Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Resources for Middle/High School Science

Aerospace Engineering

Bring engineering design and aerospace engineering to life for middle- and high-school students with digital media resources from the Aerospace Engineering collection on PBS LearningMedia™. These resources allow you to support the middle and high school Engineering Design core ideas and practices of the Next Generation Science Standards and related state standards. Besides engineering design, topics such as physical science, technology & society and career explorations are also covered by these resources, and everything is supported with teaching tips, background essays, and other materials.

Asian Longhorned Beetle
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed an educators’ guide that meets all core curriculum standards to help elementary, middle and high school understand and prevent the spread of a devastating invasive pest, the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). “Beetlebusters: An Educators Guide to Stopping the Asian Longhorned Beetle” offers lesson plans aimed at guiding students to become good stewards of the earth. The materials are located at http://asianlonghornedbeetle.com/educate-kids/ It takes approximately 10 minutes to check your trees for signs of the ALB. The educator’s guide is an effective tool in helping kids protect the trees in their communities. The public has played a significant role in helping USDA in spotting the signs of the ALB, and now kids can learn about this invasive pest while helping to save trees. The Asian longhorned beetle has led to the loss of nearly 130,000 trees combined in Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Ohio. Up to 70 percent of the U.S. tree canopy is at risk of being lost to this pest, as all states have trees the beetle can attack and complete its life-cycle in. If ALB were to become established in the United States, it could have a severe impact on the timber, maple syrup, tree nursery, and tourism industries, as well as the environment. In addition, public spaces, yards, and neighborhoods would take decades to recover.

Biology Corner

This site has great resources for teaching biology including: lessons, quizzes, labs, webquests, and information.

CK-12

CK-12 has content searchable by topic or by NGSS standard. This resource also includes Math materials. Users can create their own Tech Book to use with classes. Everything is free. 


Dr. Jeff's Blog on the Universe

This blog is for anyone who gets joy from learning and aspires to know. To visit this space, you just need to be open to the possibility that science, the majesty of the universe, and the nature of our home worldundefinedEarthundefinedcan be presented in an exciting new light. Blog on the Universe was originally designed to help teachers of science and mathundefinedand parentsundefinedmake science an adventure. But its broader appeal is obvious. If you’re humanundefinedand you’re willing to connect with the innate curiosity within youundefinedthis blog’s for you.


EcoLibrary

Excellent photographs accompanied by detailed and scientifically accurate descriptions, 360° interactive panoramas from deserts to tropical rainforests around the world, thematically linked groups of images for K-12 teachers (such as /Mimicry and Camouflage /or /Ecosystems and Biomes/), and cross-links among items. Every image in our database leads to related images. Free use of all EcoLibrary materials, if used for non-commercial, educational purposes.
Extreme Event 

Want to give your students a taste of what it takes to build resilience in the face of disaster?  

Extreme Event challenges players to work together and solve problems during a fast-paced disaster simulation. This award-winning game builds key skills including critical thinking, coalition-building, prioritizing resources and adapting to change. Materials include a discussion guide and post-game handout to reinforce key concepts.

Now available in three scenarios: Flood, Hurricane, and Earthquake! Suitable for 8th grade through college level. 


Forest Watch

An inquiry-based program for science studies in grades 4-12.  Working with University of New Hampshire scientists, students and teachers monitor white pines for tropospheric ozone and sugar maples for climate change.  Botany, biochemistry, the physics of light combine in Forest Watch with biometric, spectral, remote sensing and qualitative measures of forest health in the school yard. The Forest Watch web site offers information, student projects, power points and workshops at  www.forestwatch.sr.unh.edu. Register for summer workshops in Durham or Keene, NH, St. Johnsbury, VT, and Bath, ME ($600, 2.4 CEUs).

Free PowerPoint Presentations

A good source for various science power points along with a variety of other resources.


Freestuff with Science Inquirer

This site is an open wiki that allows teachers to post free resources to share. It is all teacher-generated. It includes: podcasts, posters, listserves, foldables, coloring books, kits, videos, lessons, labs, demonstrations, books, newsletters, magazines, computer stuff, etc. There are a lot of content up there to share. 

Global Systems Science Free Student Texts   
    
GSS is an interdisciplinary, integrated course for high school students, created by the Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley. The course emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.
 
