For Educators, Students, Parents
These are some of our favorite resources for learning about science, math, and engineering. This is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list.
Online Courses and Curriculum Materials
- Art of Problem Solving: mathematics – complete curriculum, books, online courses, and online community for pre-college students around the world.
- CodeAcademy: easy introduction to programming in different languages.
- Khan Academy: all subjects, all levels.
- MIT OpenCourseWare: open materials, including video lectures, for MIT courses.
- edX: opportunity to take free courses online from universities including MIT and Harvard.
Competitions for the Classroom
- Curiosity Challenge: competition for elementary school students in the Boston area for asking great questions about science.
- MathCounts: middle-school competition for fast math problem-solving.
- AMC: national math competitions for middle and high schoolers.
- FIRST: international robotics competition for teams of high-schoolers.
- MIT+K12: videos showcasing MIT science and scientists.
- Vi Hart: YouTube video maker focused on the beauty of math.
- Behind the Scences at MIT exciting two-minute videos relating chemistry to everyday life and applications.
- The Education Arcade at MIT develops games aimed at improved math, science, engineering, programming, and literacy skills.
- The Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab develops toys and games for learning programming and other skills. Their signature creation is Scratch – a user-friendly programming language for writing games, animations, etc.
Commercial Toys & Games
- K’nex (and K’nex Education)
- Straws and Connectors
- LEGO Mindstorms
- Chaos Construction Set
- Blocks & Marbles
- Snap Circuits
- Gears! Gears! Gears!
- Some great traditional strategy games: Blokus, Chess, Chinese Checkers, Go, Mastermind, Othello, Pente, Quarto, Set
Field Trips (Boston Area)
- Boston Museum of Science
- MIT Museum
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- MIT Edgerton Center: hands-on engineering for visiting classes.
- Science on the Street: year-round traveling science demonstrations, run by the Cambridge Science Festival.
After-School Programs (Boston Area)
- PRIMES: intensive after-school math research program.
- MITxplore: math problem-solving enrichment taught by MIT students.
- Spring HSSP: formal classes taught by MIT students.