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Links for Educators

Local Opportunities for Professional Development in Math and Science

  • Math & Science Collaborative of Southwest Pennsylvania (MSC) coordinates efforts and focuses resources through innovative, evidence-based, regional approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics and science from preschool through university.  Founded in 1994 at the Carnegie Science Center, now supporting all schools in 11 counties, MSC has been headquartered in the AIU since 2002.
  • PA Education Resources – A searchable database of student enrichment activities occurring in-school, after-school, and during the summer months.
  • Carnegie Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development – This Center provides a focused forum for collaboration among key STEM education stakeholders throughout the region.
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) – PTEI’s educational programs provide a range of experiences and tools for those who are interested in science education.
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center provides university, government, and industrial researchers with access to several of the most powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data-handling available to scientists and engineers nationwide for unclassified research. This website also provides content material on-line as a resource for K-12 teachers. PSC also offers workshops (with Act 48 hours) on how to effectively use the materials.

Regional Programs, Competitions, Resources in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Supporting Resources for Teachers

  • Carnegie Science Center has developed a variety of resources to help you connect your experience with our programs to what you do in the classroom. Follow the links to information and activities.
  • ChemFest – During National Chemistry Week, students explore activity booths by companies and organizations on basic and applied chemistry.
  • SciTech Days – Each fall and spring, middle and high school students explore exhibits, presentations, workshops and programs on regional cutting edge science and technology and career opportunities in these fields.
  • Chain Reaction Contraption Contest – High School students build and run a machine that completes a specific task in 20 steps or more.
  • Future City Competition Middle school students use SimCity software to design a city that addresses a specific urban challenge.
  • Engineer the Future – During National Engineers Week, students explore activity booths by companies and organizations that demonstrate all types of engineering.
  • i5 Video Competition Middle and high school explore the impact of STEM in their lives – namely: innovations, issues, individuals, inspiring careers and incredible income potential
  • Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair – More than1,000 6th – 12th graders compete for over $1,000,000 in cash and scholarships.
  • The Carnegie Science Center’s Girls, Math & Science Partnership’s mission is to engage, educate, and embrace girls as architects of change. Working with girls age 11 – 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.
  • Science Olympiad in PA – Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the premiere science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 6,000 teams in 50 states. For more information, visit the National Science Olympiad website
  • Challenger Learning Center – Space travel comes alive through the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, WV.

Math Common Core State Standards Resources

  • Common Core State StandardsWebsite containing the Math and English Language Arts Common Core State Standards as well as background information about the standards.
  • Inside Mathematics – This site provides classroom videos and lesson samples designed to illustrate the Mathematical Practices in action.
  • Common Core State Standards blog - Lead author of Common Core Mathematics Standards, Bill McCallum’s blog on tools that are being developed to support the implementation of the CCSS.
  • Illustrative Math Project – The main goal for this project is to provide guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience in implementing the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. The site includes tasks linked to the Common Core Standards.
  • Learning Progressions for the Common Core Math Standards - narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children’s cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.
  • NCSM Common Core State Standards Resources -These pages include NCSM developed materials and resources, work undertaken in collaboration with other organizations, and participating in conferences and other initiatives that promote shared understanding of the CCSS.
  • Mathematics Assessment Project – high school site with tasks, lessons, and assessments aligned to common core

