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.
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
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.