The instructional materials for Global Systems Science consist of Student Books and Teacher's Guides. GSS involves students actively in learning. They perform investigations and experiments in the classroom and at home. They read and discuss historical background materials. They "meet" a selection of scientists, both men and women, from a variety of ethnic and educational backgrounds. They consider the economic, political, and ethical issues associated with each problem area.
 
In GSS, the "big ideas" of science are stressed, such as the concept of an interacting system, the coevolution of the atmosphere and life, the goal of a sustainable world, and the important role that individuals play in both impacting and protecting our vulnerable global environment.


Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology Program

In the Harvard Forest Schoolyard LTER program, teachers learn about and initiate ecology research in their classrooms and schoolyards. Students learn to collect data on important long-term ecological issues and processes. Student data are then shared on the Harvard Forest website. Research Projects. Students participate in authentic, field-based research projects that address important, current environmental issues. Professional Development Workshops and Online Resources. Teachers are given direct access to Harvard Forest ecologists. Schoolyard LTER Database. Download and graph data online. Participating schools can also log-in to submit new data. Contact Pamela Snow at psnow@fas.harvard.edu for more information.

Horizontal Transfer and Bozeman Science Videos

Paul Andersen, the creator of the Bozeman Science videos, is recording a weekly podcast with fellow science teacher David Knuffke called Horizontal Transfer. Each episode contains listener feedback, teacher hacks and a relevant topic. Topics so far have included grades, “bad teachers”, jargon, and the public distrust of science. Learn more and subscribe to the podcast at horizontaltransfer.com.

Interactive Learning And Collaboration Environment

Adding technology to the classroom has failed to fundamentally change the way students and teachers interact. InterLACE is designed to support a reinvention of classroom culture, putting student ideas at the center of discussion and expecting collaboration. InterLACE quickly and easily captures and shares student work, transforming classrooms from lectures based on “what the teacher knows” to interactive discussions based on “what students think.” Co-designed with high school science teachers as part of an NSF grant, InterLACE has been incorporated into classrooms throughout New England to support active learning pedagogies. Digitally scaffold your activities, use the technology you have more effectively, and engage students with their peers ideas.

Into the Outdoors

Into the Outdoors is an educational website that offers free science videos and companion lesson activities for expanded learning in classrooms. It is an online version of the television series. Teachers can select a category and find a lesson guide for multiple levels. The goal is to inspire the next generation to think for themselves about nature, the environment, and their role as future stewards of their world. 

Junior Duck Stamp 
Connecting Children with Nature Through Science and Art 
The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic arts and science curriculum designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in K-12. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students to visually communicate what they have learned by creating an entry to the state’s Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Curriculum for students, educators, home school and non-formal groups is designed to spark youth interest in habitat conservation through science, art, math and technology. Curriculum & registration information may be downloaded at www.fws.gov/juniorduck.   

Koshland Science Museum

The mission of the Koshland Science Museum website is to engage the public in current scientific issues impacting our lives. The Infectious Disease online exhibit has information on emerging diseases, disease prevention and treatment. Visitors get an in-depth view of the viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites that surround us, the deadly diseases they can cause, and the scientific challenges involved in targeting them. See http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/exhib_infectious/ The Antiretroviral video explores the HIV life cycle and the points in the life cycle that can be affected by antiretroviral drugs. See http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/exhib_infectious/hiv_antivirals_01.jsp. The Global Warming and Climate Change online exhibit contains current facts about climate change, including potential causes and the possible future effects of global warming. Visitors discover what these changes will likely mean and learn what actions could reduce the negative effects of global warming. See http://www.koshland-science-museum.org/exhibitgcc


Laboratory Safety Institute 

The Laboratory Safety Institute offers courses and many resources about science laboratory safety for all levels. 

Learnerator

Learnerator is dedicated to helping students achieve better scores on AP exams like Environmental Science and Biology.  There are thousands of FREE access questions and more are being added every day.  For a fee, there is also an upgrade available. This can be used as a study tool for homework too since the subjects are divided into specific topics.

Life Science Teaching Resource Community

The Life Science Teaching Resource Community is an online community for life science educators at all levels. The community and educational resources found on this site are free and open to educators worldwide, although free registration may be required to participate in some community activities, such as posting comments. Registration information is never bought or sold.  

