STEM in K-12

North Dakota EPSCoR seeks to help improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education among middle school and high school students, and to build a pathway for students in North Dakota who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM disciplines

For more information, please contact ND EPSCoR's STEM Manager:
Shireen Alemadi
1805 NDSU Research Park Dr.
Dept. 4450, P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


EPSCoR Support for ND K-12 Instructors

We are excited to announce that the STEAM Energy Teacher Professional Development Module, an enroll-anytime self-paced online course is now open: Register

Once enrolled, participants have 60 days to complete the modules. These modules were developed with funding from North Dakota’s current National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR RII Track-1 cooperative agreement (INSPIRE-ND).

This three-module course will explore aspects of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) instruction through an integrated investigation of sustainable cities. Participants will imagine, research, design, and build their own sustainable city while considering how this integrated curriculum may be effectively taught in their own classrooms. Each module has a specific content focus that participants will engage with through both a learner and teacher lens, allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of energy sources and consumption, city design, geography, climate, and population.

As a part of the INSPIRE-ND financial support, the first 25 Science teachers in ND who successfully complete this course will be reimbursed for the total cost of the course (and receive information to promote STEM instruction in their classroom). For more information, please contact the instructor, Ryan Summers, EWD researcher and assistant professor of Science Education at UND, at


Sunday Academy Program

Sunday Academy STEM Learning Modules

Research related STEM learning modules taught during the NATURE Sunday Academy program

Learning modules fall under the following categories:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics or Computer and Information Systems
  • Physical Sciences
  • Technology

For more information about other NATURE programs, please connect to NATURE.

Research related experiments (CRCS and CSMS related experiments)

Experiments related to ND EPSCoR funded research have been developed by ND EPSCoR researchers and their graduate students for use by selected fifth and eighth grade rural K-12 teachers. The experiments have been taught to the teachers, and the teachers have been provided with some equipment and materials needed to carry out the experiments in their classrooms. The teaching materials are now being made available for anyone to use.

  • Fifth Grade Experiments booklet  (Download PDF or MS Word
    • Unit One: Weather (CRCS research related)
      - Hurricane Path
      - Building Weather Station Measurement
      - Cloud Particles and Cloud Formation
    • Unit Two: Sustainable Materials (CSMS research related)
      - Helpful Hydrogels
      - Fermentation in a Bag
      - Good Guide Worksheets (
  • Eighth Grade Experiments booklet  (Download PDF or MS Word)
    • Unit One: Weather (CRCS research related)
      - Cloud Particles and Formation
      - Watersheds and the Urban/Rural Inference
      - Greenhouse Effect
      - Forecasting the Weather
    • Unit Two: Sustainable Materials (CSMS research related)
      - Helpful Hydrogels
      - Fermentation in a Bag
      - Shampoo Sequence

K-12 Resources on the Internet

Find resources to support STEM curricula, expand your STEM knowledge base, and more. Have a resource to share? Let us know by contacting ND EPSCoR’s STEM Manager

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
    AISES sustains 189 chartered college and university chapters, 15 professional chapters, and 158 affiliated K-12 schools supporting American Indian students in the critically needed disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - K-12 Resources  
    Type 'K-12' in the search box to get several K-12 resources.
    ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.
  • Dakota Science Center
    The Dakota Science Center is a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) education outreach organization. The Mission of Dakota Science Center is to encourage lifelong curiosity and fascination with science in children, parents, teachers, and the community through discovery, exploration and interaction.
  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) 
    ITEP was created to act as a catalyst among tribal governments, research and technical resources at Northern Arizona University (NAU), various federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector, in support of environmental protection of Native American natural resources.
  • NASA - STEM Resources for K-12 Educators 
    Find resources to support your STEM curriculum, professional development opportunities to expand your knowledge base, contests to engage your students, and more.
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
    The public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research.
  • North Dakota United (formerly North Dakota Education Association)
    The combined membership of NDEA and NDPEA provides lifetime services to all citizens of North Dakota. Combined membership includes K-12 teachers, ESP, Higher Education, state employees, county employees, and municipal employees.
  • Prairie Waters Education and Resource Center
    The Prairie Waters Education and Resource Center is an environmental education center with a specialty in water related research, education, and management, and is sponsored by Valley City State University.
  •  United States Department of Education - Office of Indian Education
    The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, post secondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of such students, and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standards.
  • WebGURU  
    The Web Guide to Research for Undergraduates (WebGURU) is an interactive web-based tool intended to assist undergraduates in navigating the hurdles of an undergraduate research experience.

K-12 Professional Development Resources

Professional development is key to helping K-12 teachers continue to build their expertise and knowledge base. Below are several resources from institutions across the state that provide professional development options.