STEM Tools

The Underrepresentation Curriculum Project
The Underrepresentation Curriculum (URC) is a free, flexible curriculum for STEM instructors to teach about injustice and change the culture of STEM. Using tools such as data analysis, hypothesis creation, and investigation, students look critically at science through the lenses of equity and inclusion. By comparing the general population to similar data describing scientists, students can explore issues of social justice in STEM. Read More

Here, advocates for high-quality after school learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) will discover the most effective ways to make the case for expanding and supporting afterschool STEM programs. Thanks to careful and extensive research performed by the FrameWorks Institute, a non-profit communications think tank, we have a solid understanding of average Americans’ perceptions about STEM learning and the out-of-school time environment, as well as reliable, tested ways of positioning afterschool STEM that can overcome any communication roadblocks.  Read More

Tool Kits
Engineering Innovation in After School Programs: Learn how to "Enrich" students with STEM Experiences. This power point was created by Marla Griego and presented at the ASTC Annual conference in Albuquerque.  View PDF

Dimensions of Success (DoS)
The Dimensions of Success observation tool, or DoS, pinpoints twelve indicators of STEM program quality in out-of-school time. It was developed and studied with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by the Program in Education, Afterschool and Resiliency (PEAR), along with partners at Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Project Liftoff. The DoS tool focuses on understanding the quality of a STEM activity in an out-of-school time learning environment and includes an explanation of each dimension and its key indicators, as well as a 4-level rubric with descriptions of increasing quality.  Download PDF

Science Education In Our Elementary and Secondary Schools
A Guide for Technical Professionals Who Want to Help - Education Outreach Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185, Livermore, CA 94551  Read More

STEM Connector
STEMconnector®, a Diversified Search company, is a consortium of companies, nonprofit associations and professional societies, STEM-related research & policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital in the United States. STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link "all things STEM" through a comprehensive website that connects national, state and local STEM entities. The STEMconnector® website contains profiles of more than 20 categories of STEM-related entities and details ‘Who is Doing What’ on over 6000 STEM-related organizations all 50 states. Read More

STEM Resource Guide for Kids
A very nice collection of links to resources for a variety of STEM-related topics, hosted by the University of Cincinnati. STEM activities can be some of the most exciting ones around. Studying science, kids can learn about explosions. Technology can help kids modify their video games to do what they want. With engineering, they can build the best tree house in the neighborhood. And mathematics can help them conquer board and card games.Kids with a healthy curiosity about the world around them who are interested in learning about STEM can get started using the resources below. Learning never looked so cool!  Hit the Links!

SACNAS (Society for Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) 
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. As a national nonprofit, SACNAS brings together individuals and organizations interested in quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research, teaching, leadership, and policy. The organization provides a variety of resources, including scholarships, internships, fellowships, leadership development, evaluation and research, and mentoring. Read More


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