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STEM Education Resources

Bayer International Science Teens Camp (2018 application deadline TBD) - Students ages 14-16 are invited to a two-week residential camp to explore: the form and function of human anatomy, bio-engineering and bio-mechanics of the human body, high-altitude physiology, cognition and treatment procedures; mountain ecology; and wilderness medicine. The camp specifically targets students from Western Pennsylvania; Northern New Jersey; Northern California; Shawnee, Kan.; Kansas City; Lubbock, Texas; and Greater Raleigh-Durham areas. The program is facilitated by XSci (Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative of the University of Colorado Boulder) with funding from Bayer USA Foundation and the Bayer Science and Education Foundation.

Making Science Make Sense® - As a science and innovation company, Bayer has a strong stake in helping to improve science education and to ensure that all individuals are scientifically literate. Bayer demonstrates this commitment with its national, presidential award-winning Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) program, a company-wide initiative which advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on, inquiry-based science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.

Career Exploration

CareerOnestop - one of three US Department of Labor career websites

iON Future - a free online game-based learning environment for middle school and early-high school young people. Players can explore the breadth and variety of STEM-based professions and match their interests with different career pathways in STEM.

Learn How to Become - A comprehensive one-stop career website. Search the twelve career categories for information on salaries and job growth, required training, knowledge and skills necessary, and related careers.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering - National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering is leading and supporting the national effort to expand US capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young adults in STEM education and careers. Topics covered include what is engineering, engineering careers and paying for college. This site has high quality engineering awareness material publications for parents, teachers and counselors.

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity - STEM Career Toolkit which contains a booklet  and four interactive career exploration activities for student engagement with lesson plans and activity worksheets for purchase 

PA Career Zone - career exploration website operated by PA Department of Education

Pennsylvania Career Guide - student-friendly guides which can be used to introduce students to a wide variety of careers. The guide includes a quick interest assessment and highlights jobs in high demand occupations while also addressing the career realities of high profile professions in sports and entertainment. Middle school and high school versions available for download. 

Start Engineering - high quality books for students in PreK through high school that highlight many exciting career options in engineering by showcasing the top 16 engineering majors.

STEM Career - for those seeking and promoting STEM careers

STEMisphere - the mission of STEMispere is to provide access to all of the exceptional STEM education opportunities available in southwestern Pennsylvania.

STEM Jobs - we want more students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Pursue your passion, find a place in STEM and have a career where you can #dowhatyoulove. - an online directory of technology and computer education and careers. Check out their directory of links categorized by elementary school, middle school, and high school levels, A parent’s guide to STEM and a “just for educators” section.

The Connectory - the Connectory is a list of STEM events, programs and activities in your community searchable by age, type of opportunity; camp, afterschool program and area of interest; technology, engineering, computer science, robotics, and digital media production.

STEM Professional Profiles and Videos

ASSET STEM Education - Career Connect Videos feature STEM professionals discussing the topics and science content students are learning in the classroom as well as STEM careers and career pathways.

Success in the New Economy - Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities.

eduTopia - a collection of short videos to ignite your imagination about what girls can do in science, technology, engineering, and math – when given opportunities and encouragement.

Exploring Careers @ NASA - Career profile videos that are just a few minutes in length.

Jason Learning - a non-profit organization that connects students, in the classroom and out, to real science and exploration to inspire and motivate them to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Nepris -  Real World Delivered to Your Classroom is a web-based platform that makes it easy for teachers to connect with industry professionals. Watch videos of STEM professionals telling students about their jobs or sign up to be matched to a STEM professional who will have a virtual Q & A session with your students. This site has 6 pages of videos of STEM speakers.

Roadtrip Nation - In Roadtrip Nation: Season 10, three soul-searching young adults take the Roadtrip of a lifetime to figure out where their lives are going. Hopping aboard Roadtrip Nation's iconic green RV, Jackie, Megan, and Zachariah travel the country to interview influential leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and learn the steps they took to get where they are today. By speaking with individuals who have found success on their own terms, the Roadtrippers are inspired to take the next steps to define their own roads in life.

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers - is an Emmy-nominated web series and site from PBS’s NOVA. This is where you can learn about cutting-edge science and engineering, the amazing people who do that work, and the things they do when their lab coats come off – win beauty pageants, wrestle professionally, become rock stars and magicians, etc.

