Resources - Teachers
- Multi Disciplinary
- Coding (not DSD)
- LOCAL Science Education and Enhancement
- SEEd, Desk, and Engineering by Design Crosswalk
- Professional Organizations
- University Outreach
eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional and National Awards.
Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.
Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
This competition was hosted by DivergeConverge.org, a BYU research group. In the K-12 Student Innovator of the Year competition, students competed for over $6,000 in cash prizes awarded to first, second, and third place for the high school, junior high, and elementary division. A booklet was developed to help students work through the innovation process.
5) Rube Goldberg Engineering Competition
The Rube Goldberg Engineering Competition is sponsored by the Utah Air Force Association Aerospace Education Foundation (AEF) and Weber State University Center for Technology Outreach. The 2018 competition included an Apprentice Division (ages 8 to 11), Division I (ages 11 to 14), and Division II (ages 14 to 18).
6) Sea Perch
Sea Perch is a program in which students build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). As students work through the engineering design process to build their ROVs, they learn skills in mechanical and electrical engineering and apply knowledge of scientific principles. The competition requires students to maneuver their vehicles through a series of preset tasks.
Sea Perch is sponsored by the US Department of the Navy and a full range of resources is available at SeaPerch.org.
Utah Underwater Robotics is sponsored by the BYU Department of Engineering
Davis and Weber School Districts partner to host the Northern Wasatch Front Competition. For information, contact Geoff Warren.
For coverage of the 2017-2018 Sea Perch Competition, see the following:
CyberPatriot is a program created by the Air Force Association. Although the focus is on cybersecurity, the competition incorporates all areas of STEM. In the competition, students act as IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Teams are given virtual images that represent operating systems and are challenged to find the vulnerabilities within the systems.
8) Future City
Future City is a project-based learning program for students in grades 6-8. Students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.
PBS: The PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center provides selected STEM education resources. To find more, search the database of nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics resources for grades preK-12.
RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) This California-based site is devoted to hands-on learning in Science, Math, Social Studies, Literature, and Art and is searchable by Grade, Subject, Keyword or by Standards.
Bloomsburg University: STEM Resources for Teachers A link library from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.
Career Connections You Tube: Videos featuring employees who use math or science in exciting or unexpected ways.
Students have to work together with teams to solve math challenges in order to get the “code” to unlock the next clue and get the key out of the room. More info at http://www.theescapeclassroom.com/ The first workshop can be downloaded free for teachers. Other tasks are $15.
Optics for Eyes: https://www.mrsec.utah.edu/optics-for-eyes
Jello Optics: http://www.mrsec.utah.edu/exploring-the-properties-of-light-with-jell-o-optics/
This site allows you to pose questions to scientists or to read through previously asked questions.
Designed by NASA, this page explains how planes work.Forces and Motion: Basics - Simulations
Extensive simulations for various physics problems.
Lessons about force and motion from Khan Academy. These are presented as videos.
Written lessons and explanations of physics concepts.
A page of numerous physics-related simulations.
This page explains forces and motion and provides examples and videos.
Learn all about the physics of sandcastles from NASA.
A list of sites for students that relate to physics.
Paul Anderson, a science teacher from Bozeman, Montana who has taught science for over 20 years. He has created hundreds of YouTube videos on a range of science topics including a library of videos for the NGSS.
1) Arduino Software Download Site
2) Arduino Education Site
13) Instructables.com This website features projects submitted by hobbyists, so the quality of projects varies widely. The Arduino section features a 4-part introductory course and many of the projects are labeled for beginners.
Basic Algorithms / Data Structures:
The Ant and the Grasshopper: A Fable of Algorithms (Algorithms)
Bullies, Bubble Sort, and Soccer Tickets (Bubble Sort)
Hunting Dragons with Binary Search (Binary Search)
Binary Searching for Cinderella (Binary Search)
Arrays, Linked Lists, and Zed's Coffee Shop (Arrays, Linked Lists)
are completely free and available online
are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests
Free Admission to Hansen Dome Theater for educational shows (no laser shows) and Science on a Sphere presentations. One free adult for every 10 students, then adults are $6 each as long they are part of the original reservation. Any last-minute adults are $7 and are NOT guaranteed a seat.
