With school closures, we know that many parents and educators are looking for good online e-learning resources and engaging STEM activities. ROI’s team includes educators and teachers with specialization in STEM lesson plans and curricula. We want to help you find these materials easier. We’re collecting and curating K-12 STEM education materials and career awareness info that you can directly access from our website. We will continue to add to this web page in the coming weeks. If you have a recommendation, let us know!
ROI’s When I Grow Up, I Want to Be … Video Series
It’s never too early to explore future career possibilities! In ROI’s Job Exploration Video Series, see how four kids in the Indiana Uplands are exploring STEM activities and making connections to jobs in our region.
ROI’s Careers in the Uplands Video Series
Next door to next level, people in the Indiana Uplands are doing amazing work in STEM careers. The Uplands boasts specialization in the advanced manufacturing, life sciences, and national security industries. Check out ROI’s Careers in the Uplands Video Series to learn more about people working in the Uplands, including engineers, scientists, cybersecurity technicians, machinists and more.
South Bend Code School Summer Portal
South Bend Code School has launched a FREE Coding Portal for kids (ages 7-18)!
- • 8-weeks of FREE online coding tutorials (Minecraft, augmented reality, machine learning, and more)
- New video tutorials added weekly
- 10-min step-by-step instruction from instructors
- No prior experience needed!
Home Safari by Cincinnati Zoo
Home Safari hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden are 30-minute sessions with a live chat where zookeepers answer questions and present a home activity for you to work on after you view the Safari session.
Science Snacks by Exploratorium
Science Snacks are hands-on, teacher-tested, science activities using cheap, available materials with things around the house. Science Snacks are made possible by the Exploratorium, a San Francisco public learning laboratory exploring the world through science, art, and human perception.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Children’s book publisher Scholastic has launched Learn at Home, a website offering daily enrichment projects for kids stuck at home, sorted by grade level (Pre-K-Grade 9).
The projects can be done independently and are cleverly designed attention traps: An article about the Loch Ness monster lures kids in with the promise of monsters before tricking them into learning about DNA and the scientific method. Finished with your daily learning journey? There is a daily reading quest to help you reflect on your learning.
TED-Ed lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. Each video is less than 6 minutes long. Explore the genius of Marie Curie, learn how tsunamis work, and why sloths are slow. Students can also dig deeper on subjects with quizzes, discussions and additional resource materials.
Scratch Online Coding
Scratch, an online coding program created at MIT, enables students to create their own interactive stories, games and animations online using block-based coding language. Take the learning one step further by joining the online community to share projects and see what others have created. Have younger students at home? ScratchJr is a free app that makes coding more accessible for students ages 5-7.
WonderLab Virtual Programs
Bloomington-based WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology is now offering 12 recurring weekly virtual programs. Events take place twice daily, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. On Sunday, WonderLab will host STEM Sunday at 3 p.m. Each program will be conducted via Zoom Live. More information available at www.wonderlab.org.
California Academy of Sciences
The California Academy of Sciences has an eclectic array of science-centric games, videos, and DIY projects to help you stay learning and engaged, wherever you are. This museum site has also a variety of video collections for ages K-12 on topics ranging from Penguins to Asteroids to Creatures of the Sea!
Time Magazine for Kids
TIME for Kids is a weekly magazine for elementary school students. Articles are age-appropriate with four editions for students K-6. Turnkey teaching tools, with worksheets and quizzes for families or teachers, are also available at timeforkids.com.
STEM at Home Bingo Board
Erik Murray, a middle school STEM teacher and a graduate of Tufts University Teacher Engineering Education Program, has created the STEM at Home Bingo Board that encourages upper elementary and middle school students to engineer, think, and continue to challenge themselves while learning at home. This resource provides engaging design challenges that can be done with whatever materials you have at home!
Hello Ruby is a whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. It started with a book, and now Ruby continues her adventures in exercises, activities and videos. Hello Ruby is suited for kids age 5 years and older (but even adults might learn something new). For teachers and parents, check out author Linda Liukas’ 6-minute TED talk on Crawling into a Computer.
Tinkergarten At Home
Tinkergarten is providing free DIY activities and play-based ideas to get young children outdoors and exploring the world around them. Tinkergarten At Home activities are designed for children ages 0-8. Take a Listening Walk to immerse kids in the sounds all around us in nature. Repurpose an orange to use as a bird feeder. Collect nature treasures to design a nature display with objects like sticks, see pods, flowers and fungi.
PBS Design Squad
Students explore the world of science and engineering with this collection from PBS Kids Design Squad, targeted to middle-school aged students. Kids can share their engineering ideas and sketches with other kids, play games, and take on global challenges, such as inventing a way to use less water. Fun videos feature kid engineers and hosts/role models Deysi Melgar (“future aerospace engineer and professional salsa dancer”) and Nate Ball (“engineer, pole vaulter, and beat boxer”), who draw on their experiences to dispel stereotypes and inspire kids to explore engineering.
NASA STEM at Home
Let NASA bring the universe to your home. Imagine you’re an astronaut, launch rockets, build a Moon Habitat, solve spacey puzzles and more! NASA’s science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for kids, adults and the whole family. NASA STEM@HOME has materials and activities for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12.
Children’s Museum at Home
Educators and science experts from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis are coming together to bring you fun activities, including Facebook Live events, at-home science experiments, story time videos, behind-the-scenes tours, and morning greetings from museum mascot, Rex, the dinosaur!
PBS LearningMedia has thousands of free teaching resources, videos, lessons plans, and games aligned to state and national standards. Educators can search by topic, grade or standard. Students have customized views to find videos and activities that support learning at home. You can also create free accounts to save and organize content! Be sure to check out the curated science collections.
Code.org Code Break
Code.org has launched Code Break, a global, live-interactive classroom, for students of all ages, with and without computers. Code Break offers a weekly dose of education, community, and computer science with special guests like Mark Cuban, Ashton Kutcher and Bill Gates. Check out all of the Code.org resources for students at home.
Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Kids of all ages can make songs or explore rhythm, chords, sound waves, melodies, harmonics, and much more.
While you’re at home, National Geographic has resources so you can continue learning about the world. NatGeo@Home includes lessons for teachers, hands-on activities, games, quizzes, videos, tips for parents, and a curated collection of content for grades K-12. The resources available are organized by grade and come with lessons on social studies, geography, science, and more.
Your Local Library
Did you know that a majority of local libraries in the Indiana Uplands have expanded services to benefit communities? Take advantage of free WiFi hotspots, new e-book & audiobook programs, larger streaming media collections, new magazines and newspaper access, virtual story times, and much more!
Don’t have a library card yet? See if you can get one online. Many libraries grant digital library cards. Locate your local libraries: https://www.in.gov/library/pldirectory.htm