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Science Matters: Hots Hots / Hot Jobs Articles
An excellent resource for STEM careers in growth industries in Virginia, videos, articles, links for more information on skills needed to follow this career path.

PBS’ Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers
Fun and fabulous collection of short videos on the lives and careers of scientists and engineers. Be sure to watch the 30 second science clips!

PBS Kids – Design Squad
Web based series on engineering for middle school and up. Excellent video profiles on different career paths in Engineering. Also includes hands-on activities for each content area.

PBS LearningMedia
Direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Search STEM careers for videos on all kinds of STEM careers.

STEM Career Lab: Designing Your Future
A multimedia project developed to help educators engage high school students in exciting STEM fields. Videos are accompanied by a viewing guide and teacher resource videos and info to help lead class discussions.

NOVA Labs
Check out their “Meet the Expert” section.  Some videos and many written interviews with diverse STEM professionals.


Science

Curious George
This website for the Curious George PBS KIDS television series offers early childhood educators the opportunity to extend the learning of the on-air episodes. Online video, educational games, a teacher's guide and activities reinforce early learning concepts in math, science and engineering. (Ages 3-5 years) Curious George Game Maker | Students | Teachers

Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
is reality series for kids presents a variety of challenges that participants must solve collaboratively using their science know how. The website offers fun games and activities that test and expand users’ science knowledge. (Ages 5-8 years) Students | Teachers

Sid the Science Kid
Sid the Science Kid
is designed to further develop children's natural wonder and build a strong foundation for early science exploration through engaging episodes and online resources that explore topics such as tools and measurement, transformation and change, the senses, simple machines, and backyard science. (Ages 3-5) Students | Teachers | Science Matters Video: Water Play and the Brain

Dragonfly TV
Dragonfly TV
provides children with opportunities to explore science and to share the excitement of scientific discovery. The website includes a wealth of science-related games, activities, and streaming video. (Ages 9-12) Students | Teachers

EekoWorld
Eeko World
teaches children about environmental science and includes two immersive interactive games as well as lesson plans for grades K-4. Students | Teachers

Wild Kratts
Students can go on a virtual creature adventure to explore wildlife and habitats in an immersive online world with Wild Kratts. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. (Ages 5-10 years) Students | Teachers | Science Matters: Green Kids videos about young people being good environmental stewards.

Sesame Street
Since its debut in 1969, Sesame Street has been grounded on a comprehensive whole-child curriculum that supports preschoolers’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. The curriculum is created by in-house child psychologists, educators, and educational advisors, incorporating the latest research in child development and innovative approaches in early childhood education. (Ages 2-5 years) Students | Teachers

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
 program is an award-winning series and website that is designed to spark a love of learning and an interest in science and math for preschool-aged children. (Ages 2-5 years) Students | Teachers

Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train
sparks children's interest in life science and natural history. As they explore a variety of animals, children develop the inquiry skills and knowledge needed to help them think, talk and act like paleontologists. (Ages 3-8 years) Students | Teachers

Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies
Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies
is an animated television series that looks at the natural world from a preschooler’s point of view. It introduces preschoolers to a fascinating world filled with loveable characters and stunning wildlife movies from National Geographic. (Ages 2-5 years) Students | Teachers

Plum Landing
Plum Landing
invites kids to study environmental science through a collection of fun and engaging games, apps, videos, and hands-on science activities. (Ages 6-9 years) Students |  Teachers | Science Matters: Green Kids videos about Exploring the Outdoors: Green KidsJames River Ecology SchoolExplore Pocahontas State ParkRockwood Nature Center and ArcherySave the Wood ThrushBoy Scout Plants 100 treesExplore the Outdoors Event (Save the Date! May 1, 2016)


Technology

ZOOM
The ZOOM program and website promotes activity-based learning about science and engineering. The site offers a wide variety of games and activities to enhance children's knowledge and enthusiasm about science. (Ages 6-10 years) Students | Teachers

Kart Kingdom
Kart Kingdom
is based on the systems thinking curriculum. The idea of systems thinking is for an individual to understand what the system is and how it works. To be able to process using systems thinking is a crucial life skill for scientists, engineers, etc. (Ages 6-9 years) Students | Teachers


Engineering

Design Squad
Engineers have led a technological revolution that has improved the quality of our lives, yet many kids and adults alike do not understand how the technology they use in their daily lives works. They are also unclear about the engineer's role in society or even what an engineer does. Design Squad Nation is one of the few places on TV where kids can learn about engineering. (Ages 8 years and up) Students | Teachers | Science Matters Videos on Engineering: Included in “Hot Shots & Hot Jobs”

SciGirls
SciGirls showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere! (Ages 8-12) Students | Teachers | Science Matters Videos: Local Middle School Girls Robotics Team, Techsters: Inspiring Girls to Code

ZOOM
ZOOM is a daily interactive television series that challenges kids to "turn off the TV and do it!" The ZOOM Web site has become a top web destination for 5-13 year olds. Students | Teachers


Math

Cyberchase
This award-winning series features exciting adventures that teach core math and science concepts. The Super Cyberchase Science theme page highlights resources that promote math and science connections, and The Inventor's Workshop game introduces students to basic principles of physics and engineering. Check out the Find It! feature on their website. (Ages 5-8 years) Students | Teachers

Odd Squad
Each episode of Odd Squad includes two 11-minute cases in which the agents investigate weird and unusual phenomena around them and use math to put things right. (Ages 5-8 years) Students | Teachers

Peg + Cat
The Peg + Cat program follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems together, and learn foundational math concepts and skills. (Ages 3-5 years old) Students | Teachers


General STEM Resources

PBS LearningMedia
PBS LearningMedia direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. PBS LearningMedia builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

PBS KIDS Lab
Games and activities that build math and reading skills. (Ages 3-8 years)

PBSKIDS.org
Hands-on activities to do with kids of all ages.

ideastations.org/learn
ideastations.org/learn offers Science Matters, Ready To Learn, and Educator Resources. We are committed to helping educators be successful all year long through a set of robust tools and resources.

PBS NOVA Labs – Citizen Science Opportunities
NOVA Labs is a new digital platform where "citizen scientists" can actively participate in the scientific process. From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.

PBS NOVA Teacher Videos

PBS NOVA Education Blog: Science of Learning

PBS NOVA Gross Science: YouTube Videos

PBS NOVA Next

PBS Nature: Classroom Resources

PBS Nature Videos and Episodes