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 Job Exploration 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.
These 30-minute sessions also include a live chat where zookeepers answer your questions and present a home activity for you to work on when the safari has ended. Missed the live event? View them later on the zoo’s website.
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.
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.
Mo Willems, the creator of numerous children books including The Pigeon series, Knuffle Bunny, and Elephant & Piggie, invites you into his studio every day for Lunch Doodles. New episodes posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.
Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. If you post your art to social media, be sure to hashtag it with #MoLunchDoodles!
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, 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.
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.
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 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.