ATK IMAX Theater is $6 for all schools. Value Season Discount tickets for the ATK IMAX Theatre are $4/person during September 1st through February 28th.
Utah Science with Engineering Education Standards (SEEd)
Davis Essential Skills and Knowledge (DESK)
ITEEA Engineering by Design (EbD)
Note: Only certified and licensed Utah teachers may access Engineering by Design resources. Only certified and licensed Davis School District employees may access DESK resources.
Download the document above and then use the links provided to select the desired resource. (You can also create your own ITEEA account.) Below is a list of the strands included in each crosswalk.
6th Grade Crosswalk
Strand 6.1: STRUCTURE AND MOTION WITHIN THE SOLAR SYSTEM
Strand 6.2: ENERGY AFFECTS MATTER
Strand 6.3: EARTH’S WEATHER PATTERNS AND CLIMATE
Strand 6.4: STABILITY AND CHANGE IN ECOSYSTEMS
7th Grade Crosswalk
Strand 7.1: FORCES ARE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN MATTER
Strand 7.2: CHANGES TO EARTH OVER TIME
Strand 7.3: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF LIFE
Strand 7.4: REPRODUCTION AND INHERITANCE
Strand 7.5: CHANGES IN SPECIES OVER TIME
8th Grade Crosswalk
Strand 8.1: MATTER AND ENERGY INTERACT IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD
Strand 8.2: ENERGY IS STORED AND TRANSFERRED IN PHYSICAL SYSTEMS
Strand 8.3: LIFE SYSTEMS STORE AND TRANSFER MATTER AND ENERGY
Strand 8.4: INTERACTIONS WITH NATURAL SYSTEMS AND RESOURCES
There are many professional organizations that contribute to the advancement of STEM Education.
These include the following:
- the American Mathematical Society (www.ams.org)
- the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (www.ieee.org)
- the American Society of Civil Engineers (www.asce.org)
- the National Science Teachers Association (www.nsta.org)
- the Society of Women Engineers (www.swe.org)
- the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
- American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)
- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Professional organizations offer many resources for students, parents, and teachers:
1) The American Society for Engineering Education Outreach Website for Teachers. This site includes access to a magazine written especially for students, a collection of videos made just for teens, and a site for teachers with lesson plans and other resources.
2) The American Society of Mechanical Engineers promotes the art, science, and practice of interdisciplinary engineering. This educational site features high interest articles on recent advancements in engineering as well as awe-inspiring videos sure to catch your students' attention.
3) The Association for Computing Machinery offers an education outreach including posters, brochures, and videos.
4) The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers sponsors a separate website called Try Engineering. Try Engineering has a wealth of resources including the following:
- Life of an Engineer: Various profiles of real-life engineers highlight what an average workday can be like.
- Become an Engineer: Students can learn how to prepare for a career in engineering.
- Insights from Experts: Visitors can browse answers to engineering-related question answered by an engineering undergraduate student or an engineer.
- Find a university: Visitors can search for accredited engineering and engineering technology degree programs in Canada and the United States.
- Play Games: Children can try virtual activities that introduce them to basic engineering concepts.
- Lesson Plans: Teachers can download free lesson plans that are aligned with national U.S. education standards on a variety of topics, such as building a robot arm, electric motors, and Ohm's Law.
5) The American Society of Civil Engineers has an outreach program for teachers, parents, and students which includes hands-on activities, videos, and lesson plans in support of competitions such as bridge building and designing a future city.
University Outreach Offerings in STEM Education
From classroom presentations to field trips, many local universities offer outreach programs for grades K-12.
Classroom Presentations Grades K-2 and 3-6
USU College of Science
Science Unwrapped: Established in 2009, Science Unwrapped is a free, monthly presentation series, open to the public, hosted by Utah State University's College of Science. Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to learn about the wonders, the joys, the mishaps, the fun, the unexpected detours and the excitement of scientific discovery. Science Unwrapped presentations are held on Friday evenings at 7 pm in the Eccles Science Learning Center during the regular academic year. Slides, videos, podcasts and hand-outs from previous Science Unwrapped presentation along with suggested readings and web links are available.
