To our K12 stakeholder community - educators, administrators, students, parents, and partners - while we can't be with you in person during this time, we do want to bring to you some excellent resources for learning in your home and backyard. We are working with faculty across GTRI and partnering with CEISMC to develop free online resources for you to use at home that will be available here and at CEISMC's STEAM from a Distance (see link below) and sharing links from other great resources we find such as those from partner agencies.
Check back as we also add resources, including videos, challenges, and activities, developed for K12 STEAM education by GTRI researchers and faculty.
Take care and be well. We hope you find value and fun in these STEAM education resources while learning from home.
K12 STEM Lessons and At-Home Activities
- Getting the Iron Out of Cereal (Grades K-2) - Use magnets to observe iron in breakfast cereals.
- Extracting Strawberry Innards (Grades 3-5) - Use household items to extract the innards of a strawberry cell.
- Testing for Zinc (Grades 6-8) - Use colorimetry to confirm whether or not zinc is present in zinc supplements.
- Making Black Tea (Grades 9-12) - Use tea to confirm the presence of iron in an iron supplement tablet.
- Make Your Own Electroscope (Grades 5-8) - Make your own electroscope that will detect the presence of an electrical charge.
- Using Bouncing Energy to Measure Distance (Grades 5-8) - Learn how to manually calculate distance.
- Exploring "Little" Lightning (Grades K-5) - Conduct static electricity experiments at home.
- Make Your Own Rain Gauge (Grades K-8) - Create a rain gauge to track rain totals over the week.
- Visualizing Velcro (Grades K-5) - Make a macroscopic model of the hook-and-loop fastener.
- Making Music with Code (Grades K-8) - Explore how to use block coding to play music.
- Making Artificial Snow (Grades 6-12) - Use baby diapers to create fake snow and explore the power of polymers.
- Cybersecurity New Year's Resolutions (Grades K-Adult) - Celebrate the New Year by learning about personal cybersecurity fundamentals and create resolutions for a cyber-secure future.
Earth Day 2021
Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals
On Thursday, April 22, 2021 we celebrate Earth Day! What will you do to join this year’s celebration of Earth?
Georgia Tech is observing Earth Day with Earth Week under the theme of: Amplify Impact. The activities from campus this week span from in-person to virtual, and encompass tours, bird watches, films, and guest speakers - to name a few of the many activities.
The Georgia Tech Earth Week activities are designed and implemented to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). The UN SDG (https://sdgs.un.org/goals) are 17 goals developed to support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These goals were agreed upon and adopted by United Nation Member States in 2015. The Call to Action supported by these goals: end poverty, protect the planet, ensure peace and prosperity for all people by 2030. Achieving these goals will require all of us to participate in this world-wide Call to Action.
As part of Georgia Tech’s new mission and strategic plan, President Cabrera has challenged the campus community to “promote, implement, and advance the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at Georgia Tech.” Throughout campus Georgia Tech community is supporting the advancement of SDGs through research, teaching, and service.
In honor of this year’s Earth Week, take a look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals and consider ways that you can promote, implement, or advance these goals – whether in your classroom, your conference room, or your home. Think about how these goals, and the actions you can take, can improve or sustain our environment and the health of our ecosystems.
You're invited to watch our prior D2Ds that are aligned to the UN SDGs:
|UN SDG||UN Primer Reading||Direct to Discovery|
Other Earth Day Resources
- Georgia Tech Virtual Earth Day - The 2021 Georgia Tech Earth Day theme is Amplify Impact, which will explore ways to positively contribute to making the community and planet a better place. View the full schedule of Earth Day events at earthday.gatech.edu. There are also virtual activities that include tours and sustainable entertainment.
- EARTHDAY.ORG 2021 - This year EARTHDAY.ORG has three days of climate action streaming at earthday.org/earth-day-2021. They also have environmental education lessons for classroom, at-home and community learning in there resource library and check out their toolkits and activities to engage your students on Earth Day and throughout the year.
- Georgia Tech Recycling Operation - Go behind the scenes and learn about campus recycling.
- Chemists Celebrate Earth Week - The American Chemical Society shows the important role chemistry plays in promoting a better world through recyclable plastics, environmental monitoring, and cleaner-burning fuels. Explore this year's theme "Reducing Our Footprint with Chemistry."
