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Arizona STEM Network

AZ STEM NetworkArizona STEM Network is a one-stop shop for Arizona STEM resources, including a club guide, field trips, business connections, resource links, and much more!

Engineering, Just Go For It!

Here you will find a variety of tools to boost your students' math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed. Subscribe, and a newsletter with updated features will arrive in your in-box every month.

Future City Competition

kids pose with their cityThe Future City Competition uses the engineering design process as a framework to guide students through the creation of their cities. Within this framework, students apply specific project management methods to keep their projects on track. This structure gives students a real-world learning experience they can apply to future challenges in school, work and life. 

Students spend approximately four months creating cities that exist at least 100 years in the future and represent the team's solution to a citywide sustainability issue. The competition is made up of five project deliverables.

At Regionals, scores from all five components will be added together to determine the top team. The 1st place team in each region will advance to the Finals held in Washington, DC.


students making observationsTeachEngineering.org is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for K-12 teachers. Supported by National Science Foundation.


Resource Area for Teaching

RAFT Idea Sheets are easy-to-use hands-on experience guides linked to core curriculum topics. Every Idea Sheet is cross-referenced to one or more of the curriculum subjects listed in the Content Standards. Use this Idea Sheets Search Tool to rapidly pinpoint activities that are perfectly suited to the grade level, subject area, and content standard you want to cover.


Orion's Quest

orion missions logoOrion's Quest will challenge and motivate your students to excel in science and math as they participate in real-time research supporting NASA scientists. Take a look with Dr. Cheryl Nickerson to see this amazing research in action! ENROLL now for Managing Microbes in Space. There is no fee for participation in the OQ program.

Space Foundation

sHelp us prepare the next generation of innovators! Get your students engaged in STEM through the engaging topic of space exploration. The Space Foundation provides teacher development, offers an amazing Lesson Bank aligned to standards and the opportunity to serve as a Space Foundation Teacher Liaison.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

STEM Outreach for K-12: Learning starts with a teacher, a curious student, and fun in the classroom. And AIAA has the programs to help you with: Classroom Resources, Classroom Support including Engineer Volunteers, Classroom Grants, Recognition of Outstanding Educators for their accomplishments in getting students excited about engineering, and Educational Partners offering innovative programs and projects.

Education Closet

paint cansEducation Closet: Use Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, communication and critical thinking. The Education Closet provides a myriad of educational resources and professional development opportunities.

A World in Motion

A World in Motion: Bring STEM to life in your classroom! Aligned to National Standards, AWIM offers a myriad of STEM activities and integrated lessons to reinforce STEM learning.

STEM Teaching Tools

STEM Teaching Tools: With a current emphasis on NGSS, this site has teaching tools focused on specific issues in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Be sure to click on Tools from the menu bar.


science bob logoSciencebob.com goes to the top with resources galore. Ideas, videos, research tools, and experiments. If you're looking for ideas you have reached your destination ~ Bazinga!

Science Buddies

Need a science, math or engineering project? Looking into science careers? Want to ask an expert? Science Buddies is here for you! Resources for home, school, teachers, students and parents all with one-click.

The STEM Classroom

Access STEM rich articles and ideas at The STEM Classroom from the National Science Teachers Association. 


Greening STEM Learning Center

Greening STEM brings environmental topics and discussions into STEM lessons to frame subject matter in the context of real-life environmental examples. The National Environmental Education Foundation supports educators and students looking to learn more about Greening STEM through the resources available in the Greening STEM Learning Center. Here, you will find information to help you increase your own understanding about the many connections between STEM and the environment and the tools you need to help educate others.


Quick Links

AVID/STEM Challenge Lab Sheets

Partnership for 21st Century Learning

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

Careers, awards, challenges, contests, websites and more

Link Engineering Educator Exchange

Linking PreK-12 to expertise and conent

Discover Engineering

This site explains what Engineering is, describes a variety of careers, and offers video and interactive activities.

Putting the A in STEAM

How Math, Science, and Design relate to Art

STEM Resource Guide

Index of STEM events & resources

Science Foundation Arizona



12 Steps to Great STEM Lessons

from Middleweb.com

How to get your school ready for STEM


STEM in Preschool


Teachers Try Science

Lesson Plans

Starfish Education

STEM Lesson Plans for K-5 Educators

Narrative-based STEM K-6 Lessons

from the University of Arkansas

Elementary STEM Design Challenges

inspired by elementary literature

K-5 STEMpact Lesson Plans

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Middle School
STEM on Station

Investigating STEM concepts in grades 5-12

All Grades
Cooper-Hewitt Lesson Plans


PBS STEM Media Learning

Bring your classroom to life with PBS STEM Media Learning!

NASA STEM for Educators

Search by grade level for FREE downloadable STEM lessons.

NGSS Lesson Plans

ASU Mars Education

K-12 STEM Lessons

from University of Arkansas

PhET Physics Simulations


Teach Engineering - Curriculum