While jobs may be hard to find in many fields, when it comes to STEM professions, there often aren’t enough trained professionals out there to fill all the available positions. Add to that the fact that the U.S. often lags behind other countries in the world when it comes to math and science scores and you’ve got a pretty big problem on your hands. These factors are a major part of the push for greater STEM educational initiatives in recent years, both in public and private organizations, and they also demonstrate the importance of getting and keeping students interested in the science and technology fields.
Of course, this is easier said than done, as any teacher in a STEM field knows, but there are a wide range of resources out there designed to help education professionals. While you may not have thought of Twitter as a source of STEM education advice, it can actually be great source learning more about the latest initiatives, finding lesson plans, watching videos, and even keeping up with engaging science and technology news you can share with students. We’ve chosen just a few of the great STEM-related feeds out there for this list, giving educators a great jumping off point for using Twitter to inspire, educate, and build a love of all things math and science in the next generation.
Teachers in the STEM subjects will find some great resources on these feeds, designed to help educators promote STEM and better engage students.
- @TeachingSTEM: Visit TeachingSTEM to network with other educators and find helpful resources and news articles on science, tech, engineering, and math.
- @stemschools: The STEM School Blog shares additional resources and information through this feed, full of great ideas on promoting STEM education at all levels.
- @CADREK12: CADRE is dedicated to supporting STEM education researchers funded by the NSF, and their tweets are a great place to learn about this research and other NSF initiatives.
- @STEMschool: Looking for some new techniques? This feed is full of ideas for teaching STEM subjects.
- @SciAfterSchool: Even if your school doesn’t participate in after school programs like those promoted by Science After School, their feed is still an amazing place to find STEM resources.
- @crsscience: Those working in elementary level science teaching should give this feed a try. It’s full of news and education insights, and may just inspire you to change up your own curriculum.
- @STEMAhead: STEM Ahead is an organization that provides training for STEM educators and aims to get students more involved with math and science. You can learn more about their mission and other STEM initiatives through this great feed.
- @stemnetwork: STEM teacher and ed tech enthusiast Jim Forde shares ideas and information about STEM (among other things) on this feed.
- @NSTA: The National Science Teachers Association is a great place to look for information on science teaching, activities for the classroom, and even how to become a teacher.
- @STEM_Works: Run by Southern Methodist University, this resource helps educators to find new information on teaching all STEM topics.
- @iteea: The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association shares tips, tools, and information for educators working in these fields.
- @mathteachers: Math teachers can find great information about teaching math and helping get other educators interested in math education through this feed.
News and Information
Make sure you stay in the loop when it comes to STEM education by following these great feeds.
- @leache: Director of the STEMtech conference, Edward Leach, shares links to informative STEM-related articles here.
- @STEMConnector: If you’re trying to learn more about what STEM resources and groups are out there, look no further than this feed. Not only does it offer great news and articles, but also can help to point you in the direction of some seriously useful resources.
- @STEM_Outreach: Newcastle College maintains this feed for its STEM outreach program, but you don’t have to live in the UK to take advantage of the links, news, and other information they offer.
- @STEMfinity: STEMfinity sells a wide range of educational products that can really add to your lessons, but even if you don’t have the budget to invest in their products you can still read up on education news and information through their feed.
- @SallyRideSci: This science education company’s feed is a great place to read about the latest goings on in the STEM community.
- @MITK12STEM: MIT is one of the best colleges for science and technology majors in the world, so it’s only fitting that they maintain this feed on alumni who are impacting STEM education in a wide range of ways.
STEM Organizations and Projects
Check out these feeds to learn about some of the amazing organizations that are helping promote STEM across the nation.
- @STEMPartnership: While based out of Michigan, you don’t have to live in the state to find this organization’s feed useful. In fact, much of the information posted could be useful to educators working just about anywhere in the world.
- @TriCoalition: This organization brings together the government, businesses, and educators to work together on improving STEM education and their feed reflects those goals, with tweets about everything from lesson plans to helpful webinars.
- @PCSRobotics: There are few things that get kids excited about technology the way that robots can. Check out how this organization in Idaho is using these high-tech devices to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals.
- @changeequation: STEM literacy is a real issue in many communities in America. Read through this feed to learn about how you can play a role in changing this and to read stories about ways that other educators are also making an impact.
