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Spanish-Language STEM Resources

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While Science NetLinks doesn't provide Spanish-language STEM resources ourselves, we recognize the importance of having them available for teachers, students, and families. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, here are six free CTIA (ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, y matemáticas) educational collections and resources that we think are useful:

AAA Math

AAA Matematicas covers a range of math aimed at students in preschool to eighth grade, providing basic information and interactive Javascript-based practice that offers instant feedback. The site can be formatted to offer students measurements in English and/or in metric and to use either a comma or a period to express decimals, depending on where they live or the system with which they're familiar. Topics range from money and counting to geometry and statistics.

HHMI BioInteractive

Not all of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's BioInteractive site is bilingual, but they do have a collection of more than 80 short films, animations, classroom materials, and interactive features focusing on the life sciences that are available in Spanish. Resources for high school students range from an interactive calculator to help determine a household's carbon footprint to a lab simulating lactose intolerance to an animated short film on 17th-century microbiologist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy, a nonprofit created by an MIT alumnus with the intention of providing free educational materials online, has translated their website into Spanish. They offer classes aimed at students (of any age) in grades K-12, which are presented free of charge. Courses include math (from early math and arithmetic to calculus), science (biology, chemistry, phsyics, and electrical engineering), and computer programming (from Hour of Code basic classes to Javascript, SQL, HTML and CSS), among other topics.

Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep and the Big Wide World is an animated series available online and on many public television networks that teaches preschoolers about science and math through fun and easy hands-on activities and is available in both English and Spanish. There are videos, apps, coloring pages, and more on topics from water to color to ramps.

SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit

The SEED Earth Science Week Online Toolkit, developed by Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED) and the American Geophysical Institute, provides educational materials, activities, and other resources in both Spanish and English. Materials range from introductory information on Earth science to fact sheets about living in earthquake zones to science notebooks where students can record their observations about the world around them.

Windows to the Universe

Windows to the Universe, created by the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is designed to encourage learning about the Earth and space sciences. It offers its website at three levels of both English and Spanish to allow students of various ages and abilities to access the site and understand the information found there. There is a lot of information found on this site, from star maps to hands-on activities and from listings of science fiction-themed films to information ranging from space exploration to climate change.

If you have other favorite Spanish-language STEM resources or collections you recommend, please leave them in a comment. If we get enough, we may compose a second roundup.

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