Audience: For OAN Partners and Programs

Application: Use the following best practices and tools to create professional development for staff at your programs.

Broadening Perspectives on Broadening Participation in STEM – A Toolkit – This Toolkit was produced by CAISE, the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education, and provides strategies and tools for trainers and educators who are looking for ways to strengthen efforts to broaden participation.

SciGirls Strategies: How to Engage Girls in STEM – These strategies create a more gender equitable and culturally responsive learning environment that inspires, engages, and helps girls thrive in engineering and STEM more broadly. This book outlines the educational approach, rooted in what research has revealed engages girls in STEM. These strategies have also been proven to work with all learners. 

STEM Teaching Tools – The STEM Teaching Tools site has tools to help providers teach STEM. Each tool is focused on a specific issue and leverages the best knowledge from research and practice. Under the News section, you can learn a bit more about how you might use them. Review more resources in the Tools area and check out the online short courses.

Access Computing Online Learning Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities may want to adopt specific strategies for learning as they transition to online courses. Many students with disabilities have shared their experiences and recommendations for online learning; the DO-IT Center has compiled the advice into easy digestible resources including technological resources.


Audience: Programs, Youth and Families

Application: Share the following activities with programs, families, and youth for additional engineering and STEM at home.

TryEngineering COVID-19 Response eLearning – TryEngineering has curated free resources available to support teachers and parents for learning at home.

DiscoveryE at Home Engineering  – Tips and advice for engaging youth in the engineering design process and how this youth-centered learning strategy can work for afterschool professionals and families at home. 


Audience: OAN Partners and Programs

Application: Share the following webinars with partners and programs looking for additional professional development opportunities to build their understanding of equity and inclusion, engineering and STEM. 

National Girls Collaborative Project and SciGirls – The SciGirls approach empowers educators to create a more gender equitable and culturally responsive learning environment. Equity in STEM Education: The Connection to Culture: Recorded webinar and supporting materials
Girl STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources – Recorded webinar and supporting materials

The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, non-profit organization. whose mission is to achieve equal educational opportunity for every young person.Equitable Practices for Teaching Online – Recorded webinar helps educators rethink their lesson plans for an online platform, including resources like educator-created YouTube channels and explainer videos, tools for sharing resources with partners and peers.
Teaching Middle School Science in Virtual Learning Environment – Recorded webinar explores how to leverage online platforms (including Educreations, Explain Everything, Quizlet and Padlet) to make high-quality science learning interactive and hands-on from home.