LinkEngineering
The National Academy of Engineering has launched LinkEngineering, a new website to support implementation of preK–12 engineering education in the United States. LinkEngineering aims to provide high-quality resources and build a professional community for three groups: educators working in preK–12 classrooms and out of school settings; those engaged in preservice teacher education and professional development; and school, district, and state administrators.


Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc.

MSSEF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that was founded in 1949 by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a small group of spirited science educators. For more than six decades, MSSEF programs have advanced science literacy and inspired new generations of science and engineering leaders. Nearly 29,000 students have participated in Massachusetts statewide fairs, and many thousands more have been part of the state fair pipeline: regional and school-based fairs across the Commonwealth.


Middle School Science

This site has middle school science lesson plans for chemistry, earth science, life science, and physics.

The Mystery of Matter
Last summer PBS broadcast a series called The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements. The three-hour NSF-funded series, which tells the amazing human story behind the Periodic Table, was praised by the press and warmly received by chemistry teachers. After the premiere of The Mystery of Matter, we continued working on the project, using extra grant money we had raised to create an ambitious collection of educational materials for teachers. They include a Teacher’s Guide aligned with the latest science teaching standards, 60 short clips lifted from the series, and 32 short videos, mostly on topics of interest to chemistry teachers. These resources – all free – live at our website. When you get to the site, click on "For Teachers" in the top menu bar.

Nancy's Brain Talks
I’m a professor at MIT who uses a brain imaging method called fMRI to study the human brain. This site contains short talks on the different scientific methods we can use to study the human mind and brain, and some of the cool things we have learned so far. You do not need any background in the field to understand the talks. 

Nanotechnology: Super Small Science
NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation have released a series of short videos about nanotechnology, or the study of objects that are measured in billionths of meters. The half dozen "Nanotechnology: Super Small Science" videos are about five minutes each and available for free on the NBC Learn and NSF websites. One video features researchers discussing the nanotechnology used in smartphones. Another discusses nanoscale coatings and layers that can make surfaces water- and dirt-resistant and protect steel bridges. 

National Center for Science Education 
The Scientists in the Classroom program is a platform for teachers and scientists to collaborate across the country! NCSE has over 30 years of experience supporting the teaching of science in public schools, with a particular focus on climate change and evolution. We believe that teachers should not be alone in this educational endeavor; scientists can and should play a role in connecting students to evolution and climate change science, as well as support teachers when challenges arise around these topics. Scientists in the Classroom is a great opportunity to connect students with real-life early career scientists, as well as for teachers to have an expert on board when teaching evolution and climate change! With this program, teachers and scientists collaborate as colleagues, peers, and partners in the scientific enterprise to further science education. So how exactly does it work? First off, teachers apply for the program here. Then, we'll work to find a scientist in the area who matches the interests and needs of the class. Once a match is made, we'll connect the teachers with a local scientist and provide guidance throughout the semester-long program to plan and carry out two in-class visits. For more information on Scientists in the Classroom, visit NCSEteach.com, or email Kate Heffernan, the Scientists in the Classroom intern at Heffernan@ncse.com.  


National Inquirer

The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal! Scientists report their research in journals, which enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, The Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service. Find out more about the USDA Forest Service.


NEED Project

The National Energy Education Development Program is a non for profit organization which is a great resource for K- 12 educators.  The NEED Project’s mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society. NEED is the nation’s leading provider of energy education programs and materials to schools. All NEED learning activities are correlated to state education standards.NGSS Videos

The Office of STEM is excited to announce that four NGSS videos are now available online through the Teaching Channel. Achieve and Teaching Channel collaborated to produce videos that present an overview of key innovations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a deeper dive into each of the NGSS' three dimensions. The videos are intended to help educators and community members become familiar with the three dimensions of the NGSS and how they will benefit students. For more information, check out this blog post written by NGSS Writing Team Leader Brett Moulding.