- Georgia Adopt-A-Stream - Find educator resources about water quality monitoring and discover online activities about water cycles, watersheds, and water conservation.
Black History Month 2021
This month marks the 45th official celebration of Black History Month. Join STEM@GTRI as we celebrate Black History Month by focusing on the contributions of Black men and women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Check out the links below as we celebrate STEM stories and achievements from Black STEM professionals with ties to Georgia.
- Looking to connect your classrooms with #BlackinTech professionals as part of #BlackHistoryMonth (and all year round)? | Join in on the conversation with Georgia Tech's Chief Information Officer, Daren Hubbard
- Celebrating Inclusive Excellence: Sharaé Meredith on the Power of Encouragement
- Feb. 11 is International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Learn about Dr. Ayanna Howard (recently announced Dean of the College of Engineering at OSU) and Zyrobotics.
- We are thrilled Dr. Manu Platt is recognized for his mentorship to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields and leadership for creating opportunities for K12 students.
- Celebrating Inclusive Excellence: Michael Grady on Pursing Greatness
Did You Know?
Research, Activities, and News about Georgia Tech's Work in COVID-19 Response
- Making Your Own Mask? - Dr. Mark Losego demonstrates how you can easily test your fabrics at home to find out which ones make the best masks.
- Learn how Georgia Tech and an international collaboration of universities used resuscitation bags in ambulances to design a low cost ventilator
Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020
Did you know that October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month? And that this year is the 17th year of recognizing Cybersecurity Awareness? Usually we think of computers and cell phones as the targets of potential cyberattacks, but an increasing array of devices are becoming vulnerable to bad actors. Although most attacks are focused on obtaining privileged data, hackers could inconvenience your day by having your coffee brew at the wrong time, setting off your robot vacuum at 2 am, or even make your house really cold during the winter. Imagine how frustrated you would be if your smart home was taken advantage of by a hacker!
The new Internet-of-Things isn’t limited to your home, either. Large organizations, such as schools and companies, are also mindful and acting to prevent breaches through newly connected devices. Along with the convenience and control of internet-connected devices come new vulnerabilities for hackers to exploit. In an ever-changing environment, cybersecurity experts are continually working to develop new safeguards for all internet connected devices – from smart ovens to smartphones.
Cybersecurity experts at Georgia Tech and Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are at the front of this work and are helping to develop new strategies to detect threats and protect systems and users from exploits. Georgia Tech’s new school of Cybersecurity and Privacy will help to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity experts capable of protecting these systems.
This year’s theme, Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart., emphasizes empowering individuals and organizations to own their roles in protecting their part of cyberspace.
Our upcoming D2D interaction with Barbara Fox, a research scientist in GTRI’s Information and Cyber Security Directorate, will uncover some of the actions that each of us can take to protect our information – and why it’s so important to do so. See below for how to sign up and join the discussion.
- STEM@GTRI Direct-to-Discovery Interaction – More than emails and passwords: The Importance of Cybersecurity
Interested in a future in cybersecurity? Learn more about how Georgia Tech is preparing the next generation of cybersecurity experts and explore these free cybersecurity resources!
- New School Builds on Georgia Tech's Commitment to Advancing Cybersecurity and Privacy Education
Georgia Tech Institute for Information and Security Privacy - Explore more about how Georgia Tech researchers are developing new ways to protect against cybersecurity threats
K12 Cybersecurity Guide 2020 - Learn more about cybersecurity with these free K12 resources!
National Chemistry Week 2020
Did you know that October 23rd is a special day for chemists around the world? Selected because it resembles chemistry’s most important number, Avogadro’s number (6.022e23), October 23rd anchors National Chemistry Week. National Chemistry Week 2020 runs from October 18th to October 24th.
Whether or not we realize it, everything around us is made of chemicals. We are even made of chemicals! Everything we touch, see, smell and eat is made of some combination of the same 118 elements. Knowing more about these elements and how they combine to form substances and materials has allowed society to do amazing things. From space travel to diet soda, chemistry has made modern life possible!
The American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific organization, celebrates National Chemistry week annually with resources for classrooms and families to learn more about different areas of chemistry. This year, they’re celebrating by Sticking with Chemistry and focusing on adhesives, slime, and more! Check out these resources to learn more about chemistry as part of national chemistry week.
