SciStarter: A globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, searchable by location, topic, age level, etc., have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs and universities. SciStarter hosts an active community of close to 100,000 registered citizen scientists and also supports researchers in managing projects, including best practices for engaging participant partners.

NASA STEM: NASA STEM has developed a series of STEM products and opportunities that provide a platform for students to contribute to NASA’s endeavors in exploration and discovery. Through fun, experiential activities for students and educators, NASA STEM fulfills its mission to inspire, engage, educate and employ the next generation of explorers. 

NASA Climate Kids: Created by the Space Place team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Climate Kids tells the story of our changing planet through the eyes of NASA missions studying Earth. By using games, activities and articles that address the “Big Questions,” Climate Kids makes climate science accessible and engaging. 

National Science Foundation: The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress to “promote the progress of science.”

  • Classroom Resources: A diverse collection of lessons and resources for teachers, students and families that can be used to create lesson plans or for at-home activities. Research areas include biology, Earth and environment, engineering, people and society, and more.
  • Document Library: The NSF Document Library is a searchable database of reports, information, statistical analysis, Congressional testimony, and other scientific documents.

EPA Students: Created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to provide K-12 students and educators with homework resources, lesson plans and project ideas for learning and teaching about the environment.

NOVA: The online hub of the award-winning PBS science program, it allows students and teachers to explore by such topics as Planet Earth, Ancient Worlds, Evolution, Nature and more, and acts as an access point to the constellation of NOVA sites, including NOVA Wonder, NOVA Labs, NOVA Education and NOVA Science Studio.

Smithsonian Science Education Center: With a mission to “transform K-12 Education Through Science,” the SSEC collaborates with communities across the globe to achieve its three goals of promoting K-12 STEM teaching and learning; ensuring diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion in STEM education; and advance STEM education for sustainable development.

National Geographic Education: Where education meets exploration. With a resource library, education blog, interactive tools and more, Nat Geo Education aims to transform the learning experience for students and educators, feeding their curiosity and helping them to become the explorers of tomorrow.

National Geographic Kids: An offshoot of the popular and award-winning magazine, the Nat Geo Kids online experience offers brain boosters, homework help, tips to save the Earth, glossaries of science terms, crafts and games, the Explorer Academy and other interactive and fun resources to power learning.

Exploratorium: The online distance-learning arm of San Francisco’s famed Exploratorium, its 35,000 pages of content are filled with tools and experiences that encourage active exploration, lifelong learning and teaching, curiosity and inquiry, iteration and evidence, sustainability, inclusion and respect.

California Academy of Sciences: Take a virtual field trip with distance-learning livestreams that bring California Academy of Sciences experts, animals and collections to students via the internet. The livestreams are interactive, featuring hands-on activities or kinesthetic movement that students can do while watching.

PhET Interactive Simulations: Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, this program creates free interactive math and science simulations based on extensive education research. The simulations engage students through a game-like environment that encourages research and discovery.

Project Noah: Project Noah is a global community of people passionate about wildlife conservation and preserving biodiversity. Amateurs and professionals create and share multimedia nature journals to create a “digital butterfly net for the 21st century.”

BioInteractive: An innovative program bringing the power of real science stories into thousands of life science classrooms. From data-rich activities and case studies to videos and interactive media, students are connected to big ideas in biology using evidence-based strategies.

Lawrence Hall of Science: Through interactive apps and activities, learners of all ages unlock science concepts anytime and anywhere. All apps and activities are hands-on and designed to foster dynamic learning with the end goal of transforming the world of STEM. 

Zooniverse: The world’s largest and most popular platform for volunteer-driven, people-powered research. Where more than a million people have come together to enable research that would not be possible or practical otherwise. Anyone can volunteer for a project and contribute data that often leads to use in published research papers.

Encyclopedia of Life: They work with open-access biodiversity knowledge providers, including museums and libraries, universities and research centers, individual scientists, graduate students and citizen science communities, and a suite of international open data hubs with the goal of creating a shareable, open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

Biodiversity Heritage Library: A searchable database geared toward improving research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community. Search across books and journals, scientific names, authors and subjects.

Nevada STEM Resources

Science Alive: Provides inquiry-based STEM curriculum via a variety of resources in service of a mission to support pre-K educators in science-based environmental education so that all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to live, work and contribute to their Nevada communities.

Pathways to STEM Nevada: A tool to help users to assess if STEM is for them and connect them to a variety of resources, including the Nevada STEM Hub, Career Path Nevada, the Nevada STEM Mentor Network, as well as access to current government, higher education, STEM industry and nonprofit career opportunities.

Nevada Science Center: A nonprofit institution dedicated to delivering science education and learning opportunities to the public by integrating active research with engaging educational programs. Transcends geographic locale and economic circumstances to develop a community that is connected to science, technology and the natural world.

Get Outdoors Nevada: Offers a wide range of nature and science education programs designed to connect diverse audiences to the benefits of the outdoors. Programs include native habitat builds, classroom learning, school assemblies, teacher trainings, guided field trips, microgrant funding and outreach.

National Atomic Testing Museum: A national science, history and educational institution that tells the story of America’s nuclear weapons testing program at the Nevada Test Site. Provides educational opportunities via school field trips, resources for parents and teachers, research, volunteer opportunities, and their “Diversity in STEM” podcast.