K-12 Teacher Resources

Below you'll find classroom activities, outreach programs, and career information to help you inspire your students with STEM!

Do you know of a really cool science or engineering resource that we should have up here? Let us know at wwest@sfu.ca

Women in Science and Engineering Game

Supported by WWEST, the Phylo(mon) Project has released a fun card game that focuses on awesome women in STEM, as well as issues pertaining to the challenges around gender equity. The game can be downloaded for free at the link above!

What is Engineering?

Stereotype Threat

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WWEST's Gender Diversity in STEM book

This book answers the questions "Why women in STEM?" "Why does it matter?" "Aren't we past bias in the workplace?" "What if engineering just isn't interesting to girls?" and "What can I do?" with factual, cited answers and evidence. Each topic is succinct, covered in an at-a-glance visual format. Its chapters are accompanied by commentaries from industry leaders and academic experts, selected to provide additional perspectives on the issue of gender diversity in STEM. Topics include: Microaggressions, The Business Case for Gender Diversity, Unconscious Bias, Stereotpye Threat, Social Idenity in the Workplace, Understanding Workplace Diversity for Managers, Gendered Language and Stereotype Awareness for Hiring Committees, Mentoring Works, What is Engineering?, and Why STEM? Information for Parents & Guardians.

Hosted at SFU

Let's Talk Science
Let's Talk Science connects educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings, offering camps and workshops to K-12 students.

STEM Outreach Collective

The SFU STEM Outreach Collective is a collection of SFU groups that are focused on promoting outreach and engagement within STEM. Representatives from these groups meet once a semester in order to brainstorm ways to make STEM more accessible for all.

Science AL!VE
Science in-school workshops, summer camps, and outreach programs at SFU.

Classroom Activities

A Mighty Girl
Free "Read Question Think" posters for kids.

Canada-Wide Science Fair
The Canada-Wide Science Fair brings science, technology, engineering and math out of the classroom - engaging youth in STEM solutions to real world issues.

Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest
The purpose of this competition is to introduce youngsters from grade 1 to grade 12 to math challenges in a fun and enjoyable way, thus inspiring their further interest and advancement in mathematics.The competition is held yearly in more than 45 Canadian cities.

CurioCity
Resources and projects that make STEM relevant for Grade 8-12 students.

Finding Ada Resources For Schools
Classroom activities, posters, and teaching notes focused on students aged 11-14.

IM2C Rationale
The purpose of the IM2C is to promote the teaching of mathematical modeling and applications at all educational levels for all students. It is based on the firm belief that students and teachers need to experience the power of mathematics to help better understand, analyze and solve real world problems outside of mathematics itself – and to do so in realistic contexts. The Challenge has been established in the spirit of promoting educational change.

Math Competitions
The CEMC develops and administers many internationally recognized contests to help to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics and computer science. Interested students should ask their math teachers about these contests.

MathPickle
MathPickle.com is a practical resource for teachers. Its visually compelling puzzles and games engage students in tough problem solving. Its puzzles are organized by grade and subject – each designed for a 45-60 minute period. All have low-floor, high-ceiling. They engage struggling students in curricular skill acquisition, and deflect top students into tenacity-building challenges.

Ordinary Women: Daring to Defy History
A video series by Feminist Frequency on women who challenged stereotypes and smashed the status quo. Comes with free curricula and activity sheets for classroom use.

Pi in the Sky
Pi in the Sky magazine is primarily aimed at high-school students and teachers, with the main goal of providing a cultural context/landscape for mathematics. It has a natural extension to junior high school students and undergraduates, and articles may also put curriculum topics in a different perspective.

People Like Me Resource Pack
This free pack of resources helps use girls' natural tendency to articulate their self-identity with adjectives to help them see themselves working happily and successfully in STEM. Targeted at girls ages 11-14.

Project Implicit
An online test that measures your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation and other topics.

Science.gc.ca Activity Book
Over 30 science games, experiments and activities tailored for different age groups and skill levels.

Science World Educator Resources
Classrooom activities, field trip ideas, and much more is offered for free from Telus World of Science.

youcubed
Educational activities and research on mathematics teaching methods for teachers.

Women in Science Deck
A fun and educational card game that familiarizes players with 44 remarkable, often unknown, women of science.

Outreach Programs

Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, UBC
Offers camps throughout the year, many aimed at girls in grades K-12, with a focus on hands-on scientific inquiry. From time to time, offers teachers' training as well.

Brilliant Labs
Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. They support the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula.

CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.

CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.
CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.
CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.
CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.
CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.
CMS Math Camps
Each summer, CMS Math Camps provide students with an interest in mathematics with a unique and unforgettable experience. The camps take place in universities and CEGEPs across Canada and range from day camps to week long events. Students who attend the camps leave with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on mathematics.

Eagles of Tomorrow
To inspire, enable, and instill in learners the confidence that “I can do math." Provides outreach to Aboriginal communities to bridge systemic gaps in mathematics fundamentals among Aboriginal children in inner city schools in Vancouver, BC.

GEERing Up!
Engineering and science in-school workshops, summer camps, and outreach programs at UBC Vancouver & Okanagan.

Let's Talk Science at UBC
Science outreach events and programming to engage youth in Science.

Let's Talk Science - University of Victoria
Let's Talk Science connects educators and youth with outstanding volunteers to deliver a wide variety of meaningful STEM learning experiences in both school and community settings, offering camps and workshops to K-12 students.

Math Catcher
The Math Catcher Outreach program aims to promote mathematics and scholarship in general by encouraging elementary and high school students to recognize how math is used in everyday life and how it forms the basis for many of our daily decisions and life-long choices. The storytelling, pictures, models, problem solving, and hands-on activities encourage young people to enjoy math and help dispel myths that math is boring and abstract.

Science Adventures
Engaging students, teachers and the community in the exploration of science and technology at Yukon College.

Science Venture
Since 1991, the University of Victoria's Science Venture program has been delivering innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programming to Vancouver Island youth, 5-18 years of age.

SHAD
A Canadian charity that provides a month-long summer program focused on STEAM to 800 students every year. 

We Count Math Society
We Count Math Society is a registered non-profit based in Whitehorse, Yukon. We Count offers Math Mania events, which are free and open to the public.

We For She: Call to Action
WE FOR SHE is pleased to present “Stepping it up for Gender Equality: 2018 Call to Action,” which reports on our collective progress toward gender equality so far, summarizes the input from the table discussions and polls at WE FOR SHE 2017, and outlines what you can do next.

We For She NextGen Leaders Program
The NextGen Leaders Program provides mentoring, workshops and inspiration to rally young women in high school to be bold in their careers. In designing this initiative, We for She considered a program that can be easily implemented in schools by teachers and student leaders in partnership with local business organizations.

STEM Career Information

Couragion
Couragion provides a fun and engaging application that exposes students to STEM careers using videos, games, and self-reflection quizzes.

Discover Data Science
Information about Data Science, as well as programs and resources.

Finding Ada, "What Kind of Scientist Could I Be?"
Based on research by the Science Council, this poster looks at ten different types of career that scientists can have.

Resources for Women in Mathematics
The Women in Mathematics Committee of the CMS is pleased to highlight high quality resources on the web for and about women in mathematics. They have particular interest in resources offered to or by Canadians.

Science and Technology Career Videos

Women in science, engineering and the trades share what they do at work from WISEatlantic, another CWSE Chair.

Why STEM?
Geering Up has created a White Paper video funded by WWEST and eng•cite on the reasons you or your child should consider a STEM career.