the present day. Their website also now includes coronavirus puzzles.*
Indiana STEM Resource Network: The I-STEM Resource Network is a partnership of Indiana's public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government. It is dedicated to measurably improving K-12 student achievement in STEM.*
Purdue Science K-12 Outreach: Purdue Science K-12 Outreach was initiated in 1989 to increase interest and achievement in science and mathematics at the pre-college level. We provide K-12 science and mathematics professional development programs for teachers, form long-term partnerships with school districts, and engage students in standards-based activities. Purdue Science K-12 Outreach coordinators act as resources and facilitators, establishing cooperative relationships with elementary and secondary schools to bring about changes in the quality of education. Our programs link the expertise of Purdue Science faculty with students, teachers, parents, schools, and school systems through collaborative interactions.*
Science Fun for Everyone: Visit Science Fun for Everyone and click on the experiment image for each experiment on this page to see the materials needed and procedure. Have fun trying these experiments at home.*
TechPoint Foundation for Youth: TechPoint Foundation for Youth is a nonprofit venture philanthropic organization with the mission to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders among Indiana's underserved youth populations.*
Twig Science: Twig Science is a complete PK through grade eight program built for three dimensional learning. It supports educators as they implement the 3-D standards by promoting student-centered learning. Twig Science’s hands-on and digital investigative lessons encourage the development of 21st century skills that enable equity for all students in STEM-related opportunities, technical careers, and college advancement. Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, designing solutions, and making connections across science disciplines provide students with real-world experience - just like working scientists and engineers*.
Mi-STAR is an integrated science middle school curriculum and teacher professional learning program designed for the Next Generation Science Standards. Mi-STAR stimulates students’ engagement through real-world unit challenges that demonstrate how science and engineering contribute innovative solutions to contemporary problems. Mi-STAR’s curriculum incorporates three-dimensional assessments and the professional learning program includes technology-enabled networking. Mi-STAR is empowering teachers to improve students’ science learning. *
The STEM Connection provides professional development to empower educators by sharing STEM content knowledge, developing STEM practices, and building confidence to provide more meaningful STEM experiences for youth. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics have an ever-increasing role in the world, and STEM experiences provide an opportunity to engage students early in their academic journeys in order to increase interest in and build positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines.*
NeuroMaker is an Artificial Intelligence and Brain/Computer Interface curriculum which allows students to learn about coding, creating, and building real prosthetic products.
- Global Space Education Foundation FREE Lesson Plans*
- Instructables FREE Premium Memberships for Teachers*
- U.S. Department of Energy FREE resources*
* not vetted by IDOE/STEMworks