The four video topics are:
Next Generation Science Standards: A Vision for K-12 Science Education
Crosscutting Concepts
Science and Engineering Practices
Disciplinary Core Ideas

The North American Conservation Education Strategy (CE Strategy)
An array of tools developed by state fish and wildlife agencies support conservation educators who offer fish & wildlife based programs that guide students in grades K-12 on their way to becoming involved, responsible, conservation minded citizens. The CE Strategy delivers unified, research-based Core Concepts and messages about fish and wildlife conservation, translated into K-12 academic standards to shape students’ environmental literacy, stewardship and outdoor skills. Resources included in the tool kit include: landscape investigation, schoolyard biodiversity, field investigation, fostering outdoor observation skills, applying systems thinking, and much more. Download resources at www.fishwildlife.org (focus area, conservation education) or www.masswildlife.org. 


NSTA Resources on NGSS

The NSTA offers short courses, forums, and a lot more to members on NGSS.


Online Science Fair


This is much more than a simple competition: it offers students the ability to upload, share, and store their projects for years to come. The integrated social media functionality encourages students to share their work with peers, family, and even future college admissions boards, highlighting their scientific prowess and building pride in their work. This is a free science learning platform that encourages hands-on, self-guided or group learning among students in OST programs and in the classroom.

Outreach Labs at Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater State University has two outreach labs, CityLab and the Watershed Access Lab. CityLab offers 3 modules, The Mystery of the Crooked Cell, Crucial Concentration, and Lab Larceny and Watershed has one, Does this Parking Lot Look Green to You. There is no cost associated with participation in either program but you would be responsible for transportation to and from BSU (as well as the students must bring their own lunch). Each program runs for about 4-4.5 hours. CityLab is able to accommodate about 24 students per day and Watershed about 20. Click here to visit the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) website with more information about each program. 


PBS Learning Media
This site offers access to thousands of digital resources including video, audio, documents, lesson plans and much more! The content is aligned to national and state standards. You can save, download, and share resources and discover local content. The site also includes access to storyboard, quiz maker, and lesson builder tools. Participants can also take advantage of exclusive events, sweepstakes, and giveaways. Resources are available for K-12. 

Personal Genetics Education Project 

Based in a genetics laboratory at Harvard Medical School, our mission is to engage and educate students on the ethical, legal and social issues that are rapidly emerging as learning about our DNA becomes a widespread and inexpensive possibility.

Plotly: Educational graphing and analytics. Free, world-class, online.

Your students can use the same data visualization, sharing and data analysis tools as researchers at NASA, Google, Wired Magazine and the Washington Post. Plotly is free for public sharing, entirely online, and collaborative. Plotly is:
- Collaborative Graph, analyze, and stream data together with your students.
- Cloud-based No downloads or installations. It’s all online.
- Flexible Works with Excel, Dropbox, Google Drive, and any data or file type.
- Comprehensive 2D, 3D, and streaming graphs, plus stats, fits, and functions.
- Training and support for teachers and students.
Learn more about our product and Plotly for education. It’s all about the graphs!

Project WILD and Aquatic WILD
A wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. From the tiny minnow to the majestic grizzly, wildlife and humans are integrally connected. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment. This results in the making of informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment. Linking K-12 students to aquatic wildlife & habitats through Aquatic WILD. Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today’s arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. The emphasis of Aquatic WILD is on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology with activities that cover issues in urban water quality, water as a shared resource, the accessibility of water as a habitat component, and field investigation. What’s new to the 2013 edition of Aquatic WILD? Field investigation activities, In Step with STEM activity extensions, ‘Working for Wildlife’, Wild Work Careers, Fish Conservation and Angling, and new reference information.www.projectwild.org 


Purdue zipTrips™

Electronic field trips for middle school science classes
This program is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and gives an inside look at cutting –edge scientific research and science careers.  Students have the chance to interact with the scientists by e-mailing in questions during the LIVE broadcast.RE-SEED

Retirees Enhancing Science Education through Experiments and Demonstrations
Since 1991 the RE-SEED program at Northeastern University has trained over 750 retired scientists and engineers in fourteen states to assist K-12 science teachers in the classroom. Today there are over sixty volunteers assisting science teachers in the greater Boston area. After taking part in a comprehensive training program, participants are asked to assist in science classrooms one day a week for one school year (there is no obligation to continue and volunteers may select their assignment). Most volunteers serve over three years (the retention rate is seventy percent), and are very satisfied with the experience (see survey results for details). Click here for more information about becoming a volunteer or having volunteers come to your school. 


