S.T.E.M. Curriculum Resources
Aquarium of the Bay. Classroom activity guides, tips for a successful visit, educator events, information about booking the BayMobile & more.
California Academy of Sciences. Summer programs that serve San Francisco residents can apply for free field trips between June 11 and August 16! Open the Youth Group application and input the 2019 promo code (SFSUMMERINVITE). Submit multiple applications if your group would like to visit multiple times.
Children’s Creativity Museum. The Children’s Creativity Museum features innovative multi-media art and technology experiences for children ages 2-12. Excellent place for a field trip.
Exploratorium. From mobile apps to classroom activities, from a behind-the-scenes look at ideas we’re tinkering with to the vast riches of our Explore section, our teaching tools support educators and provide hundreds of ways to play and learn. For all ages, in both formal and informal learning settings, these essential tools spark curiosity, exploration, and understanding.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The Golden Gate National Parks are extraordinary classrooms for connecting students with our history, culture, and natural environment. In partnership with the National Park Service and other community organizations, the Parks Conservancy offers a variety of resources and programs designed for educators looking for creative ways to expand their curriculum.
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Bring the enormous appeal of the ocean to your class to teach science, art and language arts. Sanctuary education programs offer science field trips, classroom programs, exhibit discovery experiences, student field monitoring opportunities, teacher workshops and resources.
Mission Science Workshop. MSW operates two bilingual community science centers that provide hands-on science enrichment activities to underserved youth from low-income communities, their schools and families. Play, tinker, and learn!
RAFT: Resource Area for Teaching. RAFT leverages community donations and bulk purchasing to offer a wide range of low-cost materials, hands-on teaching tools, and school supplies. Online resources include content to help meet the needs for a wide variety of subjects, standards, and curriculum.
Recology. Education programs range from printed signage and sorting guides, to hands-on training. Field trips can be booked at their Environmental Learning Center and at their recycling center facilities.
San Francisco Botanical Garden. Field trips and teacher packets with information about the thousands of plant species to be found at the garden.
San Francisco Zoo. Designed to enhance lessons in biology, zoology, and ecology, these resources will help connect your learners to wildlife.
The Presidio. The Presidio serves as an active outdoor classroom for students and teachers. Drawing on the natural and cultural heritage of the park, the park's school programs offer authentic, real-world learning that support 21st century skills.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Free science lessons and tools for K-12.
Bill Nye the Science Guy. Guides to fun science projects and experiments.
Community Resources for Science. Teaching tools, science activities, personalized planning support & more.
Dirtmeister’s Science Lab. Fun experiments and activities related to physical, earth, and life science.
eGFI Dream Up the Future. Lesson plans, activities, outreach programs and links to web resources.
Family Education. Science and health projects & activities.
Howtosmile. 3,500 free science and math activities from science museums, public television stations, universities, and other educational organizations.
KidsHealth. Free health-related lesson plans aligned to National Health Education Standards.
Learn With Math Games. Fun math games for pre-K to 8.
Make: Learn. Online courses on maker topics, kits, books, and tips on hosting a student Maker Faire.
Math is Fun. Easy to learn, enjoyable math activities.
Maths Chase. Fun, engaging math-related games.
National Wildlife Federation’s Educational Resources. Through programs, curriculum, scientific reports, and more, the National Wildlife Federation is furthering knowledge about nature and wildlife, and inspiring future environmental stewards.
NASA STEM Engagement. A digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels.
PBS LearningMedia. KQED and PBS-curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for California teachers.
Rainforest Alliance. Games, activities, articles for kids, and more. Have fun while learning all about rainforests and the people and wildlife that call them home.
SF Department of the Environment’s Food to Flowers Educational Materials. Learn how the leftovers (and packaging!) from your lunch can turn into the flowers in a garden.
Steve Spangler Science. Easy science experiments and science fair project ideas.
Teach Engineering. Hands-on K-12 curricular units, lessons, activities, and maker challenges.
Weather Wiz Kids. Lots of interesting information about weather, created and curated by a meteorologist.
Wildlife of the San Francisco Bay. With detailed checklists for mammals, birds and other animals, identification resources and extensive guides to viewing locations, this website provides a unique, comprehensive portal to the world of Bay Area wildlife watching.
Worldmapper. A collection of world maps, called cartograms, in which territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. Warning: major rabbit hole (in the best way)!
California Academy of Sciences (See Local Organizations section for instructions on booking free summer field trips)
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