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Online Learning Resources

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AACT Resources -

A collection of classroom resources for K-12 chemistry from the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT). "In response to the growing need to teach chemistry remotely, selected AACT resources are unlocked and freely available to the chemistry community through March 31. These resources include activities, animations, projects, simulations, and videos for middle school, high school, and Advanced Placement/general chemistry."

Access and Inclusion in Online Science Education -

To support teachers in online science education for all, the Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility working group of MnSTA developed a screencast in Google slides to support your work with all students.  The screen cast overviews Universal Design for Learning, includes tips for preparing online content and instructional methods and provides resources to support teachers in learning more about accessibility features on both MAC and PC platforms. If you prefer a Google Slide Deck version, go here:

ACS Middle School Chemistry -

Multimedia animations and video demonstrations from the American Chemical Society.

Air Quality Egg -

The Egg is a WiFi-enabled device that uses sensors to record changes in the levels of specified air contaminants. An integrated, versatile, and fun learning tool with open-source hardware, a robust web and mobile application, and Next Generation Science Standards curriculum. Air Quality Egg is opening up exclusive educator access to ALL during COVID19 school closures. Educator access to the Air Quality Egg Portal ( includes NGSS curriculum, Google Classroom integration, pre-populated lab data, and more!

Amoeba Sisters -

We are two sisters on a mission to demystify science with humor and relevance by creating free videos, GIFs, handouts, resources, and comics.

Arboretum Field Trip in-a-Box for K-6 Students & Teachers -

Based on our popular grade school Arboretum Fall-season Field Trip and Plantmobile themes, new mailed-to-you Field Trip in-a-Box Classroom Activity Sets provide Arboretum style hands-on plant science experiences no matter if you are in-person, on-line, or in a hybrid learning model. Choose from Apples & Pollinators (Grades 1-6), Minnesota Harvest Time (Grades 1-3), or It’s a Bulbs Life (Grades K-2). Sets are $175, price includes supplies for 32 students plus a teacher and also includes shipping. Online ordering is open with multiple shipping dates through December. Winter/Spring sets coming soon. 

AVID Open Access -

AVID Open Access™ is an open educational resource that provides practical, easy-to-use strategies to include in your digital classroom.

Big River Journey Online! -

The National Park Service award-winning Big River Journey program has connected over 65,000 students to the science and heritage of the Mississippi River and its watershed. CGEE is proud to use our decades of multimedia production experience to bring Big River Journey to life online. 

bioGraphic for Educators -

These immersive infographics, data visualizations, and videos make great interactive learning resources for secondary students or science teachers. All come straight from bioGraphic, a multimedia magazine powered by the California Academy of Sciences.

Boundary Waters Educators Resources -

To meet the wide and shifting range of needs in Minnesota schools at this time, we are now providing FREE online resources.

Bozeman Science -

Video lessons by Paul Anderson in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and NGSS

BrainPOP Science -
BrainPOP’s new middle school science solution designed to help 6-8th grade science teachers navigate changes to standards, assessments, and learning environments. It consists of student driven, phenomena based, multi-day investigations. Our investigations empower students to examine phenomena, collect evidence, articulate claims, and reasoning, and check their understanding along the way.
Chem Ed Xchange -

Chemical Education Xchange provides a place for chemistry teachers to collaborate. "As schools are closing their doors and moving to an online platform in hopes minimizing the spread of COVID-19, many instructors in our chemistry education community are scrambling to pull together resources and lessons that they can use over the coming weeks. Social media is buzzing as educators share their ideas and suggestions. ChemEd X will compile a running list of tips and ideas during this time."

Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education -

Searchable list of resources that includes some simulations.   – NSF funded

Concord Consortium -

Interactive STEM activities.

Cornell Lab - All About Birds -

Are you a teacher prepping for a new kind of remote class? We’ll send you ideas.

CrashCourse -

Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel. Check out the playlists for past courses in physics, philosophy, games, economics, U.S. government and politics, astronomy, anatomy & physiology, world history, biology, literature, ecology, chemistry, psychology, and U.S. history.

Decoding Science -

A free resource from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to help understand how science works.

Determining and Measuring Earth's Layered Interior - Online Student Exploration -

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) has developed an online lab in which students use seismic data to understand the structure of the earth's interior.

Earth@Home -

Earth@Home is your free online toolkit for learning about Earth and its 4.5-billion-year history. 

