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Student Resources

Cool places to visit:

http://roadtripnation.com/

http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/

http://projectgps2.com/calendar/

http://www.discoverengineering.org/

http://www.egfi-k12.org/

http://www.thinkfinity.org/at-home-and-afterschool

Middle school student resources:

http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/

STEM Homework Help:

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/hwsciencehtml

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/homeworkhelp/science/science_homework_help.html

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/

Parent Resources

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are cultural achievements that reflect people's humanity, power the economy, and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, workers, consumers, and families.  The primary driver of the future economy and concomitant creation of jobs will be innovation, largely derived from advances in science and engineering.  Integrative learning in STEM will prepare our students for the demands of today's economy and the economy of the future.  

Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics a National Research Council Document, 2011

Local STEM Pathways information and videos on our 2010 school pilot programs  

Video Vignettes of : Rigorous and Relevant learning and  Instruction in Orange County Schools

Successful K-12 STEM Education (just create free account and login to download free PDFs) 
SCORE-Science Science Standards by Grade Level 
OC STEM on twitter. join our cause to strengthen education

STEM Career Options in California:

Look through the extended list of degrees/courses of study to see degree options within the field you are currently considering. Viewing specific options may help you to refine your choice of degree http://www.cpec.ca.gov/FiscalData/StepsDetail.asp?CIP=STEM.

In Science, California students ranked 49th in grade 4 and 49th in grade 8 among the 50 states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2009.  Despite these challenges, there are many opportunities to leverage our human and fiscal resources to improve learning and instruction on a broad scale. Below are resources to guide us as parents work collaboratively with educators.

EEI Standards

Conceptual Framework and Next-Generation Science Standards

Young People Today Need the Knowledge and Skills of Science More Than Ever

CA Guidelines for Implementing the CA Science Content Standards

Building the 21st Century: US China Cooperation on Science, Technology, and Innovations

OCDE Science Website

HHMI Weekend Research Experience 

Education and Environment Initiative(EEI) Curriculum