Resources for Teachers


As teachers, your ongoing role in young peoples’ lives is much more influential in their attitude towards STEM learning than ours.  One of our priorities is to support your efforts to interest and encourage your students to engage in their math and science courses and continue to choose coursework that would allow them to pursue STEM studies in college.  Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance that you do not find here.  We will do our best to help.

Resources at NIU

Demonstration programs Something for nearly any age group or size

Community Programs A variety of ways to get your students hands on science, technology, engineering, and math

Teacher Workshops and Conferences Participate as an individual in our conferences on campus or host a teacher workshop on your site

Visit NIU STEM facilities Bring your students to visit a single lab, or make a day of it.

STEM Read Throughout the year, teens and young readers alike read science fiction books, participate in fun, ineractive online programs, and then meet up virtually or live at Northern Illinois University for free discussions and Q&A sessions with experts who explain the science behind the fiction.

SMARTspace SMARTspace is an e-learning community that offers numerous free standards-based interactive online resources in the fields of science, math, art, reading, and technology (SMART). SMARTspace also includes a forum where students and educators can showcase their work.

Davis Hall Observatory is now open Tuesday and Friday evenings, a nice change for those wishing to bring their families.

NIU’s Animated Virtual Planetarium  Award winning astronomy simulations for use in the classroom

Follow NIU STEM  Over the past few years several teachers have benefited greatly from tips we have passed along about opportunities for professional development, often at no cost to the teacher.  We will be posting these opportunities on Facebook and Twitter to disseminate them to a wider audience.  Learn how to follow us on Twitter if you are not currently on Facebook or Twitter.  You need not post anything online after setting up your account to follow us.  In fact, you can have our updates sent right to your email account. 

Econ Illinois helps K-12 teachers and schools integrate the teaching of economics and personal finance across the curriculum at all grade levels. STEM resources support science, technology and math through hands-on lessons, activities and student competitions.

Technology Education Association of Illinois

Empowering Teachers to Enhance Adolescent's Motivation for Science