K-12 Student Resources


STEM on the Web

STEM is everywhere on the web! Below are just a few sites where you can find activities, homework help, games, information and just cool stuff. 

Homework Help

Ask Dr. Math: Math help for all ages elementary - college!
Homework Spot: Homework help for many subjects and all ages.
Fact Monster: Lot-O-Facts on science and more!
Discovery Education: Links to all types of science information and answers. 
How Everything Works: Answers to life’s questions – careful, you might just learn something!

Games and Activities

American Museum of Natural History Ology: Information games and activities in several of the different “ologies”  
Math is Fun: Math games and homework help.
Zoom: Great Science projects from Zoom!
Kids.usa.gov: Information, videos, and games about many topics, including science and math, divided by age groups.
Engineering Interact: Engineering: Science games, resources and news for 9 -11 year olds.
Dragonfly TV: Science games, activities and ideas based on Dragonfly TV. 
NASA Kids Club: Activities and fun! This is Rocket Science!
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Kid Sites: JPL provides links to their favorite kid sites. 
Girls Go Tech: A girls guide to science and technology from the Girl Scouts.

Information and News

Discovering Engineering: Learn more about the engineering fields.
Science News Daily: Find out what’s happening in science right now!  
Science News Magazine: Online Science magazine to help you stay up to date on science news.
American Chemical Society: Resources for high school students.
Physics Central: Physics makes the world go round – find out how!
Exploratorium: All ages can explore many different topics. 
NASA: NASA’s web site just for students. Learn about everything from what’s happening at NASA to careers in science.
Society of Women Engineers: Learn more about the Engineering fields and the women who work there.
Sightseers Guide to Engineering: Take a virtual tour of Engineering around the country. Engineering is everywhere!
Sally Ride Science: A long list of science sites for boys and girls of all ages.
MastersInDataScience : A complete guide to STEM for kids (K-12) with over 230 websites, games, contests, camps, and more
Computer Science Online: An an expert-driven guide to help women interested in computer science and other innovative technology fields

Study STEM at NIU

Interested in studying in the STEM Fields? NIU offers many choices and opportunities.

Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Computer Science
Department of Engineering
Department of Biology
Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Department of Mathematics
College of Health and Human Sciences
Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Studies
Environmental Studies (Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability & the Environment)

Career Planning Resources

Interested in a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics?  Check out these links to learn more about exciting opportunities for your future.

The National Academies Press
The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
O*NET Online
Bureau of Labor Statistics:  Occupational Outlook Handbook
Science Buddies:  Careers in Science
Sloan Career Center
Computer Science Career Resources

Other NIU K-12 resources for STEM topics

Econ Illinois: Resource links for students of all ages!