#DiscoverSTEM Resources

According to the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, “All great innovations begin with an idea.” Whether making slime, creating video games with Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch, building a robot, or re-engineering a wireless microphone, summer STEM programs across the country are fertile ground for fostering curiosity, creativity, collaboration, and a growth mindset in every young person.

Get a front row seat for fun ideas to help kids unlock their imaginations while shaping critical skills and aptitudes for school and life success.

Virtual Splash Event: Discover STEM and Soar

Nintendo Switch

Monday, July 12 (1:00-2:00 p.m. ET)
Presented by Game Builder Garage for Nintendo Switch
Featured Speakers, Makers and Dream Leaders:

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Mizzen by Mott inspires, engages and sparks learning in young people. With activities from premier organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center and powerful management tools, this new app can help you strengthen your afterschool program. Supported by the Mott Foundation, Mizzen is available at no cost to afterschool professionals!

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Activities & Resources for Your Family

Electrifying Engineering | STEM Online Learning

General Motors

General Motors (GM) invites kids and their family to join in on immersive, kid-friendly lessons on sustainability, #EV design and more. Tune in to GM’s YouTube Channel playlist for new #ElectrifyingEngineering videos every Sunday!

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STEM at Home Activities

National PTA, Sponsored by Bayer

National PTA and Bayer developed a series of hands-on STEM activities for families. With STEM at Home activities, parents and caregivers can bring the excitement of STEM from the classroom to home this summer!

National PTA does not endorse any commercial entity, product, or service. No endorsement of Bayer is implied.

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Camp Khan

created by Khan Academy

Join Khan Academy‘s virtual summer camp, Camp Khan, now to August 28! During Camp Khan, your child can choose the math skills they want to learn, get real-time help when they’re stuck (i.e. without needing to always ask you!), and explore fun activities to make the most of their summer, as well as yours. You can start and stop whenever you want; it’s flexible based on what works for you!

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Readiness Check

Learning Heroes

Get the Readiness Check! Help your child with math and reading at home. Have your child answer these 3-5 questions as a quick math and reading review. It isn’t a test—your child can relax and solve the problems—like a game! At the end, you’ll get fun, free activities to help your child at home.

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STEM Education

presented by Washington Nationals Home and Away

We said STEM is everywhere and here it is in baseball. Check out these baseball-themed lessons complete with downloadable PDFs and video tutorials led by Nationals Public Address Announcer, Jerome Hruska, who is also a high school engineering teacher.

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National Geographic Society

From National Geographic, explore, read, and learn all about the wonders of Earth and its many inhabitants with quizzes, videos, science experiments, and even at-home classroom resources for those days when you’re teaching at home.

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Athletes for Computer Science (AFCS) | PUSH YOURSELF. ANYBODY CAN LEARN

Athletes across all sports are using their influence to increase awareness about educational opportunities across every industry. Athletes are apart of a global educational movement to increase access to better educational opportunities for all.

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Free Online Virtual Summer Camps 2020 (including STEM)

Summer is here, but with some events being postponed for the moment, where can families find summer activities for their kids? For families who want to keep their children’s education growing over the summer, here are some free online summer camps, courtesy of Summer camp Hub, that will keep your child’s mind active and continuously expanding their knowledge.

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STEM in the Summer: The Joy of Meaningful Learning

When we look at best practices for STEM education, we find that summer offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in STEM learning in ways that mirror real-world needs, while also drawing on the practices that make these learning activities most successful. Download the report.

STEM Policy Brief: The Power of Summer

High-quality summer learning programs have been shown to improve reading and math skills. They also increase graduation rates and post-secondary success. Read the policy brief.

Science in the Summertime: A Multi-Layered Learning Experience

Summer offers a unique opportunity for youth to take a deep dive into STEM learning. Outside of the traditional classroom, youth are in the field, connecting to environmental issues with meaningful importance in their own communities. Read the research brief.

Investment in Staff Yields Summer Success for Students

Delivering a high-quality STEM summer program can seem daunting, especially when staff may have limited experience. Researchers focused on the impact of providing staff with hands-on curriculum, professional development, coaching, and quality assessment. Read the research brief.


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#SummerLearningWeek is July 12-16. Most students lose 2 months of mathematical skills every summer. Low-income children typically lose another 2-3 months in reading. Year after year, those losses add up. #SummerLearningWeek #SummerMatters

Take a few minutes to do the Readiness Check with your child and get (free) fun activities to support math and reading this summer: https://bit.ly/37uNxgf via @BeALearningHero #BeALearningHero

#SummerSlugger is your go-to digital resource to combat summer learning loss, using baseball to prepare students of all backgrounds to enter the next school year on track. Pick your favorite team and start today: summerslugger.com/mlb/

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#SummerLearningWeek is July 12-16! Most students lose two months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading. By 5th grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2.5 to 3 years behind peers, further widening the achievement gap. #SummerMatters Learn more: www.summerlearning.org.

According to a study by @theNASEM For children and youth, summertime presents a unique break from the traditional structure, resources, and support systems that exist during the school year.
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