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STEPUP is a national community of physics teachers, researchers, and professional societies.  They design high school physics lessons to empower teachers, create cultural change, and inspire young women to pursue physics in college.


Join as an Aerospace Education Member (AEM) of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and enjoy many free aerospace/STEM educational opportunities ranging from receipt of a variety of curriculum materials and STEM Kits to participating in a teacher orientation flight aboard one of our Cessna aircraft at your local airport. 


Do you know a classroom, program or center that would love to have their own Giant Moon or Giant Mars Map? Grant applications are open only twice each year.

Click here for Giant Moon Map Application

Click here for Giant Mars Map Application


Club for the Future is a space club for students, parents, and educators founded by Blue Origin.  Join today and send a postcard that will be returned to you after flying on a Blue Origin flight to space.



Kansas ElctroRally provides an opportunity for high school teams to design, build and race electric vehicles.

Other STEM Resources

  • **My American Farm: Free games on an agriculture theme for grades pre-K to 5 to teach science, language arts, math, geography and more.
  • **National Geographic: Lesson plans, maps, photos and other reference materials, Pre-K through higher education
  • **Open Educational Resources: Open-source platform to share and find free lesson plans and resources
  • **Smithsonian Educator Resources: The hub to begin a deep dive on a wealth of free resources from the Smithsonian, including the Smithsonian Learning Lab (a platform for creating, sharing and discovering lesson plans based on Smithsonian materials), online educational games, and resources based on each museum in the Smithsonian system
  • Teacher Created Resources: More than 400 free lesson plans created by teachers for Pre-K to grade 8. Includes downloadable pdfs.
  • **TeAch-nology: Offers more than 46,000 lesson plans, 10,000 printable worksheets, and more - all for free
  • Aldrin Family Foundation: Apply for a free giant Mars or Moon map and use free online activities and programs to learn about space travel and living in space.
  • AutoDesk and Maya Lesson Plans on 3D Modeling and Animation: A massive set of lesson plans and guides (more than 1,300 pages) in a single pdf from Christopher Spindler of Dodge City High School on using these popular 3D programs. Used by permission and under a Creative Commons License.
  • The Biology Corner: Free lesson plans and worksheets in biology.
  • **Code Combat: “Dungeon crawler” style game that teaches kids computer programming and coding.
  • **Code.org: Site to help with teaching coding to K-12 students with lesson plans and projects, including ones based on popular games such as Flappy Bird and Minecraft.
  • **Electrify: A free online educational game (currently in Beta) that helps students to understand how power grids and power companies work, as well as how changing from fossil fuel energy sources to more sustainable solutions affects power output, finances, and the environment.
  • **NASA: Free K-12 lessons based on resources from the space agency.
  • National Science Teachers Association: Free resources, lesson plans and more in science.
  • Reusing Plastic Bottles: Crafts and Projects:  Science projects and crafts using plastic bottles.
  • Simple Planes and Simple Rockets 2: These highly realistic “sandbox” games allow students to explore everything from aerodynamics to orbital mechanics to rocket propulsion. As of April 2019, they are also free for educators, DRM-free, so they can be used on as many computers as necessary.
  • StudyJams! by Scholastic: More than 200 math and science interactive videos and lessons, covering everything from volcanoes in science to place integers in math.