Resources

We know that you are always looking for educational resources for your kids, whether they are STEM-related or not. There are a lot of options available, but useful ones can be hard to find. Here are a variety of resources that we have come across that you might find beneficial.

DIY Electronics Stores

Adafruit: DIY electronics and kits and open-source hardware and tutorials
Maker Shed: The online store of Make: magazine and Maker Faire
Sparkfun: Over 2,000 open-source components and widgets plus online tutorials

STEM Activity Websites

Atenasciandplay: Indoor and outdoor STEM activities for toddlers and preschoolers
littleBits: Electronics DIY projects
Rosie Research: Fun science projects that teach real science
Science Sparks: Creative science ideas and experiments for school or home
The STEM Laboratory: Fun STEM activities for kids

Hackathons

Blueprint: Free learnathon and hackathon for local high school students held at MIT
CodeDay: Worldwide event where students get together and build apps & games
Hack Club: This website maintains a list of high school hackathons in the US
MAHacks: Free bi-annual hackathon for high school students in New England (MA)
Major League Hacking (MLH): Student hackathon league powering over 200 events
MetroHacks: Free high school hackathon for high school students in New England
TechTogether: Boston’s largest all-female, femme, and non-binary hackathon

College Prep for Teens

Collegewise: Nation’s largest college counseling organization
College Scoops: Helping parents and students find the right college fit
College Trips and Tips: College tips and travel guide by parents for parents
Edmit: Personalized, transparent pricing and outcomes data on colleges
Gap Year Solutions: Gap year consulting services
Internship Connection: Find STEM internships in Boston, New York City, and Austin
Strategic Academic Success (MA + CT): STEM prep courses and seminars

Girls’ and Women Programs and Organizations

Black Girls Code: Teach girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and digital technology
Girls in Tech: Educates and empowers girls and women who are passionate about technology
Girls Who Code: Hosts free coding programs for girls grades 3-12
Lesbians Who Tech: Community of queer women in tech and the people who love them
MakerGirl: Girls ages 7-10 learn how to design and print their very own 3D object
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing: Community for high school & college women in tech
She Geeks Out: Networking organization for tech and tech-adjacent women and their allies
STEM Study: List of networking, advocacy, and mentorship programs for women and minorities
SWENext: Become part of the Society of Women Engineers as a student ages 13-18
Syracuse University: Career resources with additional materials for educators and parents
TechGirlz: Offers free workshops to get girls interested in different kinds of technology
Technovation Challenge: Girls build a business plan and mobile app that address a community problem
Women in Tech Summit (WITS): Series of events that inspire, educate, and connect women in technology careers

Startup and Tech Jobs in Massachusetts

AngelList: Startup jobs around Boston
Built in Boston: Boston-area job board
LearnLaunch: Edtech job board
Venture Fizz: Tech and startup jobs, news, and insights

STEM Podcasts and Videos for Kids

Brains On!: A science podcast for curious kids
But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids: A show led by kids who submit their questions
I Can Be What?!:  YouTube series that gives kids a sneak peek into the world of STEAM careers
Tumble: Stories are told about science discoveries, with the help of scientists
Wow in the World: Stories about science, technology, and innovation

Magazines

Chop Chop: Cooking magazine for kids that includes recipes, interactive games, and STEM activities
Make: DIY projects involving computers, electronics, robotics, metalworking, and more
Popular Science: Science reporting, technology news, and DIY projects
Scientific American: Guide to advancements in science and technology
Smore Magazine: Science magazine for curious girls and boys

Parenting Support

Moms as Mentors: Resources to empower moms and daughters
Phase2Parenting: Boston resources for raising tweens and teens

Tutoring and Coaching

Beyond BookSmart: Executive Function coaching for students
GoPeer: Connects qualified college undergraduate tutors with K-12 students

Educator Resources

BlocksCAD: Easy-to-use blocks-based CAD tool designed to teach math and coding to grades 3-12
Creative Learning Systems: SmartLab Makerspaces for STEM Grades K-12
CYBER.ORG: Free K-12 cyber education program with age-appropriate content that aligns with state standards
Eduporium: Custom tech bundles for teachers and libraries, including starter activities & in-school workshops
Journal of Emerging Investigators: Science journal & mentorship program publishing research by students
MATHCOUNTS: Fun and challenging math programs for middle school students
MIT Edgerton Center: Free makerspace resources for K-12 educators
Nasco: Customized STEM solutions that engage students, enhance achievement, and expand innovation
OpenSciEd: High-quality freely available science education materials
STEM Grants Services: Free resource for finding and writing STEM grants
Tinkercad: Free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding
Vidcode: JavaScript  & Python coding tutorials that enable students to make portfolios of creative projects

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