Engineering and Science Activities

This page serves as a directory of ready-to-use activities and curricula for informal science educators to engage students with engineering and science.

  • Inspiring the next generation of female engineers
    TEDx talk by Debbie Sterling, Stanford-trained engineer and creator of Goldie Blox. 
  • Biographies of Women Mathematicians
    Here you can find biographical essays or comments on the women mathematicians profiled on this site, as well as additional resources about women in mathematics.
  • Dragonflytv
    DragonflyTV is a science education television series for children aged 6–12, produced by Twin Cities Public Television. DragonflyTV showcases our most eager young scientists in a way that encourages all kids to discover the wonders of science. you can find Integrated activities, videos and guides, and programs. DragonFlyTV video sgments engaging stories of girls exploring science, taking into account the research on what girls like and need.
  • Education Service Center 
    The Engineering Education Service Center (EESC) is an engineering education company that specializes in providing products for K-12 schools to teach and share the fun of engineering. From curriculum to books, DVDs, posters, kits and other motivational products, we aim to make engineering understandable and accessible to everyone. The mission of the Engineering Education Service Center is to provide, or help you provide, information resources to promote, guide, and stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with a particular emphasis on "E"ngineering. We seek to diversify the types of engineers by exposing large numbers of students to the capacity they will have to benefit society.
  • Teaching Channel
    They provide many videos to inspire teachers. You can get a lot of good idea for lesson plans, teaching methods, resource from videos!
  • Dot Diva
    Dot Divas dream of a better world and believe in the potential of computing to build a difference! For educator and parents, Dot Diva provides online free resources and explains what they exactly do for girls and why they provide programs.
  • Science Buddies - Engineering Project Guide
    Science Buddies’ Engineering Project Guide provides program guidelines from design to evaluation for implementing successful engineering projects. For more materials Reference Materials, Science Careers.
  • Sally Ride Science™ Cool Careers in STEM
    Sally Ride, is a science content company dedicated to supporting girls’ and boys’ interests in science, math, and technology (STEM). To make a difference especially in girls’ lives and to change society’s outlook n their roles in the technical field, Sally Ride features specific content for educators, parents, and girls, with a variety of activities, related links, and publications to help integrate STEM into girls’ lives.
  • Nanotube Balloons (NISEnet)
    A large display made of balloons that can be used to draw visitors to a program on nanotechnology. The model can be pre-constructed by museum staff, or visitors can belp to build it. The baloon structure is an intriguing hook for programs related to carbon.
  • Engineering Competitions
    A list of national and international engineering and technology competitions for students from elementary to high school.
  • Virtual Tour of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
    The United States Department of Energy has created a virtual tour of it's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL). With a special welcome from Director Dr. Allison A. Campbell, interviews of other female scientists, and detailed explanations of the equipment found at the EMSL. Walk the halls and explore the day in the life of a scientist!
  • NSBE Activity Library
    The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), offers a list of ready to use informal science and engineering activities that are fun and aim to positively impact communities.
  • Children's Engineering Educators, LLC
    CEE is a member based organization of experienced elementary school teachers who believe that hands-on learning, involved with children's engineering, and technology education develops critical thinking skills and encourages children of all learning abilities to develop essential knowledge in this rapidly changing world. Click on the link to find design briefs and ready to use activities that bring the T and E to STEM education.
  • SciGirls Connect
    The PBS Kids series SciGirls has grown into a far-reaching transmedia enterprise, serving girls, families and educators in both English and Spanish. Based on the best practices in STEM education for girls, SciGirls’ videos, online resources, hands-on activities and professional development work together to address a singular but powerful goal: to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, encouraging greater interest in STEM careers.
  • Fetch
    Part game show, part reality TV, and part Spoof, FETCH! features real kids, real challenges and real science. Download "real world" activities on the go!
  • ZOOM
    Activities for kids, by kids. ZOOM is a daily interactive television series that challenges elementary age students to "turn off the TV and do it!" The ZOOM website offers directions to all of the activities from the show.
  • Tri-IT
    Tri-IT provides unique opportunities for high school girls to participate in interactive technology experiences. The curriculum includes research-based strategies to engage girls in IT, math, and science.
  • Design Squad Nation