Additional Online Math Lesson Plans, Activities, Assessment Items, and Resources

  • NCTM Illuminations – This website contains a collection of 580 lessons for PreK – 12 math educators which are searchable by grade band, standard, or specific topic.
  • Dana Center – These secondary-level, written tasks, are a rich set of sample instructional tasks that exemplify expectations leading to Achieve’s college- and career-ready standards. These tasks cover a range of student expectations and include a variety of solution strategies.
  • Figure This! – Figure This! is a Public Outreach campaign designed to engage families of middle school students in working on mathematics together. The campaign consists of 80 math challenges organized by standar . They are designed for middle school students and their families to work on at home but could also be used in the classroom.
  • NAEP Math Questions – This website contains previously released NAEP items at the 4th, 8th, and 12th grade levels. The items are searchable by standard, grade level, type of question, and level of difficulty.
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation mathematics assessment database – provides sample assessment items from grades 3 through 11. This database is part of a newly started United States project to collect sample items from summative assessments of APEC member economies.
  • Geogebra – GeoGebra is free mathematics software for teaching and learning which incorporates interactive graphics, algebra, and spreadsheets appropriate for elementary through high school students. The site also contains a GeoGebraWiki which is a free pool of teaching materials for the dynamic mathematics software GeoGebra. Everyone can contribute and upload materials! All contents of this pool may be used free of charge.
  • Virtual Manipulatives – This website contains virtual manipulatives which are searchable by grade level and standard. Each virtual manipulative contains teacher information for how to make use of the manipulative. This site also contains free lessons and activities for grades 2 through high school which make use of the virtual manipulatives.
  • TI Education- This website includes K-12 math and science activities which incorporate Texas Instruments technology. The activities are searchable by subject, standard, topic, and type of technology.
  • Google Earth Lessons – This website contains math and science lessons which make use of Google Earth.
  • Microsoft Education – This website contains lesson plans which can be used to introduce or reinforce technology skills. They’re ready to use as is or you can customize them to fit your specific teaching and learning goals. The lesson plans are searchable by subject, type of technology, and grade level.
  • PDE SAS – This website is the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System portal which contains a searchable bank of lesson plans and activities related to PA Standards. These can be searched by subject, grade level, course, or specific topic.
  • Thinkfinity – This website includes lessons for teachers, activities to use in and out of the classroom, games for young children and teens, adult literacy resources and reference materials for anyone in the education field, as well as for parents and afterschool practitioners.
  • Where Is The Smath – This blog is to assist teachers in sharing with their students the math and science around us every day.  Each post will include a picture depicting math, science, or both (Smath).  Many times the connections will be obvious to students, while other times the connections to “Smath” may be revealed as teachers facilitate discussion about the image through their questioning.
  • Annenberg Foundation – Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools by distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home.
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center provides university, government, and industrial researchers with access to several of the most powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data-handling available to scientists and engineers nationwide for unclassified research. This website also provides content material on-line as a resource for K-12 teachers. PSC also offers workshops (with Act 48 hours) on how to effectively use the materials.
  • Maryland Virtual High School - The Maryland Virtual High School website provides resources for and training in the use of modeling and visualization tools for inquiry based instruction in science and mathematics.
  • Explore Learning – Experience math and science with Gizmos online learning simulations that promote inquiry and understanding
  • Khan Academy Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, the Khan Academy can help students learn.  Teachers resources are also available.
  • Edheads Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.  Teacher resources are also available.

