STEM Resources

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STEM + Families

Family Resources to Share with Your School Community

Empower your school community to be educated in the sciences and STEM Fields.

Studies show...
  • STEM careers in the U.S. are growing twice as fast as other fields and there’s a demand for qualified STEM professionals. There is a vast array of careers in STEM, and about half of only require a two-year degree.

  • Although women make up half the population, they comprise less than 30% of the STEM workforce. Similarly, underrepresented racial and ethnic groups make up 27% of the population but comprise only 11% of the STEM workforce. This is often because of limited access to STEM education, geographic disparities and the lack of access to basic broadband services.

  • 95% of teachers believe hands-on activities are the most effective way for students to learn science, and 79% of parents say the same.

  • 32% of teachers say parent support or involvement at home would be the most helpful in increasing hands-on science learning experiences.


Facilitate Additional STEM Learning

Click to expand the categories below to discover websites providing best practices, data, and more information to help you facilitate additional STEM learning and advocate for more STEM programming.

STEM + Families Resources

Activities

Activities


Check out these STEM activities that can be done together at home!

Careers

Careers


Browse this list of websites and resources exploring STEM careers.

Events

Events


Check out these organizations with STEM events throughout the country.

Girls in STEM

Girls in STEM


View STEM resources specifically tailored for girls.

  • SciGirls Activities: Activities that correspond to episodes of the PBS show SciGirls (Ages 8-12)

  • STEM Equity Pipeline: Organization focused on increasing the participation of women and girls in STEM- related programs of study at the high school and community college level (Ages 14+) 

  • Engineering Your Life: A guide to engineering and careers for high school girls (Ages 14-18)   

  • Society of Women Engineers: College scholarship opportunities from the member organization dedicated to supporting women in engineering

Research for Parents, PTA Leaders and Educators

Research for Parents, PTA Leaders and Educators


Find information on best practices, data, and more focused on understanding and advocating for more STEM programming.

STEM by State

STEM by State

Find STEM organizations that are supporting students within your state:

Arizona
Arizona STEM Network: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Arizona (All Ages)

Colorado
Colorado STEM: Hub for connecting with STEM partners and events in Colorado (All Ages)

Connecticut
Connecticut STEM Foundation, Inc.: Active organization that supports STEM students, scholarships available (Ages 14-18)

District of Columbia
DC STEM Network: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in the District of Columbia (All Ages)

Hawaii
Women in Technology: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events centering on advancing women in STEM careers in Hawaii (All Ages)

Iowa
Iowa STEM Home: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Iowa (All Ages)

Idaho
Idaho STEM Action Center: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Idaho (All Ages)

Illinois
Northern Illinois University STEM Outreach: Weekend and summer programs for children and adults (All Ages)

Massachusetts
STEM Nexus: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Massachusetts (All Ages)
Massachusetts STEM Summit: Annual event that celebrates STEM in Massachusetts (All Ages)

Maine
Maine STEM Resource Bank: Maine STEM Resource Bank: A collection of STEM partner resources and events in Maine (All Ages)

Michigan
Michigan STEM Partnership: Hub for connecting to STEM partners, events and research in Michigan (All Ages)

Montana
Montana Afterschool Alliance: Hub for connecting to STEM organizations in Montana (All Ages)

Mississippi
STEM Education in Mississippi: Connects parents to STEM programs, events and college information in Mississippi (All Ages)

North Carolina
North Carolina STEM Center: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in North Carolina (All Ages)

North Dakota
North Dakota STEM: Hub for connecting to STEM organizations in North Dakota (All Ages)

New Hampshire
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): STEM education in New Hampshire, a hub for connecting to STEM organizations in New Hampshire  (All Ages)

New Mexico
STEM Ecosystems: Network of STEM organizations and programs in New Mexico (All Ages)
New Mexico Out of School Time Network: Hub for connecting to STEM programs and resources in New Mexico (All Ages)

Ohio
Ohio STEM Learning Network: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Ohio (All Ages)

Puerto Rico
Ciencia Puerto Rico: Connecting to STEM Careers in Puerto Rico (All Ages)

Rhode Island
Rhode Island STEAM Center: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Rhode Island (All Ages)

South Carolina
iMagine UpState: Annual STEM festival in South Carolina (All Ages)

South Dakota
South Dakota Afterschool Network: Hub for connecting to STEM resources in South Dakota (All Ages)

Tennessee
STEM Spark: Hub for connecting with STEM partners and events in Tennessee (All Ages) 

Utah
STEM Action Center Utah: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Utah (All Ages)

Virginia
STEM Excel: Northern Virginia STEM Summer Camps and Enrichment Centers  (All Ages)

Vermont
University of Vermont STEM Collaborative: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Vermont (All Ages)

Washington
Washington STEM: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Washington (All Ages)

Wisconsin
STEM Wisconsin: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Wisconsin (All Ages)

Wyoming
University of Wyoming: Hub for connecting to STEM partners and events in Wyoming (All Ages)