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Professional Teaching Societies/Informal STEMSS Organizations
and Teacher-related Materials

Many societies and organizations have been founded on providing a venue for PK-16 teachers, students and the general public to learn more about STEMSS disciplines. Professional PK-16 teaching societies provide discipline-specific information, journals, support, educational standards, conferences, and other services. Botanical gardens, zoos, museums and other informal science institutions also provide information for teacher-student field trips, families, and others interested in STEMSS. In addition, some professional societies, such as The American Association for the Advancement of Science, have also developed informal science materials to inform the public about the importance of STEMSS disciplines.

Below are a collection of links, which include teacher professional societies, gardens, museums, etc. which provide teaching and informal STEM resources. STEM topics are organized around Science for All Americans. Social studies topics are found under the "Human Society" topic throughout this website.

Physical Setting | Living Environment | Human Organism | Human Society
Designed World | Mathematical World | Historical Perspective |
General Materials

The Physical Setting
(Astronomy, Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences)

websiteAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Project 2061

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Chemical Society

Association of Astronomy Educators


Earth Science Week

FOSS (Full Option Science System)

Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science (GLEAMS)

JASON Project

Journal of Chemical Education (JCE)

KEEP (K-12 Energy Education Program)

Lawrence Hall of Science (UC-Berkley)

Merck Institute for Science Education

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)

National Marine Educators Association

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

Physics Education Technology (PhET)

Physics for Elementary Teachers

Project WET

Sally Ride Science

SciMath Minnesota

Stellarium [free open-source planetarium]

The Weather Channel

Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers (WAPT)

Wisconsin Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers (WEST)

Wisconsin Science Network

Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST)

Wisconsin Water Library for Kids

The Living Environment
(Paleontology, Life Sciences, Botanical Sciences, Zoological Sciences)

AAAS’ Project 2061

Alliance for the Great Lakes

American Museum of Natural History

American Institute for Biological Sciences’ ActionBioscience

The American Physiological Society’s Archive of teaching resources

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s BioMoleculesAlive

The American Society for Cell Biology’s Cell Biology Education

American Society for Microbiology

Association for Biology Laboratory Education (ABLE)

Association of College & University Biology Educators


BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium (BCC)


Bird Cams
Botanical Society of America’s

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)


Center for Biology Education

Chicago Botanic Garden

Center for Science Education, Education Development Center

Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC)

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

websiteEcological Society of America’s EcoEdNet

Entomological Foundation

Evolution (Understanding Evolution site from U. Cal - Berkley)

The Field Museum (Chicago)

FOSS (Full Option Science System)

Genomics Education Partnership

Great Lakes Aquarium

Great Lakes Educators of Aquatic and Marine Science (GLEAMS)

Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail

Illinois State Museum

Kids Gardening

Kremp Florist: Butterfly Flower Gardening

LEAF (Wisconsin K-12 Forestry)

Life Sciences Education journal

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

Microbial Life

Milwaukee Public Museum

Morton Arboretum

The National Aquarium

The National Arbor Day Foundation

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII)

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

National Science Teachers Association

National Tropical Botanical Gardens

New York Botanical Gardens: Children's Education

New York Times, Science videos collection

North American Association for Environmental Education’s EE-Link

Partnership for Plant-Based Education

PBS Teachers

Plants in Motion

Project BudBurst

Project Learning Tree

Project WILD

Roots & Shoots Program (Jane Goodall Institute)

Sally Ride Science

Science & Plants for Schools

SciMath Minnesota

Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

Signal Transduction Knowledge Environment (STKE)

Teachers Using LIving Plants (TULIP) Project

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. National Arboretum

University of Wisconsin Zoology Museum

Video and Image Data Access (VIDA)

Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education

Wisconsin Elementary and Middle School Science Teachers (WEST)

Wisconsin Fast Plants

Wisconsin Forest Resources Education Alliance

Wisconsin Science Network

Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST)

The Human Organism
(Psychology, Medical Sciences, Psychiatry, Nutrition, Home Economics)

AAAS’ Healthy People Library Project

AAAS’ Project 2061

AAAS’ The Right to Health

American Museum of Natural History

Asthma for Kids

Body World’s

Bristol Meyers Squibb Foundation

Center for Educational Outreach (Baylor College of Medicine)

Changing the Face of Medicine

Children’s Health Education Center

Dolan DNA Learning Center


Human Evolution

National Association of Health & Science Education Partnership

National Health Museum - Access Excellence

National Children’s Study

New York Times, Health videos collection

School Lunch Initiative

Science & Health Education Partnership

Visible Human Project

Human Society
(Knowledge, Data Processing, Religion and Science, Social Sciences, Anthropology, Social Issues, Education, Literature, General Geography and History)

AAAS’ Project 2061

Babel Fish (Language) Translation

Bartleby: Great Books Online

Center for Civic Education

Constitutional Rights Foundation

Creative Commons

Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP)

Google Earth

The History Channel

Junior Achievement

Languages of the World

Library of Congress


Minnesota Historical Society

National Council for Geographic Education

National Council for History Education
National Council for the Social Studies

National Council of Teachers of English

National Council on Economic Education

National Geographic

National History Day

National Museum of the American Indian

TerraServer USA

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Geological Survey 

U.S. National Geography Standards

Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies

Wisconsin Heritage Online

Wisconsin Historical Society


The Designed World
(Technology, Engineering, Agriculture)

A World in Motion (AWIM)

AAAS’ Project 2061

American Society for Engineering Education

Architecture in Education

ASIMO Humanoid Robot

Biotechnology Clearinghouse of Curriculum & Instructional Resources

Center for the Advancement of Scholarship of Engineering Education

Center for Engineering Education

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

Center for Understanding the Built Environment (CUBE)

Children Designing & Engineering

City Technology Project

 websiteComputational Science

Computer Science Teachers Association

Corning Museum of Glass
Design & Discovery: Experiencing Engineering through Design

Edible School Yard

The Engineer of 2020

Engineering is Elementary

Engineering the Future 

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

IEEE Virtual Museum (electrical technology)

Infinity Project: Technology & Engineering Education

Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (Purdue Univer)

International Quilt Study Center & Museum

International Technology Education Association (ITEA)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Learning by Design

Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE)

Materials World Modules

Molecularium (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

NanoKids (Rice U.)

Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE)

National Air and Space Museum

National Building Museum

National Center for Engineering and Technology Education (NCETE)

National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) 

National Engineers Week

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Nanotechnology Initiative

National Park Service 

National Science Digital Library


NetVet (Veterinary Resouces)

OCTE (Office of Career and Technology Education) – Indiana
[start with the “Tech Flash” newsletter archive and “Good News” links]

One Laptop Per Child

Pencil Professor

Plant Files (cultivated)

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Robotics Education

Robotics Competitions

Robotics Platforms

SciMath Minnesota

The Skyscraper Museum

State Educational Technology Directors Association

Strange Matter (Materials Research Society)

Teach Engineering

Too Small To See (Nanotechnology)

University of Wisconsin – Biotechnology Center

What is Engineering?

Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom

Wisconsin Educational Media Association

Wisconsin Farm Bureau  [provides facts and statistics about Wisconsin agriculture ]

Wisconsin Technology Education Association

The Mathematical World

AAAS’ Project 2061

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Berkley Math Circles

Biographies of Mathematicians

Centers for Learning & Teaching (Network)

The Futures Channel

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance


MathWorld [Wolfram Research]

Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics

National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

National Science Digital Library

Project SEED

SciMath Minnesota

US Dept of Education’s Designing Effective Math Instruction

Wisconsin Mathematics Council

Historical Perspectives
(History/Philosophy of Science)

AAAS’ Project 2061

Beyond Discovery: the path from invention to human benefit

Computer History Museum
Hewlett Packard Museum of HP Calculators 

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Museum of Pocket Calculating Devices

National History Day

Nobel Museum

People and Discoveries

General Materials
Abe Books (huge catalog of new, used, rare, & out-of-print books)

AAAS’ Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology

AAAS’ Entry Point

AAAS’ Project 2061 Resources

AAAS’ Science Books & Films

American Association of School Librarians

American Council on Education

American Indian Library Association (AILA)

American Library Association (ALA)

Association for Science Education (ASE)

Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Association of Science Materials Centers

Association of Science Technology Centers

Badgerlink (WI online library)

Battle of the Books

BBC’s Science & Nature

Body World’s

Building a Presence for Science

Center for the Book (Library of Congress)

Center for Curriculum Materials in Science

Center for Instructional Materials and Computing (CIMC at UW- Madison) 

Children’s Book Council

Children’s Book Guild of Washington D.C.

  •  Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award 
    [“The Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award honors an author or author-illustrator whose total work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children. Nonfiction is written or illustrated work which arranges and interprets document-able facts intended to illuminate, without imaginative invention, the following fields of knowledge: science, technology, social science, history, biography, and the arts.”]

Children’s Literacy Assembly Notable Books (annual lists)

Children’s Picture Book Database

Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS)

College of Exploration

Connexions (Rice Univer.)
[open source learning]

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC at UW-Madison)

Cosmic Evolution

Council for Elementary Science International

Council of State Science Supervisors

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (requires subscription)

Discover Magazine

Education Development Center for Science Education

Educational Communications Board (WI)
[multitude of teacher resources for multiple disciplines]

Federal Depository Libraries

Ideas Portal for Wisconsin Educators

Interesting Non-fiction for Kids (INK) blog

International Children’s Digital Library

International Reading Association (IRA)

Internet Public Library

Lexile Framework for Reading

Mad Sci Network

Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Open CourseWare

MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)

Merck Institute for Science Education

Museum of Science & Industry (Chicago)

Minnesota – General Information

Minnesota Early Learning Foundation

Minnesota Kids Page

Minnesota Learning Loop

The National Academies (Science, Engineering, and Medicine) – STEM Education

National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

National Center for Education Information

National Center for Education Statistics

National Center for Science Education

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) 
Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
“The Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts committee is charged each year with selecting 30 notable titles that teachers can use in teaching the language arts—writing, reading, speaking, listening, visually representing, or viewing. Books the committee considers for this annual list are written for children, grades K–8, and include works of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, picture storybooks, and books featuring word play. Even wordless books are eligible. The books must have been published within the previous copyright year…”

National Education Association

National Institute for Reading

National Institute of Science Education

National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA)

National Science Digital Library

National Science Education Leadership Association

National Science Resources Center

National Teachers Hall of Fame

NSTA’s ‘Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12’ list

New York Review of Books

New York Times Science section

Newsweek Educational Material

Ohio STEM Learning Network (OSLN)

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Portal Wisconsin

Praxis Project of Wisconsin

Project Guttenberg

Reference: Web Directory

School Library Journal

SciCentral (science news sources)

Science Animations

Science Channel’s How’s It Made 

Science is Fun

Science Netlinks

Science Books & Films (SB&F) “Best Lists”

Science Museum of Minnesota


SciMath Minnesota

Science Update

Scientific Principals

Smithsonian Institute Education

Society of College Science Teachers

Synergy Learning

System-wide Change for All Learners and Educators (SCALE)

USA: Federal Government Portal

U. S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of State

University of Wisconsin K-12 Web Portal

Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association

Wisconsin – General Information

Wisconsin – Kids Page

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI)

Wisconsin Teacher Enhancement Program (WisTEP)

World Science Festival