Science Learning Activity Ideas are available for 12 different subjects: Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, General Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Watershed Science, Wildlife Sciences.
USU Entomology Club Guided Insect Tours: Guided USU Insect Tours can accommodate up to 25 people per tour; large groups are be divided into smaller sections and rotated through the collection. Group leaders may want to consider visiting other campus sites like Aggie Ice Cream or the Museum of Anthropology in conjunction with the USU Insect Tours. The tours usually last about 30 minutes and are customized for the group’s age and experience level. All tours include a short presentation on General Entomology, the Oh My! Collection, and the USU Bug Zoo.
USU College of Engineering
The USU Engineering Ambassadors would be happy to host your students.
Before scheduling a visit, gather the following information.
Weber State University
EAST: The College of Engineering, Applied Science, and Technology
K-12 Outreach Programs include the following and more:
Lego Leagues: Lego League Jr, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge
WSU Gear UP: Gaining Early Awareness & Readiness
GEAR UP is a federally funded program designed to help students succeed in high school and successfully achieve a college graduation. The program is offered free of charge to eligible students at Clearfield, Layton, Mountain, and Roy High Schools. Student and family services include academic achievement support, financial aid awareness and assistance, college campus visits, application support, ACT preparation, FAFSA completion assistance, etc.
Wasatch Front North Region CTE Pathways
The University of Utah
Department of Physics and Astronomy
The AstronomUrs Department of Physics and Astronomy offers Star Parties, Solar Parties, Presentations, and Demonstrations:
"We can bring our scopes, demos (some are too large or fragile to transport), and presentations to your K-12 school. Another option is to have your class come to our campus where we can do the presentations and demos here. There is no limit to the size of class we can visit but the larger the class, the more time will be needed for observing through the telescopes. We do have a limit on how many can come to our campus unless we break your large group into smaller sections. We have a classroom limit of 30 and a rooftop limit of 45. If you would like to put together a star party for an after-school event, just ask!"
For more information, visit http://www.physics.utah.edu/index.php/for-the-community/
MESA schools, please use this e-mail address: email@example.com
University of Utah College of Engineering
The College of Engineering offers an extensive K-12 Outreach program including the following:
Material Checkout for hands-on activities
For more information, contact Morgan Boyack, Academic Program Coordinator
The Materials Science Department also offers outreach including guest speakers and lesson plans. Contact the outreach coordinator Richard Otero.
Lesson plans for 6th grade investigations into "properties of light" developed in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
University of Utah College of Science
Other University STEM Resources
Wisconsin Online was launched in 2000 and now attracts up to 650,000 visitors a month from 208 countries. The site is a collaborative effort of 16 colleges in the Wisconsin Technical College System and was designed as a digital library of learning objects.
STEM Resources tab inks users to CDE resources in Education Technology, Engaging Girls in STEM, Environmental Education, Mathematics, and Science as well as External resources such as the PBS STEM Teacher.
Northeastern University Center for STEM Education
The Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University seeks to build and support a community of educators, researchers, and students, with the collective goal of strengthening the K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational ecosystem.
The University of St. Thomas Center for Engineering Education
Engineering Education: Connecting STEAM to Students' Real World
Units available vary. Currently featuring "Stormwater Best Practices Management."
Berkley Understanding How Science Really Works.
Here you will find a variety of resources to help you increase student understanding of nature and process of science. To improve your own content knowledge, explore Understanding Science 101 and their resource library. To prepare yourself with lesson plans, teaching tips, and pedagogical strategies, visit a Teacher's Lounge or explore the all-level resources.
Bloomsburg The University of Pennsylvania sponsors the site STEM Resources for Teachers. This site offers a wide range of resources from cybersecurity to oceanography.
TIP: Start at "home" with the Davis School District Foundation Classroom Grants.
STEM Action Center Classroom Grants
The STEM Action Center awards classroom grants up to $1500.00 for teachers and administrators. The center has two windows each year when grants are accepted. For more information, visit the webpage.
Use this worksheet to help gather ideas or evern write a first draft: Grant worksheet
The Utah Aerospace Education Foundation
The Utah Aerospace Education Foundation awards grants up to $500.00 for activities related to aerospace education.