    Design Squad offers ideas for science and engineering activities in an informal setting. Includes plans for building a machine out of cardboard and designing a mini alarm. Design Squad is also a TV program with episodes that can be viewed online.
  • Computer Science Unplugged
    CS Unplugged is a free resourece that teaches computer science through fun engaging activities, suitable for people of all ages. 
  • Rocket Launch
    AAAS ScienceNetLinks activity created for students to explore the design considerations of rocket models. 
  • Make a Mission
    AAAS ScienceNetLinks provides a lesson on technology that teaches students how humans collect scientific data and information on a faraway terrestrial planets and the constraints of designing a spacecraft to carry this data.
  • Leonardo's Machines
    This lesson highlights some of Leonardo da Vinci's futuristic inventions, introducing the elements of machines. Leonardo provides an interesting context in which students can begin to develop their ideas about the uniqueness of humans in the natural world.
  • How To Smile
    SMILE is a national partnership among science and technology centers, museums, community-based organizations, and out-of-school educators that collects the best educational materials on the web and creates learning activities, tools, and services – all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids in non-classroom settings.
  • NASA BEST (Beginning, Science, Engineering, Technology)
    The NASA's BEST Activities Guides have been designed to bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences. The activities can be used as in-school curriculum or after-school clubs; as a set or individually.
  • Discovery Engineering
    Discovery Engineering is designed to provide an accessible introduction to engineering. Includes games, an idea center, FAQs, downlads, links, and a section about the different careers in engineering.
  • NASA Science and Engineering Activities
    NASA has developed a variety of activities to engage students of all ages in hands-on exploration of science and engineering.  Girls RISEnet has selected activities that are particularly relevant to informal science organizations.
  • Engineer’s Corner
    Welcome to the Minority Scientists Network page for professional engineers and engineering students (9-12). You will appreciate this site focused on funding opportunities, engineers and their careers, and engineering articles.
  • Interactive Bridge Building
    Take the opportunity to experience one of the greatest engineering feats of ancient times: Xerxes’ bridge over the Hellespont. Phoenician and Egyptian engineers built this marvel in 480 B.C. – and this site allows students to build their own bridge to cross the Hellespont!
  • TryEngineering – a resource for students, their parents, their teachers, and their school counselors – is a portal about engineering and engineering careers that is designed to help young people understand better what engineering means and how an engineering career can be made part of their future.
  • TryNano
    This is a resource for anyone interested in learning about Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – technical fields that focus on matter at the nanoscale: dimensions that are roughly 1 to 100 nanometers (1nm = 10-9m).
  • Try Science is designed for you to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and off line interactivity with science centers worldwide.
  • Calculation Nation!
    Challenge opponents from anywhere in the world while investigating significant mathematical content and practicing fundamental skills. “Dig It” challenges players to place fractions on a number line while digging for gemstones. “Drop Zone” continues the fraction challenge by having players add fractions to collect more tokens than their opponents. Other games include "Square Off", "Factor Dazzle", "Faction Feud", and more!
  • Dynamic Paper
    Need a pentagon pyramid that’s six inches tall? Or a number line that goes from -18 to 32 by 5’s? Or a set of pattern block where all shapes have one-inch sides? You can create all those things and more with this tool. Place the images you want, and then export it as a PDF activity sheet for your students or as a JPEG image for use in other applications or on the web.
  • Images of Science
    Explore how doing science involves many different kinds of work and engages men and women of all ages and backgrounds (3-5).
  • Digital Workshops
    Learn how to be a better parent, teacher or caregiver to the “digital natives” in your life and gain the knowledge and skills for understanding, analyzing and participating in our technology-infused world.



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Engineering Corner

Science Central's Ms. Tech Camp

With support from a Girls RISEnet Minigrant, Science Central, a hands-on science center in northeast Indiana, partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne and the Fort Wayne Urban League, as well as the general public, to host our first ...Read More

Privacy Policy | The Girls RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) National Museum Network is funded by Grant No. HRD-0937245 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Human Resource Development, Research on Gender in Science and Engineering Extension Services (GSE/EXT) Program. Project collaborators include the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and SECME, Inc. The project seeks to increase the capacity of science centers and museums to interest girls from underrepresented populations in the engineering sciences