Women @ NASA - The “Aspire 2 Inspire” video series features women who work at NASA on a variety of projects. They explain what they do on their job and share about their decision to become scientists and engineers.

Women in STEM - a White House webpage created to share the untold history of women in science and technology. Listen to women from across the Administration tell stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Job Information - Pittsburgh’s digital hub for career exploration provides real-time information about trending occupations, salaries, and more.

PA Career Coach - is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Get started by typing in your name and zip code above; then simply search for an occupation by category or keyword.

PA Work Stats - Pennsylvania’s home to a wealth of workforce and economic data, including industry and occupational data, income statistics, and career information. Data is available directly through the online database in addition to products and services developed specifically for individuals and employers.

Success in the New Economy - a 9 minute video, produced by Citrus College. A data driven explanation written by Kevin Fleming to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities.

Resources for Educators and School Counselors

Achieve - Math Works brochures explain how higher level math is used in today’s workforce. The brochures present case studies drawn from leading industries nationwide to illustrate the advanced mathematics knowledge and skills embedded in jobs that offer opportunities for advancement and are accessible to graduates with some education and training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. The industries are aerospace, civil engineering, construction, health care, information technology, manufacturing and semiconductors. The series underscores the value of a rigorous high school curriculum in mathematics. All high school graduates - regardless of whether they enroll in college, join the workforce or enter the military - benefit from acquiring a college- and career-ready foundation in mathematics. Available by download. Printed copies of the brochures are available free of charge upon request.

CollegeBoard Big Future - a college planning website with a step by step approach to help students explore their interests and conduct a college search.

CollegeBoard College Guidance - college guidance resources at your fingertips.

Computer Science Unplugged - CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around. The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

DeVry Bootcamp - Gain exposure in the field of coding and web development: this list of resources will help you learn and get started in your coding journey.

Learn Scratch - With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

PA Career Standards  - this electronic toolkit provides resources, references, crosswalks and other tools to assist elementary, middle and high schools teachers and administrators in implementing the Pennsylvania (PA) Career Education and Work Standards.

PA Department of Education Guidance Counselor resource page - this site contains the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Career Education and Work (CEW) with helpful online curriculum resources. You will also find tools for developing a comprehensive K-12 Guidance and Counseling Plan. - Register for free, enter the search term “careers” and check out the Deeper Learning Video Series, which has four short videos featuring San Diego MET High School’s internship program for high school students.

We Use Math - the most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question. This website describes the importance of mathematics and many rewarding career opportunities available to students who study mathematics.

Mentorship Opportunities

EQT's ASPIRE program - strives to guide high school junior and senior students through the fulfillment of their collegiate aspirations by inspiring them through supportive, professional mentorships with respected and qualified EQT employees and providing scholarships each year to several eligible graduates.

School 2 Career - S2C’s mission is to ensure at-risk students from Pittsburgh’s urban core have the support to graduate from high school prepared to pursue a career and post-secondary education. They accomplish this goal through collaboration with the family, the school, employers and the community. They provide one-on-one mentoring, job development and career exploration, while teaching students important virtues such as dependability, accountability and responsibility.

Techbridge - Techbridge inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering. Through hands-on learning, we empower the next generation of innovators and leaders. The Role Models Matter Online Training Toolkit will help you develop skills to engage girls and underrepresented youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) through readings, videos, questions, and more. Role models play a vital role in getting youth excited about careers in STEM.

Girls and STEM Careers

Engineer Girl - The EngineerGirl website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. The website is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). The site includes interviews, fun facts, quizzes, polls, historical engineers and much more.

The FabFems directory - is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions who are inspiring role models for young women. The FabFems directory is accessible to young women, girl-serving STEM programs, and other organizations that are working to increase career awareness and interest in STEM.

Girls of Steel - An all-girls FIRST robotics team based in Pittsburgh, PA. Click on the News tab for a peak at their latest newsletter, which is full of good links and STEM opportunities.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology - The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. This site has a Counselors for Computing (C4C) page under the Programs tab which provides up to date information and resources to advise students about computer education and careers.

The PA STEM Girls Collaborative Project - brings together organizations throughout Pennsylvania that are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).