Educator Resources

Educator Resources

AAAS Project 2061 Science Assessment Website
The assessment items on this website are the result of more than a decade of research and development by Project 2061, a long-term science education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Here you will find free access to more than 600 items. The items:

  • Are appropriate for middle and early high school students.
  • Test student understanding in the earth, life, physical sciences, and the nature of science.
  • Test for common misconceptions as well as correct ideas.

This website also includes:

  • Data on how well U.S. students are doing in science and where they are having difficulties, broken out by gender, English language learner status, and whether the students are in middle school or high school.
  • “My Item Bank,” a feature that allows you to select, save, and print items and answer keys (requires site registration).
  • A feature that allows you to create and take tests online using items from the item collection (requires site registration).

Intended primarily for teachers, these assessment items and resources will also be useful to education researchers, test developers, and anyone who is interested in the performance of middle and high school students in science.



BOEM Teacher Resources  To encourage an ocean-literate public and an upcoming generation of marine scientists and engineers, BOEM's Environmental Studies Program-sponsored research results are sometimes used to prepare materials for teachers, including video and audio files. Educators, in collaboration with BOEM scientists, develop materials for formal and informal educators using data or information from actual research projects.



AGI’s EarthNote
Find out how Earth science issues influence your life with EarthNotes, summaries of timely information about geoscience issues. Reports on a wide range of topics are contributed by geoscientists. To read more EarthNotes, click here.


Data in the Classroom
Middle and high school teachers interested in using real scientific data in their teaching should visit the NOAA Ocean Data Education Project website. The website offers four learning modules covering El Niño (grades 6–8), Sea Level (grades 6–8), Water Quality (grades 6–8), and Ocean Acidification (grades 10–12). 


EPA Climate Change Website
The site contains information on the science and indicators of climate change, regional impacts, federal and EPA programs and partnerships, and tools for educators and public officials. has set up more than 50 cameras across the world showing animals from puppies to puffins in action, live and streamed online.  Watch brown bears catching salmon at Brooks River in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, a litter of golden retrievers that will be trained as service dogs for wounded veterans, a honey bee colony in their hive in Germany, and many more animals on


FIRST Lego Louisiana Regional
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) offers an opportunity for middle school students to design, build and compete with a robot constructed of LEGOs and to create and deliver a 5-minute research presentation on the annual competition theme.

The inaugural Louisiana Regional Championship was held in 2003 with 15 teams and expanded to over 130 teams in the state with 11 qualifying tournaments leading to the Regional Championship in 2014.

FIRST Lego League qualifying competitions around the state for Louisiana teams are held in November.  The FLL season culminates in the Louisiana regional held in December. 


FIRST Robotics Competition -- Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to “real-world engineering” as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

The Bayou Regional presented by Entergy® is the FRC Competition of Louisiana and Mississippi.  Held in the New Orleans metro area, the Bayou Regional welcomes teams from anywhere in the country and around the world to compete alongside our Louisiana and Mississippi teams.  Held annually in the Spring, the Bayou Regional is organized and run by area volunteers, under the direction of its FIRST Robotics Regional Director and the FRC Bayou Regional Planning Committee.


Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair
The Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair (GNOSEF) is one of the oldest such fairs in the nation. It is held annually and is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Fair is open to any student attending middle or high school in the New Orleans four-parish-area which includes Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes.

Teachers, visit GNOSEF for affiliation forms and to learn about GNOSEF eligibility, rules, categories, critical dates,  exhibit restrictions, judging criteria and more.


Green Ribbon Schools Program (GRS)
Ready to Go Green? Louisiana is participating in the Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) program, which honors schools and school districts that have made significant progress in resource conservation, improving community health, and increasing environmental awareness.

Participation in the program helps to reduce your school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-­on learning. Instruction and activities complement your curriculum with a solid foundation in STEM subjects while teaching civic skills and opening doors to green carrier pathways.

Visit Louisiana’s GRS website to learn more about green initiatives for your class, school, or district.


Hot Wheels® Speedometry™
Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ encourages inquiry and real-world, problem-based learning through play, hands-on activities and in-depth lesson plans. This education curriculum, co-created with researchers at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, combines Hot Wheels® fun, imagination, and action, as well as toys and track to accelerate learning.

Fourth grade teachers request a free classroom kit here (


Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan with the aim of providing a "free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere." For teachers, students and anyone who wants to learn, subjects include: math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.


LIGO – Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Whether you're a K-12 educator, a parent, or an interested student, you should browse our education web pages. There's something fun and educational here for everyone.

  • Classroom Activities - All sorts of activities you can bring to your classroom that concentrate on LIGO, or concepts related to LIGO (such as, waves).
  • Field Trips - Want to take a school field trip to LIGO? Click on this link to book a field trip to one of our two observatories.
  • Try This at Home - Here are some LIGO related activities you can try at home!
  • Ask a LIGO-ite - Do you have a question that's not answered anywhere else on our site? Click here to ask a question of a real LIGO scientist!
  • Bring LIGO to Your Classroom - If you can't bring your class to LIGO, then we may be able to bring a LIGO educator to you. Click here to learn more.
  • Teacher Professional Development - Visit this page to learn about the teacher professional development programs offered through each of our two observatories.
  • Recommended Reading and Video - Some of our favorite resources related to the science behind LIGO.
  • Detection Education Resources - Education materials related to the detection of gravitational waves by LIGO:
  • Detection Science Summary (a 4-page overview of the detection tailored to a casual reader), and
  • LIGO Educator's Guide (a 24-page introductory guide to LIGO and gravitational waves, with 2 simple activities suitable for classroom use). for Educators
Browse the STEM-related professional development opportunities, webinars, workshops, and ways for you and your students to get involved with NASA.


NOAA Photo Library's Photostream
NOAA has launched the social media photo sharing website "NOAA Photo Library's Photostream" on Flickr, the premier Internet photo sharing website. A selection of more than 4,000 photos has been uploaded onto the NOAA Flickr website, a subset of the 47,000 public domain images presently on the NOAA Photo Library. The photos can be viewed in collections, sets, in slideshow format, and by using the Flickr search engine to search for imagery thematically.


Science of Baseball
Download Science of Baseball posters created for the Zephyr's STEM day.
How Far Can a Baseball be Hit? by Tim Schuler, PhD from Tulane University
Baseball and the Brain by Elliott Beaton, PhD at The Stress, Cognition, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Laboratory at the University of New Orleans.


This website is for teachers, parents, and kids of all ages who want to contribute to scientific work through recreational activities and research projects.  Scientists share their work and citizens can get involved through projects that encourage tinkering, building, and exploring.  Projects can be searched by topic, location, and more.  Check out iSeeChange (climate experiences), Tag A Tiny, and more.


Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the United States
The Congressional Research Service offers this report which outlines possible strategies for mitigation, forecasts and warning improvements, as well as the role of the National Weather Service.  The report discusses possible links between severe weather and climate change, as well as what measures to mitigate climate change might reduce future losses from hazards such as tornadoes.


Vernier Free Training Videos
Vernier Software & Technology has created 32 new instructional videos to help educators better use and understand the many features of its most popular STEM technologies, including LabQuest 2, iPad data collection, and many of Vernier’s popular sensors. The videos were developed by Vernier’s technology experts and are found online in the Vernier Video Training Library.

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