Online Science Lesson Plans, Activities, Assessment Items, and Resources

  • The National Academies Press – The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academies to publish the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council.  The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.
  • National Science Teachers Association – The National Science Teachers Association is a member-driven organization, 60,000-strong, and publishes books and journals for science teachers from kindergarten through college. Each year NSTA holds four conferences on science education and provides ways for science teachers to connect with one another.
  • Sci-Tech Year Round Resources – Learn about our region’s growing industries. Expose your students to science and technology careers, and inspire them all year.
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center provides university, government, and industrial researchers with access to several of the most powerful systems for high-performance computing, communications and data-handling available to scientists and engineers nationwide for unclassified research. This website also provides content material on-line as a resource for K-12 teachers. PSC also offers workshops (with Act 48 hours) on how to effectively use the materials.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration - This website provides teacher resources related to NASA. NASA is a United States government agency that is responsible for science and technology related to air and space.
  • Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle Schools - Phenomena and Representations for the Instruction of Science in Middle Schools  (PRISM) is a project of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) conceived to address the need for better phenomena and representations in middle grades materials. Each resource in the PRISMS library is accompanied by an annotated review describing the phenomenon or representation’s content alignment and quality of instructional support.
  • National Geographic Society – The website provides National Geographic education resources, including multimedia activities aligned with national standards, educational projects, and more. It also invites the user to navigate iconic National Geographic maps with new interactive features and tools for creating custom materials that can be easily printed and shared.
  • National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science – This website provides access to an award-winning collection of peer-reviewed case studies. Cases can be used not only to teach scientific concepts and content, but also process skills and critical thinking.  And since many of the best cases are based on contemporary, and often contentious, science problems that students encounter in the news, the use of cases in the classroom makes science relevant.
  • Physics Education Technology – PhET provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena, which enable students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world. All PhET simulations are freely available from the PhET website and are easy to use and incorporate into the classroom.
  • Protein Data Bank - The Protein Data Bank (PDB) archive is the single worldwide repository of information about the 3D structures of large biological molecules, including proteins and nucleic acids. The website contains animations, and activities/lessons, and more.
  • Chem Collective – The Chemistry Collective is a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concepts tests which can be incorporated into a variety of teaching approaches as pre-labs, alternatives to textbook homework, and in-class activities for individuals or teams. It is organized by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit medical research organization that plays a powerful role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. The HHMI website contains a wide range of resources—from lesson plans and detailed curricula to tutorials, animations and laboratory exercises—for educators at all levels. The resources can be searched by topic, type, or target audience.
  • Explore Learning – Experience math and science with Gizmos online learning simulations that promote inquiry and understanding.
  • Try Science - your gateway to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide
  • National Institutes of Health – The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. This website contains free resources for science teachers, including interactive games, posters for the classroom, classroom activities and curricula, and other science education tools.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – This portal is designed to assist educators in accessing NOAA materials from one centralized interface. The content here is a sampling of NOAA’s education resources and more can be found at each linked location. Materials selected for this site are organized by themes, topical collections, and content type that are aligned with common teaching topics.  All materials linked from this site are free for use and distribution unless expressly noted.
  • Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) – PTEI’s educational programs provide a range of experiences and tools for those who are interested in science education.
  • FOSSweb – FOSSWeb is the official site for the inquiry-based FOSS (FULL OPTION SCIENCE SYSTEM) science curriculum. A place for support, resources, and fun activities.
  • ChemVlab (Chemistry Virtual Lab) – In the ChemVLab+ project, we extend the utility of the virtual lab by creating embedded assessment modules that provide students with opportunities to apply chemistry knowledge to meaningful contexts and to receive immediate, individualized tutoring.
  • AAAS ScienceNetLinks – This website includes internet based learning activities searchable by grade level or benchmark as well as engaging interactive activities, and reviewed websites to support standards-based teaching  and learning.
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency – Educator resources and interactive activities for kids regarding water resources in Pennsylvania
  • National Lab Network – Teachers and volunteers (who could be any community members) and STEM-based professionals register and get connected through the website with teachers who propose projects, equipment needs, or other needs.  The site automatically matches the teacher requests with volunteers and scientists willing to help.
  • NAEP Science Questions – This website contains previously released NAEP items at the 4th, 8th, and 12th grade levels. The items are searchable by standard, grade level, type of question, and level of difficulty. 
  • TI Education- This website includes K-12 math and science activities which incorporate Texas Instruments technology. The activities are searchable by subject, standard, topic, and type of technology.
  • Google Earth Lessons – This website contains math and science lessons which make use of Google Earth.
  • Microsoft Education – This website contains lesson plans which can be used to introduce or reinforce technology skills. They’re ready to use as is or you can customize them to fit your specific teaching and learning goals. The lesson plans are searchable by subject, type of technology, and grade level.
  • PDE SAS – This website is the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System portal which contains a searchable bank of lesson plans and activities related to PA Standards. These can be searched by subject, grade level, course, or specific topic.
  • Thinkfinity – This website includes lessons for teachers, activities to use in and out of the classroom, games for young children and teens, adult literacy resources and reference materials for anyone in the education field, as well as for parents and afterschool practitioners.
  • Where Is The Smath – This blog is to assist teachers in sharing with their students the math and science around us every day.  Each post will include a picture depicting math, science, or both (Smath).  Many times the connections will be obvious to students, while other times the connections to “Smath” may be revealed as teachers facilitate discussion about the image through their questioning.
  • Annenberg Foundation – Annenberg Learner uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools by distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home.
  • Maryland Virtual High School - The Maryland Virtual High School website provides resources for and training in the use of modeling and visualization tools for inquiry based instruction in science and mathematics.
  • Khan Academy Watch. Practice. Learn almost anything for free. With over 3,200 videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, the Khan Academy can help students learn.  Teachers resources are also available.
  • Edheads Edheads is an online educational resource that provides free science and math games and activities that promote critical thinking.  Teacher resources are also available.

Career Connections to Math and Science

  • Advanced Technological Education Television – award winning on-line video series with up to the minute information connecting students with education and employment opportunities
  • SciTech Career Resources – Learn about our region’s growing industries.  Expose your students to science and technology careers and inspire them all year.
  • Mathematics at Work - Following up on the work of the American Diploma Project, Achieve has produced a series of “Mathematics at Work” brochures to examine how higher-level mathematics is used in today’s workplaces. 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 high school graduates.
  • Math Apprentice – targeted at students in grades 4 – 7, Math Apprentice invites students to play the role of an intern at one of eight companies in a growing metropolis. Students are greeted by an employee of the company who then explains the math behind the job. They may then choose to solve specific problems or explore math concepts on their own.
  • WeUseMathThe most common question students ask math teachers at every level is “When will I use math?” WeUseMath.org 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.
  • XPmath – This website contains math careers searchable by mathematical topic or job.