• Integrated Elementary Activities

    Integrated Elementary Activities

    Integrated Technology, Engineering, & Design Education Activities For the Elementary School These free activities were developed by elementary school teachers in collaboration with NC State University. These hands-on activities are meant to augment instruction and provide engaging and meaningful STEM lessons to K-5 students. The activities provide the appropriate grade range, time frame, curricular alignment, technology education integration, objectives, and needed materials. Sign in to receive all 26 activities free!
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  • Demo Survey

    Demo Survey

    Click the link below to see a demo page for the 3D Modeling Self-efficacy survey. This page displays the real data from the survey and updates in real-time as the survey is taken. Register for ConnectingSTEM for full access to the free resources and data.
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  • 3D-SE


    3D Modeling Self-Efficacy
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  • CIS


    Student STEM Career Interest Survey The STEM Career Interest Survey (STEM-CIS) was developed based on constructs of the social cognitive career theory (Lent, Brown, & Hackett, 1994) address calls in the literature for ways to effectively measure students’ interest in STEM classes and careers.  The 44-item survey was administered to over 1,000 middle school students (grades 6–8) who primarily were in rural, high-poverty districts in the southeastern USA.  Confirmatory factor analyses indicate that the STEM-CIS is a strong, single factor instrument and also has four strong, discipline-specific subscales, which allow for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subscales to be administered separately or in combination. This instrument has been translated into Turkish and is being used in many studies across the US and in Turkey.   Citation: Kier, M. W., Blanchard, M. R., Osborne, J. W., & Albert, J. L. (2014).  The development of the STEM career interest survey (STEM-CIS).  Research in Science Education, 44(3), 461-481.
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  • T-STEM


    Teacher Efficacy and Attitudes toward STEM Survey (T-STEM) The T-STEM surveys are intended to measure changes in STEM educators’ confidence and efficacy toward STEM; their attitudes toward 21st-century learning and teacher leadership; the frequency with which they use some instructional practices related to STEM; and the frequency of student technology use. The surveys are available to help program coordinators make decisions about possible improvements to their program.
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  • S-STEM


    Student Attitudes toward STEM Survey (S-STEM) The Upper Elementary (4-5th) and the Middle and High School (6-12th) Student Attitudes toward STEM Surveys (S-STEM) each contain four scales (sets of surveys items that most confidently describe a single characteristic of the survey-taker when the responses to these items are calculated as a single result). The first five scales consists of Likert-scale questions which ask the respondent about their confidence and attitudes toward math, science, engineering and technology, and21st-centuryy learning respectively. Final items in the surveys ask students about their attitudes toward 12 different STEM career areas, their performance expectations for themselves in the next year, whether or not they have plans to attend postsecondary school, and whether or not they know adults who work in STEM fields.
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  • STL


    Standards for Technological Literacy
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  • CCSS: Math

    CCSS: Math

    Common Core State Standards: Math
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  • NGSS


    Next Generation Science Standards
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  • The Nature of Technology

    The Nature of Technology

    Everyone recognizes that such things as computers, aircraft, and genetically engineered plants are examples of technology, but for most people, the understanding of technology goes no deeper. (more…)
  • Standard 1

    Standard 1

    Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and scope of technology.

  • Benchmark 1-A

    Benchmark 1-A

    The natural world and human-made world are different.
  • Benchmark 1-B

    Benchmark 1-B

    All people use tools and techniques to help them do things.
  • Benchmark 1-C

    Benchmark 1-C

    Things that are found in nature differ from things that are human-made in how they are produced and used.
  • Benchmark 1-D

    Benchmark 1-D

    Tools, materials, and skills are used to make things and carry out tasks.
  • Benchmark 1-E

    Benchmark 1-E

    Creative thinking and economic and cultural influences shape technological development.