Exploration of Physics -

Comprehensive software library of physics simulations and labs covering a full year of introductory physics – Mechanics, Waves, Heat, Fluids, Optics, and Electricity & Magnetism.

Exploratorium -

Make sense of timely topics and find general science support for your virtual classroom or learning together at home.


Flinn At-Home Science -

Flinn Scientific has 5 ways to help you with your remote-learning lessons.

Generation Genius -

A collection of fun science & math lessons that cover nearly 100% of the topics in the Minnesota state standards for grades K-8.

Glencoe virtual labs -

Virtual labs and animations created by Glencoe.

HHMI Biointeractive animations -

These animations can help your students visualize scientific concepts and processes in the areas of biology, biochemistry, and some earth science.

HHMI Biointeractive multimedia -

Virtual labs and interactive videos.

Home Science Tools -

Science projects to try at home

Infiniscope -

Infiniscope is a NASA-funded project out of Arizona State University's Center for Education Through eXploration. We develop digital learning experiences you can fold right into your in-person or online classroom that are inquiry-based,  NGSS-aligned, and designed for active learning.

LabXchange -

LabXchange curates and creates digital content at no cost to you.

Lawrence at Home -

On this site The Lawrence Hall of Science will be sharing fun things for you to do at home or outdoors. Kids and families can look forward to exploring, investigating, discovering and inventing through DIY projects, meeting animal friends, science demonstrations and shows, astronomy and nature walks - PLUS, ways for parents to connect with each other and the Lawrence Hall.

Learn Chemistry with Online EdX -

Find free online chemistry courses covering a broad range of topics from quantum mechanics to the science behind what we eat. Learning chemistry, understanding chemical equations, discovering the atomic structure, chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, and more can be achieved through online learning today.

Learning Undefeated - Anywhere Labs Distance Learning -

Program components include real-time, mobile-friendly access to standards-aligned laboratory investigations, multimedia STEM resources, collaborative assignment tools, and interactive assessments.

Living River Online -

Based on the Living River paddleboat field trip and associated with the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Living River Online (LRO) is a program that introduces students to the Mississippi River floodplain forest along with two of its species, the northern pike and mussels.

Making Molecules: Dot Structures and Ionic Compounds -

This simulation provides practice in building Lewis Dot Structures from atoms and ionic compounds from the component ions. Small screen devices such as tablets and smartphones are not recommended for this simulation.

The McDonald Observatory K-12 education team has created a set of online professional development activities and videos.
My Molecularium -

My Molecularium is a fun and challenging molecule building game. Launch atoms at target bond sites to assemble essential molecules of increasing complexity and difficulty. Move your device to direct your shots using our innovative laser-guided aim.

Have fun learning about molecules as you play.

NASA STEM @ Home Resources -
Back-To-School learning adventure with lesson plans, hands-on activities, virtual learning tips and more.
Netlogo -

NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. It is used by many tens of thousands of students, teachers and researchers worldwide. It also powers HubNet participatory simulations.

NOVA Interactives -

With NOVA's interactive collection, students can visualize billions of years of geological history, dive into a black hole, visit the world's southernmost Adelie penguin colony, and much more! 

NOVA Labs -

Labs and videos on a few topics

OpenSciEd -

Simulation for science grades 6 - 8. The simulations in this library are used as part of the OpenSciEd units.

Pasco -

Free Access to Science Lab Activities That Support Distance Learning


PBS Learning Media -

Multimedia resources from PBS. You can find resources for Emergency School Closings grouped by grade level HERE

PhET Simulations -

The PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.

Physical Sciences Resource Center -

Your source for physics educational resources and simulations. Includes distance learning articles "replacing Lab Report Grading by Online Lab Quizzes", and "Adapting RealTime Physics for Distance Learning with the IOLab "

Project Albatross -

Project Albatross is a 100% volunteer initiative that exists to provide resources and instruction for Biology learners who are not able to access regular school-based instruction during the COVID-19 crisis. It has two major goals:

  1. Connect biology students who want to learn in a synchronous learning environment, but are currently unable to due to the closure of their school with biology teachers who are able to provide 30-minute lessons on particular topics.

  2. Provide students with a collection of biology learning resources that have been vetted and curated by biology educators.

Project Hero -

Project Hero is a project-based learning tool and framework that connects young heroes to information about threatened species & ecosystems guiding them on a Quest to uncover and implement solutions to help locally.

