SWFLN Webinars On-Demand

Makerspaces: Taking Them to the Next LevelFebruary 05, 2020Brian Pichman
Getting Started with Makerspaces (Closed Captioning Available)November 06, 2019Brian Pichman
Setting Up a Virtual Reality Lab
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August 16, 2019Stephanie Rollins, Ph.D
Exploring Advanced Educational Technology Over 100 Dollars
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July 10, 2019Brian Pichman
Maker Webinar Exploring Educational Technology Under 100 Dollars 0
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June 11, 2019Stephanie Rollins, Ph.D
Building Online Courses for Staff and Patrons
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May 30, 2019Brian Pichman
Artificial Intelligence Implications for Libraries
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May 08, 2019Brian Pichman
Music Technology Cheap, Quiet, and Fun
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April 29, 2019Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting STEAM Done for Little to No Money
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March 19, 2019Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting STEAM Done for Little to No Money
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March 19, 2019Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Teaching STEAM Through Video Games
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February 26, 2019Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Virtual Reality
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February 1, 2019Stephanie Rollins, Ph.D.
To Infinity and Beyond! Physics & Rocket Science for Kids (Closed Captioning Available)November 13, 2018Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Introduction to Digitization (Closed Captioning Available)March 02, 2018Krystal Thomas and Keila Zayas-Ruiz
STEAM Fiction: Ideas for Connecting Literature to STEAM (Closed Captioning Available)February 01, 2018Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
STEAM Recycled: Low Budget (or FREE) STEAM
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January 04, 2018Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Making to Make a Difference (Closed Captioning Available)October 05, 2017Mara Hitner, MatterHackers
The S.T.E.A.M. Games: Teaching through Games and Competitions (Closed Captioning Available)July 06, 2017Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Music and Art = Loud and Messy? Not always! (Closed Captioning Available)June 08, 2017Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Makerspace Management - Adding S.T.E.A.M. Without Blowing Your Top (Closed Captioning Available)May 04, 2017Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
The Future of Technology (Closed Captioning Available)March 09, 2017Brian Pichman
Kickin It Old School: Low-Tech Solutions in S.T.E.A.M. (Closed Captioning Available)January 27, 2017Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting S.T.E.A.M.y in the Library: MusicAugust 17, 2016Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting S.T.E.A.M.y in the Library: ArtJune 15, 2016Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting S.T.E.A.M.y in the Library: Engineering and BuildingApril 13, 2016Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Makers All Around You: Being Creative in Your Library and Beyond24-February, 2016FLA Continuing Education Event
Getting S.T.E.A.M.y in the Library: The Technology Behind S.T.E.A.M.10-February, 2016Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting S.T.E.A.M.y in the Library: The Science of S.T.E.A.M.December 15, 2015Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Getting S.T.E.A.M.y in the Library October 13, 2015Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ( STEM) – The BasicsNovember 08, 2013Angela Young

STEAM Resources

With the plethora of resources available regarding STEM education, it can be daunting to know where to begin your search. The sites listed are intended to be a helpful starting point for learning about STEM standards, getting ideas for lesson plans, finding STEM resources, and discovering opportunities for all ages to engage in STEM within the state of Florida.

