Resources for STEM Education

A prototype of a new online portal for sharing information on NSF-funded educational resources and findings is now available online. Resources for STEM Education ( is a testbed that provides links to information on a ‘sampling of resources and findings from NSF-funded projects’ in four areas:

  1. teacher development ideas and materials,
  2. instructional materials for STEM education,
  3. assessment ideas and materials, and
  4. syntheses of research in STEM education.

Several REESE projects are already represented here, and NSF is interested in your feedback on this new resource. You can e-mail your comments directly to NSF at ARC also maintains a list of dissemination resources on this website. 


Surrounded by Science: Your Guide to Informal Science Learning is a new publication from the National Academies:

A classroom is not the only place to learn about science. Whether you teach kids or adults outside the school setting, design science exhibits, lead youth on nature trips, or do anything else to impart scientific knowledge in a fun and engaging way, let this new book be your guide. Based on an authoritative report from the National Research Council, Learning Science in Informal Environments, this practitioner's guide is full of case studies and illustrative examples to show how real science learning can happen in all places all around us.

Click here to find more information about this publication and related resources for thinking about science learning, designing experiences to promote science learning, and reaching across communities, time, and space. 


Promising Practices in Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Summary of Two Workshops is a new publication by the NRC's Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE):

Numerous teaching, learning, assessment, and institutional innovations in undergraduate STEM education have emerged in the past decade. Because virtually all of these innovations have been developed independently of one another, their goals and purposes vary widely. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education convened two public workshops to examine the impact and effectiveness of selected STEM undergraduate education innovations. This volume summarizes the workshops, which addressed such topics as the link between learning goals and evidence; promising practices at the individual faculty and institutional levels; classroom-based promising practices; and professional development for graduate students, new faculty, and veteran faculty. The workshops concluded with a broader examination of the barriers and opportunities associated with systemic change.

Click here to download or order this synthesis of research on what works in the undergraduate STEM classroom.
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What science educators have learned in and out of the classroom to promote student learning and career development, as well as reflections on STEM disciplines, institutions, and professional conduct.


The NRC report, "Successful K-12 STEM Education," is a response to a request from a member of Congress, Rep. Frank Wolf, to identify the characteristics of highly successful K-12 schools and programs in STEM. The report was prepared by a committee of educators led by Adam Gamoran of the Department of Sociology and Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The committee's work included examining existing research and research in progress on STEM-focused schools, as well as a broader base of research related to effective STEM education practices and effective schooling in general. The report offers two sets of recommendations, geared for schools and districts, and for state and national policy-makers. Learn more


The NRC Board on Science Education (BOSE) report, "A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas," identifies the key scientific practices, concepts, and ideas that all students should learn by the time they complete high school. Sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this report is intended as a guide for those who develop science education standards, those who design curricula and assessments, and others who work in K-12 science education. Using the practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas that the framework lays out, a group of states, coordinated by Achieve, Inc. (a nonprofit education organization), are now working to develop standards for what students should learn at different grade levels. Learn more