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Des Tronic’s Online Guide to STEM activities for Kids (and Stay-at-Home Adults!)

It’s Monday morning and the kids are home. We get it!
Mar 16, 2020

Here’s a list of some fabulous STEM resources from around the web. They are either completely free or free with a 30-day trial. We hope you find this helpful as we all hunker down and make sure our families and our communities remain healthy and safe from COVID-19.

The Ultimate List of Online Resources: Amazing Educational Resources

This simple website has gone viral as THE resource for kids at home. It’s quite extensive, so we’ve gone through and pulled out the STEM -related resources for your convenience. Check it out. It’s magnificent.

Verizon App Development Tools and Games for Kids

We love sites that do the research for us and aggregate the cooleset available resources. Verizon wants kids to learn coding. To that effect, they've collected a slew of Coding Courses & Platforms for Beginners and Intermediates

BrainPOP and STEM

Brainpop’s STEM site is an extensive collection of science, technology, engineering, and math topics, including animated movies, quizzes, activities, learning games, and lesson ideas and resources for families and educators. Brainpop is offering their coronavirus module for free. The rest of their site is available with a 30-day trial.

Smore Magazine

Smore Magazine is a print and digital STEM magazine for ages 9+. Smore is available to children through schools and libraries all over the world. Due to coronavirus school closures, they are offering a Free Annual Subscription to Smore Digital (6 issues) until March 31st, 2020 with the use of code FREESMORE. Coupon Code: FREESMORE
Expiry: 03/31/2020


SelfCAD is a fully-featured, fully integrated, user- friendly, online 3d modeling application. Selfcad is providing a free month of SelfCAD to students stuck at home due to the school closures. Use Code “homeschool”.


A free STEM module using machinery that every home has: the water meter! Hunt down and fix water leaks, analyze data, as a fun+productive activity for students at home.

Science Journal for Kids

Hundreds of scientific articles. Written for kids. Approved by scientists. All of these articles and STEM teaching resources are free to download.

EduCode Academy

EduCode makes coding and computer science education accessible for kids of all learning styles and backgrounds, on a large scale, without the need for guidance from a teacher. Self-directed courses empower kids to learn coding independently. Choose the free trial offer for access to their extensive courses.

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The name says it all. This is indeed a great collection of resources (though, some were a little out of date). Highlights we like are the Museum of Science + Industry Chicago Online Science and NASA Space Place.

STEM Games for Kids

Done with the crafts and learning and ready for simple game fun? Maryville University did the work for us and compiled a great shortlist of STEM games.

And now from Pittsburgh! Carnegie STEM Girls

We love our Pittsburgh-own Carnegie Stem Girls! Designed in collaboration with Duquense Light, the website is chockfull of activities, resources, and links designed to get teenagers excited about STEM.

Still need more? Don’t forget about these staples:

Libby links your Carnegie Library card with library resources for free download.

Google’s Arts and Culture site offers incredible walking tours to heritage sites across the globe.

From our folk at DES to you in your communities, we wish you calmness and health in the weeks ahead.

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