NAGC recognizes the challenges that educators experience when faced with providing students with high-level coursework in the STEM fields. In this section, you will find resources that can provide a framework for addressing those issues.
Return to the STEM Homepage
Cogito.org was developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), in collaboration with TIP at Duke University, CTD at Northwestern, RMTS at U. of Denver, the Belin-Blank Center at U. of Iowa, C-MITES at Carnegie Mellon, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, the Center for Excellence in Education, and Science Service. The goals are to address the needs of gifted students around the world with abilities and interests in math and science. The public site is full of news, interviews with scientists, profiles of young scientists, and a searchable database of programs. Students invited to join as members become part of an online community and participate in discussion forums with each other and with experts in their fields.
Engineering is Elementary-Website
In partnership with ten lead teachers from five Massachusetts school districts, EiE creates curricular materials that integrate engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science lessons. Many examples are found on this website.
"Discovering Mathematical Talent" by Richard C. Miller. ERIC Digest, 1990.
"Planning Science Programs for High Ability Learners" by Joyce VanTassel-Baska. ERIC Digest, 1998.
"Discovering Math Talent: A Guide for Educating Gifted and Advanced Learners in Math" by Susan Assouline & Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, 2005.
"Practical Strategies for the Classroom, Part I: Preassessment" by Jana Kirchner and Tracy Inman. The Challenge, Winter 2005 (pdf). Reprinted with permission from the Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University.
"Practical Strategies for the Classroom, Part II: Content, Process, Product" by Tracy Inman and Julia Roberts. The Challenge, Winter 2006 (pdf). Reprinted with permission from the Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University.
"The Seven Components of Successful Programs for Mathematically Gifted Children" by Ed Zaccaro. THP, Winter 2006.
"Providing Kids with Challenge in Science: Scientists-In-Schools" by Dorothy A. Sisk. THP, Winter 2006.
Content Connections: Math
Content Connections: Science
Looking for a place to start? There are a variety of opportunities for elementary and middle school students to access alternative courses in the STEM fields.
National Science Foundation Publication: Broadening Participation in America's Science and Engineering Workforce. The 1994-2003 Decennial & 2004 Biennial Reports to Congress.
National Science Board Report: Broadening Participation in Science and Engineering Research and Education. National Workshop Proceedings
"Above and Beyond: Science Investigations for the High Potential Child" by Richard Pommier Swanson. Parenting for High Potential, March 2004. (pdf)
Project LOGgED On - Website
The purpose of this Javits funded program is to increase access to highly challenging science programs for all gifted learners, including underserved populations. In grades 6-8, students are exposed to online case-based learning experiences designed to improve science understandings and skills that are integrated with the core science curricula.
Project M3 - Website
Project M3 is a national curriculum and research study designed to nurture math talent in elementary students. This website provides access to curriculum units as well as tools and information for teachers, students, and parents.
National Science Teachers Association: The Elementary Science Classroom
The website, sponsored by the NSTA, includes elementary related activities and a link to Science & Children, NSTA's professional journal for elementary school teachers.
National Science Teachers Association: The Middle School Classroom
The website, sponsored by the NSTA, includes middle school related activities and a link to the Science Scope, NSTA's professional journal for middle school teachers.
"Science Class" e-newsletter
This monthly newsletter is distributed through the National Science Teachers Association and can be found on their website.
"Confounding Conventional Wisdom on Math Classes" by Ron Walk-Media
This NPR story originally aired on All Things Considered on May 22, 2006. The commentary by Ron Walk adds another voice to the argument of helping students discover their interest and love for math and science in the early grades.