STEM

The STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and encompasses a vast array of subjects that fall into each of those terms. While it is almost impossible to list every discipline, some common STEM areas include aerospace engineering, astrophysics, astronomy, biochemistry, biomechanics, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, mathematical biology, nanotechnology, neuro-biology, nuclear physics, physics, and robotics, among many, many others. As evidenced by the multitude of disciplines, it’s clear that STEM fields affect virtually every component of our everyday lives.

Around the world, STEM is of the utmost importance because of the role these subjects play at multiple levels of society, and the tremendous impact they have. Our country’s entire economy revolves around mathematics: accounting, economics, functions and logarithms, and calculus. The architecture industry is centred on math, as is urban development and city planning. Medical research is fuelled by the study of chemistry and biology, and environmental efforts like sustainable energy and nuclear power are also steeped in the sciences. It’s impossible to find a part of society that does not, in some way, interact with these subjects, and since so many of these industries are coordinated by or connected to our government at some level, it’s safe to say that the very governing of our country depends on them. STEM is essential to our education.

 

Free Resources:

Robotics

LEGO  Education – If you have any LEGO MINDSTORMS or Education EV3 product then you need to download this software. Includes teacher resources, a documentation tool, data logging, building instructions and tutorials.

 

Science & Health

Cape Town Science Centre – Contact CTSC to be part of the Science Homeschool Programme which is based on iGCSE Cambridge Syllabus 2017 

Geology.com – Information about geology and earth science to visitors without charge: Articles, News, Maps, Satellite Images, Dictionary, etc.

How Stuff Works? – More scientific lessons and explanations than you could sort through in an entire year.

Khan Academy – You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every subject and level. Always free.

LearningScience.org – A free open learning community for sharing newer and emerging tools to teach science.

Maths & Science – Courses, tests and learning materials about mathematics and science for students from 1 to 12 grade.

MobyMax – MobyMax enables students to learn twice as fast with award-winning Personalized Learning, Pinpoint Assessments, and Interactive Classroom.

Mr Nussbaum – Featuring over 3,500 content pages, MrNussbaum.com is one of the most popular destinations on the internet for parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and students.

PHET Interactive Simulations – PhET simulations provide fun, interactive research-based simulations for use in K-12 and college STEM education. To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulations, sliders and radio …

Science Fusion – STEM Fair Planning Guide, experiments, Free eBooks, Digital Lessons & Quizzes – K-5

Scitable – A free science library and personal learning tool that currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation and the rich complexity of living organisms.

Shodor – A non-profit research and education organisation dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically through the use of modelling and simulation technologies. Included in this site are instructional resources, software, interactive lessons, explorations and information about workshops for students, teachers and learners of all ages on mathematics and science. Make sure you check Shodor Interactive – a great collection of interactive math, geometry, fractal, probability, algebra and statistics activities.

The Concord Consortium – Interactive STEM activities FREE

The McGraw Hill Companies – Because learning changes everything. We apply the science of learning to create innovative solutions to improve education outcomes around the world.California List of Free Instructional Materials (Gr 1 -6)

The National Science Digital Library – NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

 

STEM – Technology

Codeacademy – Easy way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun and you can do it with your friends.