STEAM General Resources

getSTEM  is a program which organizes events, provides resources (links, RSS feed, media) and creates discussion through forums in order to increase student and educator engagement in STEM fields.
eGFI is a program offering classroom activities, lesson plans, news, outreach programs and web resources for K-12 educators to enhance their students’ math and science skills through engaging, exciting classroom activities.
Girls Go Tech  is a gateway for young girls of all backgrounds to discover careers and organizations which will engage and education them in STEM fields.
High Tech Kids is a nonprofit organizations that works hard to inspire kids to build confidence, create opportunities and thrive in the 21st century through high energy, fun, team-based programs and competitions that celebrate science and technology.
National Geographic Kids is an online portal to various games, videos, blogs and other resources meant to engage kids in biological, environmental, and other nature-related sciences.
Education World provides a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.
ERIC – the Education Resources Information Center – is an online digital library of education research and information.
NARST is a worldwide organization of professionals committed to the improvement of science teaching and learning through research
The Association for Science Teacher Education is an international association of science teacher educators, scientists, science coordinators and supervisors, and informal science educators who prepare and provide professional development for teachers of science at all grade levels
BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement.
Project Lead the Way –  PLTW partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning..
Companies to Classrooms is a non-profit organization that supports students and teachers by providing educational supplies free of charge through the operation of a store staffed by volunteers and stocked with recycled or excess supplies and inventories donated by local businesses.
Carnegie STEM Girls Working with girls age 11 – 17 and their parents, teachers, and mentors, we draw organizations, stakeholders, and communities together in an effort to ensure that girls succeed in math and science.
NCWIT Programs-in-a-Box are comprehensive resources for accomplishing a parity goal. Computer Science-in-a-Box: Unplug Your Curriculum introduces youth ages 9 – 14 to the fundamental building blocks of computer science — without using computers. Lessons address critical mathematics and science concepts such as number systems, algorithms, and manipulating variables and logic.
Mentor Network from The Association for Women in Mathematics has developed a mentor network for women and girls who are interested in mathematics. Mentors are located at colleges and universities throughout the country. The Web site offers the option to mentor or be mentored by submitting a request form to determine needs and interests.
NGCP Program Directory The online Program Directory lists organizations and programs that focus on motivating girls to pursue STEM careers. The purpose of the directory is to help organizations and individuals network, share resources, and collaborate on STEM-related projects for girls. When you sign up for the Program Directory, you will enter your program description, resources available within your organization, program and/or organizational needs, and contact information.
The National Girls Collaborative Project sends out a monthly newsletter sharing resources and projects with the public on gender equity in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
PBS Design Squad introduces kids to engineering by offering STEM-related videos and a community for kids/teens to get inspired and share creative ideas. Design Squad also has a parents and educators section with STEM guidelines, lessons and classroom-ready resources.

Science Education Resources

NASA aids both educators and students K-12 and post-secondary with providing and locating classroom resources and materials such as podcasts and video segments that help to inspire and engage students.
FOSS (Full Option Science System) is an inquiry-based science curriculum which offers activities and resources for grades K-8 in chemistry, biology, physics, planetary science, food science, earth science, anatomy and physiology, environmental science and geology.
BrainU is an organization which provides resources (glossary, standards, etc.), lessons, and interesting information for Grade 5-12 educators in the field of neuroscience.
The Common Core Standards provides a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in order to create a united front on the part of teachers and parents to help their students prepare for the future.
SciGirls aims to increase engagement among young women in different fields of science by providing information on oceans, technology, machines, earth science, mathematics, environmental science, and athletic science.
American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.
Association for Women in Science AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of STEM subjects across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women can achieve their full potential in these fields.
Try Science is a gateway to the exciting world of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide.
Science Buzz is a website focused on science in the news, emerging research, and seasonal science.
CELLS alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.
The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network provides extensive support in nanoscale fabrication, synthesis, characterization, modeling, design, computation and hands-on training in an open, hands-on environment, available to all qualified users.
National Science Teachers Association NSTA is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
Cyber Degrees A Cyber Security Degree Info Center to help visitors understand degree options.

Engineering Education Resources

Engineering is Elementary is a program aiming to increase engineering literacy and engineering education by manufacturing curricular materials which integrate engineering and technology concepts with science lessons.
TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers engineering content for K12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms.
SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
The EngineerGirl website is part ofan NAE project to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.
Engineer Your Life is a guide to engineering for high school girls, which provides information on what engineering is, and how it is useful for women in the workforce.
The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. is a leading resource to help educate visitors on the different engineering specialties and educational opportunities available.

Mathematics Education Resources

Common Core Standards is an organization which aims to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so that teachers and parents are equipped to help their students fully prepare for the future.
The Rational Numbers Project is a program promoting the use of an educational model which teaches fractions in a way that emphasizes connections among different representations.
Figure This! provides mathematical challenges for families and interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families.
Illuminations is a resource in different areas of education, including: online schools, home school curriculum, math tutoring and many more.
The Math Forum’s mission is to provide resources, materials, activities, person-to-person interactions, and educational products and services that enrich and support teaching and learning in an increasingly technological world.
At Home with Math The ten everyday math activities kit helps build math into the things most families already do–ordinary routines such as figuring out ways to save money, to share fairly, or to get somewhere on time. With these activities, children practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and using other important math skills while doing tasks that are a regular part of life.
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development and research.
K5 Learning
is a teaching resource that has free math worksheets for grades 1-6, as well as Pre-K and kindergarten worksheets and multimedia reading and math lessons