Strategies & Ideas

Since you are an educator, parents, children and our community at large look to you to help instruct, inspire, and empower our future work force. With STEMisphere, you are able to view a collection of resources for STEM education to help you reach this important goal. Visit STEMisphere to help enhance your science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction.

  • Base science, technology, engineering and math education in inquiry, – foster curiosity!
  • Integrate curriculum – the world isn't separated in silos, neither should instruction and learning!
  • Learn together – create opportunities for project based group learning activities, pertinent to everyday experiences!
  • Grow awareness of careers – the jobs of today and tomorrow require strong STEM knowledge!

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Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway

The Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway has been awarded the 2015 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice from the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), an international organization of more than 600 science centers and museums dedicated to encouraging public engagement with science among diverse audiences. Learn more.

Pathway Workshops: Interested in school or district-wide STEM education improvement? Facilitated strategic planning workshops can support your engagement in the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway. By becoming a Pathway Partner, a school or district creates a common language for STEM, conducts a self-assessment, identifies priorities for improvement, and develops action plans to implement their strategies. Carnegie Science Center offers half or full day facilitated workshops which can be held onsite at a school, or at Carnegie Science Center. Contact: Alana Kulesa or 412.237.1679 for details and pricing.

Pathway Provider Training Institute: As an organization committed to STEM excellence, becoming a Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Provider will enable you to offer a research-based and field proven strategic planning process to your partner schools. Pathway Providers will receive a full set of training materials, in-depth knowledge of the online Pathway tools, modes for workshops and implementation strategies, regular online webinars to support your work, and online access to our Pathway Provider Portal. Join us for this exciting three-day training institute to work with other STEM Education colleagues from around the country dedicated to bringing strategic STEM improvements to schools in their communities. Learn more!



Educator Resources

Professional Development

ASSET STEM Education – ASSET STEM Education is a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement nonprofit. It fosters STEM fluency and college/career readiness by providing educators of students pre-K through career with highly effective professional development, hands-on educational materials and consulting services. More than 7,000 teachers and 225,000 students across the nation are impacted by ASSET's programs.

Math & Science Collaborative – The Math & Science Collaborative is comprised of representatives of school districts, non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and other stakeholders committed to strengthening the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center – Many of the PSC Programs for Educators provide content material on-line as a resource for K-12 teachers. Many also offer workshops (with Act 48 hours) on how to effectively use the materials.

STEM Jobs connects students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math by engaging them with what they love, like sports and music. Their free, digital magazine, available on the website, has featured companies ranging from National Geographic to Cirque du Soleil to ESPN.

Not only does STEM Jobs encourage all students to pursue these careers through an engaging media platform that includes the magazine, website and social media, but also through an online assessment.

The assessment results, based on the students’ skills and preferences, matches them to a STEM Type, which is then correlated to actual jobs. STEM Jobs is further developing this innovative platform to add more features, like internships, scholarships, schools and employers. Go to where students will discover opportunities they never knew existed and gain some guidance as they start to figure out what they want to do with their lives.

In addition check out the STEM Type quiz. Not everyone who works in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are cut from the same cloth. To breakdown stereotypes and encourage more people to pursue STEM education and careers, STEM Jobs has developed 10 “STEM Types” based on the knowledge and skills that directly relate to real world jobs. By taking this quiz, students discover their top three STEM Types. They will help identify STEM career paths by connecting students to actual jobs.

Carnegie Science Awards

Each year, Carnegie Science Center honors a select number of deserving organizations and individuals in our region – researchers, entrepreneurs, educators, and innovators. Their stories showcase our region's excellence and inspire the science and technology leaders of tomorrow. 

In addition to scientific leaders in our community, the Carnegie Science Awards program seeks to recognize outstanding leaders in STEM education whose commitment to innovative and engaging teaching methods will help to inspire the next generation of scientists. Learn More.

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Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Partners

STEM Success Stories

Check out what other Pathway Partners are doing to improve STEM education:

Blackhawk School District creates STEAM web page to Connect with Families and the Community

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Additional Links

STEMisphere Resource Guide to Astronomy
PNC Grow Up Great Videos

Laser Classroom
101 Resources for Math Teachers
Research Documents and Articles
The Importance of STEM in K-12 Education (Video) University of Cincinnati

Looking for great STEM field trips? Look here:
Carnegie Science Center
Phipps Conservatory
National Aviary
Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
Pittsburgh Glass Center

Field Testing of Elementary, Middle, and High School Science Assessment Items: 
AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment items to measure elementary, middle, and high school students’ understanding of ideas about energy and recruiting teachers willing to field test multiple-choice test items with their students.
Visit the AAAS Science Assessment Website at