Content: General STEAM

Here, you will find resources that address general science concepts and activity ideas that are not specific to Alaska (like Space.com). 

Title URL Information
Space.com https://blog.advancementcourses
.com/classroom-activities/winter-
solstice-activities/
This article (October 2021) explains winter solstice—what it is, why it happens, where the earth is (in relation to the sun), as well as mythology surrounding it. It includes visuals that can be used in the classroom to help visual learners understand the concept. Grade level 7–12
Advancement Courses https://blog.advancementcourses
.com/classroom-activities/winter-solstice-activities/
This website hosts links to 5 Winter Solstice science activities to help students learn about solstice. The webpage also includes a graphic that shows how the sun’s light hits the earth during winter solstice. This website is aimed at educators.
Great Backyard Bird Count—Cornell Lab https://www.birdcount.org/ The “Great Backyard Bird Count” happens in February each year. Your classroom can participate in citizen science counting bird observations. Use the website to learn about birds that visit different areas, to participate in the bird count, and to be part of a global event. Grade level K–12
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center https://www.starhop.com/blog
/2020/6/18/saturday-stem-
challenge-make-a-scale-mode
l-of-stonehenge
This website invites readers to learn about solstice and then to build a scale-model of Stonehenge. The site has several diagrams of Stonehenge, and includes a link to a YouTube video demonstrating how to build a scale model. Grade level 9–12
eBird https://ebird.org/explore Use this website to learn about different birds in your area. Website provides pictures, migrating information, and other details about birds. The website is run by Cornell University. Grade level K–12
All About Birds https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/ Use this website in conjunction with the eBird website to learn all about birds you site in your area. The website includes links to Bird ID and live nesting cameras. Grade level K–12
Discover Engineering https://discovere.org/ DiscoverE is all about introducing young people to engineering. The site includes STEM resources, programs, and connections. Activities are grouped by type (hands-on, at-home, lesson plans, projects, videos, and websites/games) and are searchable by age group. Grade level K–12
“Weathering & Erosion” https://www.generationgenius
.com/videolessons/weathering
-and-erosion-video-for-kids/
This website provides a full lesson plan, including a video, discussion questions, reading material, and activity guide, to teach students about weathering and erosion.
STEM Learning: “Snow and Ice” https://www.stem.org.uk/
resources/community/collection
/11076/snow-and-ice
This website houses various resources for teaching about snow and ice. The resources can help students relate their science learning to the real world. Resources include a video that teaches about thermal insulators and conductors, ideas for practical use of snow and ice, a video following British teachers on an Antarctic expedition, an experiment focused on ice, an activity sheet, and external links.
STEM Learning: “KS1/2 Antarctica: Teachers in the Freezer” https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/31005 This video illustrates how animals adapt to extreme conditions as it follows a group of British teachers on an Antarctic expedition.
STEM Learning: “Concept Cartoons: Change of State and Insulation” https://www.stem.org.uk/elibrary/resource/25952 This website has links to a concept cartoon that focuses on the change of state and insulation. Teachers can use it to help students explore heat and insulation. May require setting up a free account to access material. 
Survivopedia—Uncommon Wisdom for Dangerous Times: “Do You Know How to Use Snow for Insulation?” https://www.survivopedia.com/
do-you-know-how-to-use-snow
-for-insulation/
Website includes some short YouTube videos/demonstrations on how to use snow and ice for shelter.
PBS: “Build a Bridge” https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/build-bridge-p1.html This site details a bridge-building activity that allows students to learn about different bridge types and then determine which is best for different location types.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory—”18 Ways NASA Uses Pi” https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/
learn/list/oh-the-places-we-
go-18-ways-nasa-uses-pi/
This website shares 18 different ways pi is used in the real world, by real scientists. Students can read the short blurbs to learn about how pi is used for space exploration and discoveries, mapping, study of distant planets, communicating with spacecraft, etc. Grade level 9–12+
World Engineering Day Live https://worldengineering
day.net/
This website is dedicated to the Global UNESCO Engineering Day 2022—where engineers from across the globe came together to celebrate and recognize their work. The website features a 3-hour professional video that was live-streamed during the event. Students can learn all about engineering around the globe. Grade level K–12
Pi Day https://www.piday.org/ This website is dedicated to “Pi Day”—March 14. The home page includes a countdown to the next Pi Day and links to learn about pi. Downloadable teacher resources include pi-themed worksheets for both middle and high-school aged students. Grade level 6–12+
Earth Sky https://earthsky.org/ This website hosts various resources dedicated to our earth and sky. The website includes links to topics on the sun, space, earth, and stargazing, as well as community photos and information on what is happening tonight. Grade level 9–12+
Marine Debris Tracker https://debristracker.org/data The marine debris tracker is available online or through an app. This citizen science platform focuses on collecting data about plastic pollution. You do not need to be near an ocean or body of water to participate. Grade level K–12+
STEAM Connection https://www.steam
connection.org/ekgar

Every Kid Gets a Robot (EKGAR):  This project, designed and developed by Danielle Boyer, a young Ojibwe robotics engineer and programmer, was developed to address educational disparities. You can read more about her story here: https://woc.aises.org/content/danielle-boyer-ojibwe-steam-connection

EKGAR is an innovative educational robotics kit that costs less than $20 dollars to make and is sent to youth for free, increasing their technical competency and understanding with a culturally competent curriculum. Grade level K–12

Project Noah https://www.projectnoah.org/ “A global community of nature enthusiasts photographing and learning about wildlife.” Members can share pictures, journal reflections, identification, and other observations about wildlife and organisms in their natural habitat. The “Nature Lessons” page has many lessons focused on backyard nature. Grade level K–12+