ACS National Chemistry Week activities - Explore sticky chemistry with fun, hands-on activities
ACS Georgia Local Section - Visualize some these chemistry demonstrations with these videos from the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.
Earth Day 2020
April 22, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day! Earth Day was created to bring to light the challenges our earth faces, such as the impacts of oil spills, the costs of polluted rivers, the health challenges created by smog, the habitat changes due to deforestation, and much more. Earth Day’s initial organizers brought activities and information to the public to encourage environmental awareness, especially among youth.
Are you interested in contributing to the understanding of our earth's environment? You can be a part of understanding more about the state of our pollution, water quality, air quality, and more by getting involved: documenting changes in nature you see, taking photos of streams or clouds, using sensors to take measurements of water or air quality. Come back to this page to find more ways you can play a part in helping scientists. Below you'll find some resources about Earth Day, including a link to help you get involved through Citizen Science.
- Georgia Tech Virtual Earth Day - View the Virtual Earth Schedule for tours, films, recipes, and a music playlist at earthday.gatech.edu.
- Official Earth Day Website - Learn more about the Earth Day, read environmental stories, and find digital events and toolkits at earthday.org.
- Earth 2020 Challenge - Join the world's largest citizen science campaign. Earth Challenge 2020 empowers people around the world to help monitor and mitigate threats to environmental and human health in their community.
Suggested STEM Resources
- USA Science & Engineering Festival (USEF) Video Library - Engaging presentations from some of the most innovative minds in STEM, including Dr. Anthony Fauci and NASA Astronaut Dr. Jessica Meir. Visit the USEF FREE video library.
- CEISMC STEAM from a Distance Education Resources - GT campus and community collaboration to connect, learn, and discover while at home. Learn more: Event, Resources, and Activities
- EarSketch Weekly Challenges - Learn to code by making music. Amazon Future Engineer and the Georgia Tech EarSketch team are hosting Celebrity Song Remix Weekly Challenges featuring Grammy Winning Artists Common and Ciara. Learn more: Program Information | Teacher Resources
- Georgia Space Grant Consortium K12 Educator Resources - Home school resources with virtual experiences, activities, and experiments.
- Atlanta Science Festival #AtHomeSciFest - Resources and ideas for science at home.
- Science ATL - If you are curious about science, visit Science ATL to learn about science in everyday life, design challenges, and science events happening in metro Atlanta and across the metro region.
- NASA STEM Resources for K-12 Educators - NASA has activities and resources are categorized by grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12. There are even weekly webinar and free lectures for educators.
- Exploratorium - An online, San Francisco-based museum that provides interactive activities, web features, activities, and programs for grades K-12.
- Khan Academy - Resources to aid students with their studies or learn something completely new. Known for math, Khan Academy has expanded to provide resources for grammar, coding, language arts, and even storytelling!
- PBS - PBS offers daily activities and ideas for parents at PBS for Parents and learning resources for teachers at PBS for Teachers.
- Scholastic Learn at Home - Scholastic offers quick, largely self-guided reading lessons paired with activities and videos for PreK students to 9th grade.
- Mystery Science - Mystery Science offers videos and hands-on science activities. They are NGSS and Common Core aligned for grades K-5.
- CODE - CODE provides K-12 gamified lessons on how to code with no experience required.
- National Geographic Kids - National Geographic Kids has K-8 videos, articles, and activities about nature and the natural world.
- Teach Engineering - Teach Engineering has hands-on K12 STEM activity lesson plans for teachers and parents.
- Met Kids - Met Kids, a K-8 resource provided by the New York City Met, provides videos about creating and enjoying art, including a “time machine” feature that allows filtering for time, place, and theme.
- Georgia Pathways STEM Magazine - The Georgia Pathways magazine connects the Technology Association of Georgia–Education Collaborative with Georgia's STEM community. The magazine provides insight, perspective, best practices, and programmatic content for K-16 students, teachers, and parents. Visit their site to read the latest issue or past issues.
Disclaimer: The sites that we link to on this page feature helpful educational resources for the STEM community. However, affiliated organizations are responsible for the content they produce, which is not endorsed by GTRI.