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Corridor STEM Initiative


According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the next seven years, more than a million jobs will open up that require specialized technology skills. Unfortunately, there won’t be enough qualified college graduates to fill these positions.

How do we get more students interested in STEM careers?

Results from the May 2011,“STEM Perceptions: Student and Parent Survey” Harris Interactive online survey, indicate that the answer to this question varies by gender.

  • Forty-nine percentForty-nine percent of female STEM students say it was to make a difference.

  • 61% of male students said that games or toys in their childhoods sparked their interest.

  • For 68% of the female respondents, a teacher or class got them interested in science, math, engineering or technology.

Teachers can make a difference!

Here are some web resources to help you get your students more interested in STEM:


Museum of Science, Boston
The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE) project at the Museum of Science, Boston supports student engineering and technological literacy.


Teach Engineering


The 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.


Teachers' Domain


Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners.

Learning Media


Learning Media is a digital media service designed to bring the best of public media produced specifically for educators from PBS, WGBH and 55 other public media partners.



An interactive website for everyone--students, K-12 teachers and informal educators, parents and guardians, and anyone else with an interest in engineering.

PBS Dragonfly TV


Videos of actual scientists from PBS’s Dragonfly TV program, that can get your kids thinking about careers in science.

Science Afterschool


A collection of science materials reviewed by the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at the University of California, with support from the SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool

Science Buddies
Learn about careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. Look through detailed information on over 100 careers and discover what scientists really do and what it takes to prepare for these careers. Basic career information including salary, job outlook, as well as how to prepare for this career can be found here.  There are also videos featuring interviews with real scientists or on the job profiles


National Science Teachers Association

The National Science Teachers Association


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership


Sponsor of CSI, the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP) teachers can find resources as well as information about other programs in the area.




Iowa's STEM Education Roadmap, a strategic plan, can be downloaded from this site. The plan was put together to focus our state's wealth of talents on an Iowa imperative for a STEM-literate citizenry and globally competitive workforce.


Discover Engineering


This website is designed to introduce youth to engineering. Includes brief profiles of engineering careers, videos that feature kids completing the work of engineering, games and activities that allow students to investigate the world of engineering. 

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