Sail the Book

Sail the book is a fun, multidisciplinary way to engage high school students in reading primary source books about the sea.  It uses Google Earth chapter tours and activities to explore science, history and geography.  I developed the material for a marine science course but it can also be used to meet Common Core standards.  Currently, I am working on SOUTH! by Ernest Shackleton in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his attempt to reach the South Pole.  Feel free to use, share and give feed back on the material.

The Science Spot

This website has a little of everything: trivia, puzzles, lessons and activities, project ideas for a classroom or club, etc.

SciLinks

This is a resource page supported by NSTA. You can search by topic or textbook to find many lessons, labs, activities, and other resources. The search locates resources for teachers to use and for students. 

Space Weather Software

This is an educational product produced by NASA's MMS and IMAGE programs with support from the NSF Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling and ESA Cluster Mission. It contains an educational Space Weather application from Space Update, Inc. that displays movies and images of the aurora and of the Sun in various wavelengths from the ground and from orbiting NASA spacecraft; a tutorial about what space weather is and how the aurora is formed; and much more! You'll also find real-time space weather conditions from current satellite missions and can download the latest data from our servers without leaving the application. A TicTacToe game is also included that tests space weather knowledge. It brings you many other Space Weather resources, programs, sounds, and games for use at home or school, and there are several educational websites included for offline viewing. In addition there is an exhaustive list of links to a variety of space weather resources available online. It also includes material in Spanish, including the Space Weather module and other resources.

STEM Smart

Between 2011 and 2014, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), a non-profit research and development organization in MA, received funding from the National Science Foundation for a series of eight national and regional meetings for educational stakeholders across sectors. This series, which became known as STEM Smart, initially focused on communicating and disseminating the findings of the report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, generated through work of the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Science Education and the Board on Testing and Assessment Steering Committee. Postings from these meetings are available at www.successfulstemeducation.org.

Easy-to-read briefs, bringing together research and practice of interest to educators, policy-makers, funders, and STEM thought leaders, accompanied the meetings. Topics included: connecting informal and formal STEM education; preparing and supporting STEM educators; college and career readiness; specialized STEM secondary schools; increasing STEM achievement; engineering; early education (prek-3); and CTE pathways/middle-skills education.


The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ Series

PRI is proud to offer a growing series of Teacher-Friendly Guides™ to Earth systems science. Written for educators as content resources and curriculum supplements, the Teacher-Friendly Guides™ are designed to facilitate inquiry-based education by providing educators with the background necessary to introduce scientific topics using familiar organisms and landscapes.

Through my Window


Through my Window is a free engineering curriculum for grades 4-8 developed by Smith College and Springfield Technical Community College and funded by the National Science Foundation.  Through My Window integrates STEM and literacy and consists of three flexible components:

  • young adult STEM mystery novel Talk to Me
  • interactive online learning adventures (modules) about engineering topics
  • teachers’ curriculum guide
We are accepting applications from formal and informal programs interested in implementing this spring, summer or fall.  Programs selected through this process will receive a $500 stipend in addition to free educator support, including free customized lesson plans and professional development offerings as they implement.  Application is quick and easy at goo.gl/forms/LcFmambLBHpk8Lmi2.
Time Engineers

Time Engineers from Software-kids has a free catapult module for students.


Understanding the Cosmos: A New Science-Related Teacher Resource from the Library of Congress

Teachers and students can  explore these models and the astronomers who created them. More than a dozen drawings, illustrations, and heavenly atlases from across the centuries invite students to zoom in on and examine details. Historical background and teaching ideas support teachers as they guide students in speculating about these documents creators, the ideas they developed, and methods and principles that even today are common to scientists across disciplines. Teachers guides can be found at: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/understanding-the-cosmos/?loclr=blogtea Contact Rich Cairn, Director, Collaborative for Educational Services Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program if you are interested in setting up free professional development on this resource. rcairn@collaborative.org

 


Webelements

This site has great information about the periodic table and all of the elements.

What a Year!

The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research publishes a monthly article with information on a new discovery or breakthrough. There are resources for teachers to use in their classroom with middle and high school students. This resource helps with science in the news and making connections between science and society.   


Year of the Solar System Math Guide

The Year of the Solar System Math Guide was created by SpaceMath@NASA to support the 20 science content themes covered within the Year of the Solar System. It is a 170 page book featuring 164 problems that support the Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
 

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