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Maine Resources

Maine Robotics

To promote growth and interest in the sciences of engineering and computers; to provide opportunities to instruct teachers, coaches, and mentors in the skills necessary to in turn mentor and teach the youth of Maine. Maine Robotics seeks to provide a supportive, mentoring atmosphere for teachers wishing to pursue advancement in the sometimes daunting world of engineering and computer science. Maine Robotics also seeks to provide a support system for children and youth to learn more about engineering and computer science in an energetic, educational manner.

Potato Farming in Maine’s Changing Climate: Potatoes are an important part of Maine’s economy and as the climate changes, so do growing conditions throughout the state.  Increased drought, pests, storm intensity and changes in temperatures have created new challenges for farmers in Maine, but also new opportunities.  In this module, students investigate some of the challenges facing Maine farmers, with a particular look at potato farmers, and explore some of the changes and solutions being tried as farmers and scientists work together to build a more climate resilient future for our community.

Models, Food Webs and a Warming Gulf of Maine: How do scientists use models to understand what is happening in an ecosystem? How is the marine food web changing as a result of warming ocean waters in the Gulf of Maine? This curriculum asks students to explore some of the potential impacts and consequences that climate change, and specifically warming oceans, will have on marine ecosystems. As the answers to these questions are not fully understood, this curriculum has students using scientific modeling and data analysis to explore ideas, connections, and potential outcomes of a changing climate.

Maine Science Listserv

This list is maintained by Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA). The purpose of this listserv is to provide a forum for Maine Science Educators to share and receive information related to science education and opportunities provided through Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.

Maine Department of Education

Life Science

HHMI Biointeractive

At BioInteractive, you can find award-winning multimedia resources, including apps, animations, videos, interactives, and virtual labs, to bring the excitement of scientific discovery into your classroom.

Tree Plenish

Empowering students to create a more sustainable and equitable future through community tree-planting

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree uses trees and forests as windows on the world to increase students’ understanding of the environment and actions they can take to conserve it. From its beginnings in 1976, PLT has exemplified high-quality environmental education.

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

ISRI in partnership with JASON Learning has launched a recycling education campaign for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The campaign includes lesson plans, hands-on activities, and interactive web-based experiences, all focused on the importance of recycling and the scrap industry.

Environmental Education Virtual Field Trips for Nature Lovers

Botanical Gardens and Flower Garden Tours, Virtual Tours of National Parks, Online Nature Museums and Virtual Classrooms,Tour the World Biomes, & Wildlife and Aquarium Live Cams

National Geographic Explorer Classroom

Join Explorer Classroom — a live interactive session that connects young people with National Geographic Explorers — to hear behind-the-scenes stories and interact with cutting-edge scientists, researchers, and powerful storytellers from around the globe. All events are free, open to the public, and include an instructional guide to help learners get the most out of the experience. Events Schedule: Events for ages 4-8 are Mondays at 11am ET, events for ages 9-14 are Thursdays at 10am & 2pm ET, with special events added on a rolling basis.

Earth and Space Science

NASA –Explore STEM Resources for K-12 Educators

RadTown Usa

The U.S. EPA launched New Radiation Education Website to help kids learn about radiation in their town: where it is and how it’s used. Explore the Burbs, Countryside, Downtown or Waterfront.

North American Association for Environmental Education Resources for Climate Change

Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and Suggestions

Physical Science

Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry

Free Resources to help teach the big ideas about energy in your high school chemistry classroom! Exercises, lab investigations, videos, and demos focus on the fundamentals of chemical, mechanical, nuclear, and gravitational energy.

PBS: Chemistry Matters 

ACS: Chemistry for Life

Shift to Authenticity in High School Chemistry by Kate Drummond

Engineering and Technology

CYBERMission Free Student Competition

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics competition for 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grade teams. Your team will propose a solution to a real problem in your community and compete for State, Regional, and National Awards.

Citizen Science

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