Students participate in hands-on robotics activities.


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The Science Alive program at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) conducts various STEM education and engagement programs to support pre K-12 educators in Nevada. Science Alive provides inquiry-based STEM curriculum kits called Green Boxes and STEM Kits for reservation, offer periodic educator trainings and provide school support in the form of speakers, field trips and other special opportunities. All resources and events are provided FREE to any formal or informal Nevada educator. Click the link below to reserve a robotics STEM kit or Green Box.


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PBS Reno offers a plethora of education resources for formal and informal educators, as well as families. Offerings include free educational lessons, career-tie videos and hands-on activities.


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The College of Engineering, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, is home to some of the most advanced STEM resources in Nevada! Their engineering education outreach opportunities include an after-school program, summer camps, classroom lessons, and on-campus laboratory experiences.


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides transformative learning experiences to PreK-12 students and teachers all across the United States. Many of these experiences focus on building real-world skills through engaging, hands-on lessons.  VEX is the exclusive robotics platfrom offered to PLTW schools, bringing new opportunities in robotics including design, building, and programming for students across the state. In PLTW’s Automation and Robotics Unit students use tools such as the engineering design process, an engineering notebook, and VEX Robotics® programming software to invent and innovate.


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The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs. REC Foundation offers VEX Educator Certifications, STEM Labs for learners, and VEXcode VR where students can program a virtual robot!



FIRST® programs support educators by engaging students in STEM learning and preparing them for the future through hands-on fun while helping kids transfer STEM concepts to real-world applications. FIRST Robotics offers various resources including lessons, tutorials, and competition information.


Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities.

SAE International

SAE International’s A World In Motion (AWIM) is an inquiry-based program designed to bring STEM concepts to life.  AWIM combines practical, experiential learning with mentorship from industry volunteers and ongoing training and support for educators to provide equitable access to STEM.  AWIM kits are designed for K-8th grade and correlate with NGSS, Common Core, ISTE, and CSTA standards.

Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy

Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy provides novel, world-class, online, interactive high school computer science curriculum that is entirely FREE. Weekly webinars for educators looking for more information about computer science are also offered.

UC Davis C-STEM Center


All K-12 teachers and students affected by school closures can get free access to RoboBlockly, C-STEM Studio, and CH Professional for learning math and CS with robotics.

Computer Science & Engineering for K-12 (CSEK12)

CSEK12 offers a collection of handouts, worksheets and other documents to help teach computer Science & Engineering concepts. These materials primarily target middle-school students (6th – 8th grade), but most can be used with slight modifications for younger or older students.

CS Unplugged


CS Unplugged is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, strings, crayons and lots of running around.


Interview with Vivian Michalik – (25:12)

Robot Recipe STEM Kit Overview – (6:30)

Interview with Ben Nguyen – Full (30:18)

Oil Spill Engineering STEM 2 Go Kit Overview – (10:58)

Interview with Erica Lamar – (30:23)

Interview with Ben Nguyen – Teaser (4:16)

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