The curricular materials below have been developed by ITEST projects and shared for dissemination to broader audiences through STELAR’s resource library. ITEST projects work with PreK-12 youth in a variety of STEM disciplines and settings. Additional information is included within each entry, including information about the project’s focus and audience, as well as PDFs and/or URLs to the original resource. These materials are made available for public use through the National Science Foundation’s public access policy, which encourages funded projects to share all materials generated over the course of the grant. Unless otherwise noted, these curricular materials are free to use with appropriate credit to the organization/authors.
Gender Equitable Teaching StrategiesCurricular Materials
This resource provides the toolkit to enhance pedagogical approaches for the promotion of gender equity. A number of topics on gender equity in teaching are discussed such as promoting student creativity, critical thinking, and building role models.
Style EngineersCurricular Materials
Style Engineers is a program designed for young girls who love fashion as much as we do! We think the real magic of fashion is how science, technology, engineering, and mathematicsare part of the process of fashion design. On this site, you will find a series of activities designed to explore the science and technology of fashion.
TeachEngineering Curriculum for K-12 EducatorsCurricular Materials
TeachEngineering provides free standards-aligned engineering lessons and hands-on activities for use in science, engineering, and math classrooms.
Advanced Bioinformatics: Genetic Research (Bio-ITEST)Curricular Materials
The Bio-ITEST genetic research curriculum unit explores how bioinformatics is used to perform genetic research. Specifically, the bioinformatics tools of BLAST, ORFinder, ClustalW and Cn3D are used to analyze genetic sequences. The cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (COI) gene is introduced as the “DNA barcoding” gene that allows for identification of species. Students examine DNA sequences from different animal species, investigate the relationship between protein structure and function, and explore evolutionary relationships among eukaryotic organisms. The unit concludes with an authentic
Introductory Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing (Bio-ITEST)Curricular Materials
The Bio-ITEST genetic testing curriculum explores how bioinformatics is applied to genetic testing. Specifically, the bioinformatics tools of BLAST and Cn3D are used to investigate the genetic and molecular consequences of a mutation to the Breast Cancer Susceptibility 1 (BRCA1) gene. Students are also introduced to principles-based bioethics in order to support their thoughtful consideration of the many social and ethical implications of genetic testing. Throughout the unit, students are presented with a number of career options in which the tools of bioinformatics are used. In a series of
UCAR Center for Science Education Engineering ActivitiesCurricular Materials
ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES: Investigate the ways that engineers help scientists explore and measure the atmosphere, and ways the atmosphere influences engineering designs. Includes activities in which students learn to fly UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones"). The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a consortium of universities and colleges offering degrees in the atmospheric sciences and operates the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The UCAR Center for Science Education is comprised of staff with expertise in the atmospheric and related sciences and science
Green Ninja Curricular MaterialsCurricular Materials
Green Ninja is a San Jose State educational initiative that develops engaging middle school science curriculum using research-based approaches. Adventures of the Green Ninja – a superhero – are told in a youth-oriented and humorous way, but grounded in science and data. Green Ninja videos are popular on YouTube with a current viewership of over 2 million. Green Ninja curriculum is designed from the ground up using the Next Generation Science Standards, and teacher professional development videos and workshops aim to support teachers with content knowledge and teaching practice. Members of the
Built to Learn! Shelter CurriculumCurricular Materials
BUILT TO LEARN! Redesigning Shelter: An Integrated Design Thinking/STEM Curriculum is a four-week program, in which students explore shelter-based design thinking challenges and STEM activities related to shelter. The curriculum focuses on the intersection between design thinking, STEM, and shelter. The foundation of the curriculum is an enduring understanding: students will develop the creative confidence to fail forward by building successful shelters using both STEM concepts and the empathy-driven design thinking process. David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner
Ignite! Energy CurriculumCurricular Materials
IGNITE! Redesigning Energy: An Integrated Design Thinking/STEM Curriculum is a four-week program, in which students explore energy-based design thinking challenges and STEM activities related to energy production and conservation. The curriculum is divided into three modules, each expected to last roughly one week (five two-hour periods), along with additional standalone activities at the end of the curriculum.Download curriculum document (doc) | Download supplementary presentation slides (pdf)Published 2013
This project is designed to give you a unique experience of developing robots to interact with humans in their daily lives.