Afterschool Exchange
Browse through these fun, discipline-specific activities that were developed by Thirteen/WNET New York especially for afterschool educators.

Over 20,000 searchable brain teasers, riddles, logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles.  Read More

Curious George PBS Kids
Just like George, children are curious about the world and how things work. Do these simple activities and have fun making discoveries together. Read More

The museum of science, art and human perception. List of activities on a variety of topics. Read More

Graphing Puppies
What better way to make math fun that by adding puppies! This math activity from the American Kennel Club uses puppy growth as a way to introduce math and data analysis concepts to 6-8 grade students  Read more
1576 searchable science and math activities. Read More

INTEL Resources

Designing Effective Projects: Project-Based Units to Engage Students
This website will allow you to sort by subject (Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies and Interdisciplinary) or by grade level (K-12). Project-based learning unit plans - Read More

Design and Discovery
An academic enrichment curriculum that engages students in hands-on engineering and design activities that enhance knowledge, and problem solving skill in the areas of science and engineering. Design and Discovery is most appropriate for informal education settings with extended blocks of time for hands-on activities. Read More

STEM Unit Plans
Explore technology rich units that use project-based approaches to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Curriculum. Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges. A solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and problem solving are crucial for their success. Read More

Intel® Education thinking tools are based on research that demonstrates the value of visual representation in constructing and retaining new information. Teachers create online workspaces for students to engage in robust discussions, analyze complex information, pursue investigations, and solve problems. Read More

Direct tool links: Each tool page includes ‘Overview,’ ‘Try The Tool,’ ‘Project Examples’ (includes unit plans & project Ideas).

Visual Ranking Tool: Analyzing and Evaluating Information - Read More

Seeing Reason Tool: Mindful Mapping of Cause and Effect - Read More

Showing Evidence Tool: Analyzing and Evaluating Information - Read More

Kids Activities
Free activities for child care and afterschool professionals. This website if filled with many great ideas when you have the time to explore but until then here are a few direct links. Read More  Goop & Slime recipes

Math Circles Collaborative of New Mexico
To quote from the National Association of Math Circles site: Math Circles bring K-12 students or K-12 mathematics teachers together with mathematically sophisticated leaders in an informal setting, after school or on weekends, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The Circles combine significant content with a setting that encourages a sense of discovery and excitement about mathematics through problem solving and interactive exploration. Ideal problems are low-threshold, high-ceiling; they offer a variety of entry points and can be approached with minimal mathematical background, but lead to deep mathematical concepts and can be connected to advanced mathematics.

Math Circle Activities

Mind Research Institute
Pre-K and Kindergarten Math Activities for Families: Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, these early childhood years, are a crucial time in development of cognitive functions. This includes foundational math knowledge and attitudes toward math, but also reading and general academic success. Article and activities

NASA Science & Learning Activities for Afterschool
Eight Astrobiology activities for participants ages 5 to 12.  Download PDF

Science Buddies
The award-winning, non-profit Science Buddies empowers K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. Whether your goal is to find a fun science activity for your kids or win the international science fair, puts comprehensive, scientist-authored tools, tips, and techniques at your fingertips. Website

Meet the Greens
A site for kids about sustainability and green living. The site is easily navigable and includes a carbon calculator, animated episodic adventures, games, a blog, kids' mail, and regular updates. Kids will have fun AND come away with a hopeful and positive sense that their efforts to go green really can make a difference.  Visit site 

Title Pro's Tinkering Guide - DIY projects for hands-on learning
Hands-on learning is an important part of STEM education. It is one of the most popular and effective types of learning and allows you to use trial and error and to learn from mistakes or miscalculations. It closes the gap between theory and practice. Hands-on learning activities can motivate you to stay interested in learning. Some students find a traditional lecture format very boring and have a tough time staying focused on or excited about the subject when they’re just listening and taking notes. But being able to work with your hands and your mind on projects can help you connect with the subject on multiple levels. Even the students who do enjoy traditional classroom lectures can gain a new perspective from exploring material in this way.  Visit site

Top Notch Teaching
Math games to make learning math fun.  Read More

The SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is a wonderful website to explore when you have time, but here are a few direct links to get you started in a variety of science activities.

  • Investigating science through inquiry - Read More
  • Exploring science through projects and problems - Read More
  • Engaging families and communities - Read More
  • Tutoring to enhance science skills - Read More


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