Project WET Home and Distance Learning Resources -

As COVID-19 (aka the Coronavirus) has forced school closures for the foreseeable future and cancels professional development training for teachers, Project WET wants to ensure that water education continues for people of all ages. We have created a suite of free and discounted resources that educators, parents and children can use to learn about water while meeting standards in math, language arts, science and even fine arts. We hope this helps educators and students continue learning and exploring during this pandemic.

Raptor Lab -

The Raptor Center has an online learning tool that we've implemented in classrooms around the Twin Cities called Raptor Lab. It puts students in the shoes of researchers and vets and walks them through clinic cases based on real life.

Science at Home -

3M has launched a new, free-to-use digital program for teachers called Science At Home, where 3M scientists and engineers will produce simple, educational experiments that reinforce core scientific principles using commonly found household items.

Science By Simulation -

Welcome to Science By Simulation. We are enabling modern science education through innovative software tools based on modeling and simulation techniques. These tools are designed to be incorporated into undergraduate and high school courses in both pure and applied sciences, allowing students and teachers to turn their laptops and tablets into powerful virtual labs and analytical platforms. All of our tools are web apps, so there is nothing to install and you can get started instantly. Our current offerings are in the areas of chemistry, physics, geosciences, and environmental science.

Science Museum of Minnesota - Online STEM Education -

The Science Museum of Minnesota provides both free and paid resources for K-12 learners to explore science and spark a lifelong passion for STEM.

SEPUP: Science Education for Public Understanding Program -

In order to support the middle-grade science educator community during this challenging time, SEPUP is making available NGSS-aligned free resources for remote learning.

SimBucket -

Chemistry and Physics simulations including chemistry simulations formerly on ChemThink.

STEAMatwork4kids -

A website targeted at kids, ages 8 - 12. The site's goal is for kids to "explore the rich diversity of topics and people in STEAM careers."

STEM Activities and Games -

A listing of activities and games, many of which can be done at home.

STEM From The Start -

STEM From The Start is a series of view-and-do lessons from New Hampshire PBS that enables parents and teachers to teach STEM effectively to children in the early elementary grades. All lessons and supporting materials are free to stream or download

STEM Sims -

Guided inquiry activities, both science and engineering. Wide variety of topics.

Teach Outdoors! Minnesota -

A coalition of support for outdoor instruction during COVID-19 and beyond. 

Teach with Inspark -

Inspark Smart Courses include textbook replacements, labs, lessons, simulations, and projects. See how active learning can promote a virtuous circle of student curiosity, discovery, and exploration. Adopt or adapt, it's up to you.

Inspark is offering all resources at no cost to support institutions responding to COVID-19.

teach@home: Daily Lessons & Activities -

Free daily lessons and activities in math, literacy and STEM delivered by teachers for K-5.

 SIX of the best Periodic Law / Periodic Table teaching/learning tools and resources FREE!

The Particle Adventure Home Page -

An award winning tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors.

Vernier -

App that can be downloaded for experiments using a smart phone, plus video analysis and experimental data that can be analyzed online

Water Guardians -

Water Guardians is a free curriculum consisting of five lesson plans that will take your students on a journey from the start of the Mississippi River, down to the Gulf of Mexico, and off to other parts of the world. During this time you and your students will learn about the global water crisis and be inspired to make change in your own communities and beyond.

Waters to the Sea® Mississippi River Adventure -

Hamline University's Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) is pleased to offer teachers a suite of free, award-winning online resources about America's greatest waterway for students in grades 4-8. Our acclaimed Waters to the Sea® Mississippi River Adventure provides standards-based, in-depth multimedia learning in a Story Map format that supports learners as they take a deep dive into STEAM, history, geography, and cultural explorations about the great river.

WISE: Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment -

The Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) provides standards-aligned online inquiry science units. Our team is now working directly with teachers to implement, customize, and create web-based distance learning curricula for their students.

Wolf Ridge - Adventures in Learning - Online -

As learning moves online for schools and families, Wolf Ridge is excited to provide standards-based lessons for learners of all ages. Students explore Wolf Ridge and their own backyards – experiencing nature from a variety of perspectives including – science, history, culture, art, and literature.

Working River Online: A Virtual Journey to the Falls -

Mississippi Park Connection introduces Working River Online, enabling 4-6th grade students and teachers to explore the river’s rich geology, history and power for free!

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