Providers of STEM related products often offer grant writing guides.
For purchase of Pearson products, see their grant writing site at https://www.pearsonschool.com/index.cfm?locator=PSZuE4
Grant Writing Guide from Ozobot
For comprehensive Foundation Funding, visit The Foundation Center at http://foundationcenter.org/find-funding
STEM Prep Specialists: The primary purpose of a Prep Specialist is to provide students with additional STEM learning opportunities to aid in the development of necessary skill such as wonder, problem solving, and sense making. Prep specialists will work with students in a classroom setting for 30-50 minutes once a week. This additional STEM exposure will help students to innovate, collaborate, communicate, and prepare for a self-sustaining life. Key areas of focus for STEM Prep Specialists include: wonder, problem solving, sense making, creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
Computer Science Prep Specialists: Davis School District has systematically infused computer science (CS) into all of our 61 elementary schools. This ensures that every elementary student has access to a CS education starting in kindergarten. This is a vital area of understanding for students to be productive in the modern world. Computer science prep specialists provide students a minimum of 30 minutes CS education each week aligned to the new state CS standards. To learn more about CS in Davis, click here.
Students engage in wonder, sense making, and problem solving across all content areas in a collaborative, creative, real world environment.
- August 24, 2020 STEM and Computer Science Prep Training (Virtual)
- Monthly Virtual "Share-a-Thons" (Virtual)
- CS DESK Standards
- Science Kits for Check Out
- Robots for Check Out
- EiE Kits for Check Out
- Elementary Computer Science Website
- STEM website
- Time card PDF download
- Lesson Plan Templates
- Classified Employee Contract
For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.
LESSON PLAN TEMPLATES
STEM Materials Available for Check-Out
Engineering is Elementary Units and Materials Kits
The EiE kits available for check out are listed here. Click the link below for a calendar to see when the kits are available. Instructions for check out are listed at the end of this page.
Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/EiECalendar .
Story Design: Innovative STEAM Activities
Story Design is an exciting new student-driven, project-based interdisciplinary program that combines STEM with English Language Arts. We have 21 project-based learning lesson plans for Grades K-8. In Story Design lessons, students …
- read and understand grade-level literature.
- identify conflicts in the literary text.
- identify a problem in the text that could have a practical, physical, or technological solution.
- design and propose a solution incorporating STEM topics.
- construct, test, and improve a prototype of their solution.
- communicate their solution to the classroom.
For a list of books and activities, click here. We have one copy of each book available for check out to go with each STEAM activity booklet. To check out a Story Design kit, please see instructions in next section.
Stomp Rocket Launchers
These work with the EiE unit Rockets and Rovers, but they can also be used separately as a fun activity especially for students in grades 2-3 making and launching simple paper rockets. We have 4 stomp launchers.
Straw Rocket Launchers
These are manufactured by Pitsco. # Available is 2.
The Teacher Guide provides detailed directions for care and use, lesson plans, and ideas for extension lessons.
Straw Rocket Materials
This kit includes the essentials for working with the straw rocket launchers: straws, modeling clay for the noses, and index cards for the fins. These materials are available from Pitsco.com for 26.50.
LEGOS Airplane Kits
These kits consist of rectangular bricks in three different colors and sizes: 2X2, 2X4, and 2X8. In each set, there are 90 of both the 2X2’s and the 2X4’s and 45 of the 2X8’s. We have 8 sets so the class will need to be divided into at least 8 teams.
The task is for each team of students to build airplanes that follow a specific pattern in a timed interval. The challenge or problem to be solved is creating a system that will yield the best result.
You might want to create some competition between classes or even between schools! #Available is 8.
You might want to create some competition between classes or even between schools! #Available is 8.
Pictured below are students at Endeavor Elementary who are very much engaged in this problem solving challenge.
To Check Out EIE, STEM Materials, or Story Design:
You will need to provide the following:
1) Your name
2) Your school
3) Your position
4) Item requested
5) How long you will need the item.
EiE Kits can be kept up to 4 weeks as it may take that long to complete a unit. Other items should be returned within a week.
You will need to pick the kits up at the District Office (Kendell Building, 2nd Floor W240)