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Web’s Best STEM Ed. Sites

look underNo funds for field trips? Take your students on a virtual tour of the best Museums of the World or check out scores of other engaging STEM education sites and teacher resources in the BestEdSites collection.

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Resource: Carnegie Science Center

carnegie science centerThe Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. seeks to inspire learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and to motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology.

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Student Videoconference: The Science of Harry Potter

COSI logoCOSI science museum is holding a school video conference, Dec. 14, 2010 for students in grades 3-6, to explore the science behind the Harry Potter Magic. Cost: $165 per school.

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Museum Programs. COSI Camp-Ins, Ohio.

COSI logoThe Camp-In programs at COSI Columbus described as the “ultimate indoor camping experience for girls and boys,” has taken environmental “Green” as its 2011 theme. Participants spend 19 hours immersed in all that COSI has to offer enhanced by themed workshops, an Extreme Screen film, and more. 2011 Dates: Various, Jan. – May.

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The Science of Harry Potter

BroomsticksWhy would a science museum screen “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which is all about wizardry? Because Hogwarts’ spells have intriguing parallels with ongoing research such as genetic engineering and anti-gravity experiments, science educators say. Plus, the magical appeal of the J.K. Rowlings series helps gets students excited about STEM subjects.

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Event: Potter Day, Maryland Science Center. Nov. 20, 2010

harry potterBaltimore’s Maryland Science Center invites everyone to join Harry Potter Day, November 20, 2010. The screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in the IMAX theater, will be accompanied by day filled with activities for kids of all ages, from the creation of chemical potions, to a hunt for horcruxes, and mapping of the stars. Cost: Free with paid admission and for members.

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Museum: The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute is a science museum “in the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin” that aims to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning. It offers visiting and permanent exhibitions, an IMAX theatre, planetarium, and school programs and summer camps. Its Center for Innovation in Science Learning provide educators with helpful resources, links, and news stories.

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Museum: National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.

KSMStudentsThe Marian Koshland Science Museum, of the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, DC, aims to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives. The museum’s exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making. Teachers cna visit the Teach and Learn section to find Web quests and class activities for middle and high school students on global warming, infectious diseases, the HIV pandemic, and genetics.

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Museum: The Works, Minn.

The Works museumThe Works: A Hands-On Museum, located in Edina, Minnesota, has many initiatives to promote excellence in elementary engineering education by encouraging, inspiring, informing and supporting teachers. Its Excellence in Elementary Engineering Education conference, a professional development day in November, contains more than 20 breakout sessions on teaching elementary engineering.

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