- @ConnectMinds: Time Warner created Connect Minds as a community initiative to inspire kids to get interested in science and technology. You can learn more about what they’re doing as well as other ways you can promote STEM in your own community.
- @bridgetoscience: Think science is cool? So do the founders of this Nature Publishing Group organization. Their feed is full of links to great articles all about STEM topics in education and research.
- @NSDL: You’ll find links to some really great science images and other digital content through the STEM Digital Library’s feed.
- @NMSI: Learn more about the National Science and Math Initiative, a project focused on improving math and science education in the U.S., through their regularly updated feed.
- @PLTWinc: Used in over 4,000 schools in the U.S., Project Lead the Way is helping to engage and educate students about STEM subjects. Learn more about what the project is doing around the nation by following this feed.
- @almostrocketsci: Know some students who dream of becoming rocket scientists, astronauts, or other space-related careers? Follow this feed to learn more about the project, NASA, and some space exploration factoids.
- @Thinkfinity: Verizon has developed this digital learning platform that is a great, techie way to get kids interested in learning. Read through their feed to learn about the latest additions to the online project.
- @exploratorium: Founded by noted scientist Frank Oppenheimer in 1969, the exploratorium is an amazing place for getting kids interested in science. Of course, not every science class can visit there, but there are many resources and interesting articles posted to their feed that can be of use to educators as well.
- @MoMath1: A museum of math? Yep, you read that right. Math teachers can learn more about this museum and get access to some interesting math problems perfect for sharing with students, right from their feed.
- @STEMChallenge: Want to get kids engaged with tech? Video games can be an amazing entry point. Through this project, which you can read about here, educators are using video games to get young students interested in science.
- @egfi: Studies have shown that many young adults don’t even know what engineers do, let alone have ever considered engineering as a career. Help change that by learning about this organization and getting kids interested in engineering and tech topics.
- @ScienceCenters: America has some seriously great science and technology centers that can inspire students to get involved in STEM. Visit this feed to learn about the science centers and museums in your neck of the woods.
- @StemEdCoalition: This coalition hopes to improve STEM education at every level and you can read about what they, and other groups, are doing to make changes nationwide through their feed.
STEM fields often lack in students who are females or of certain minority groups. Help even out the playing field with information from these great feeds.
- @OppEquation: Whether you work in school district that doesn’t get the funding it needs for STEM education or want to help inspire underrepresented groups to get involved, this Carnegie Corporation organization’s feed is a great place to look for help and information.
- @SciGirls: Head to the SciGirls feed to learn more about this Emmy Award-winning TV show on PBS that’s trying to get more young girls engaged with STEM.
- @cstemorg: Follow Regan Flowers to get the inside scoop on CSTEM, a group that helps underrepresented youth in STEM education.
- @NCWIT: Learn more about what you can do to get more women and girls interested in learning about and pursuing careers in science and technology through this feed from the National Center for Women & IT.
- @ProjectStepUP: At UIUC, they’ve developed Project STEP-UP to help underrepresented populations gain access to better STEM education and opportunities. Learn what they’ve been doing that’s working, and follow other STEM news through their feed.
- @womenintech: From career advice to showcasing women in tech leadership positions, this feed can help you to show young women and girls that a career in tech is not only possible but can be extremely rewarding.
Meetups, Conferences, and Competitions
Use these feeds to learn about STEM events you can attend and share with students.
- @BOTBKC: Kansas City area schools are engaging their students in science with the Battle of the Brains, an initiative helping kids to design great exhibits for Science City. Even if you don’t live in the area, you may just be inspired to develop your own similar program.
- @USAScienceFest: There are few better places to learn about science and science education than at a festival dedicated to, what else, science. Check with this feed regularly to learn about this annual get-together.
- @googlescifair: Help your students get involved in one of the largest science fairs in the world by learning more about Google’s efforts to promote science and tech creativity in middle and high school students.
- @BigBangFair: This fair is one of the biggest celebrations of science and engineering in the UK. Learn about the event, and read about other STEM topics through the fair’s regularly updated feed.
- @LeagueSTEMtech: Educators in STEM subjects should try to attend this conference if they can, but if it’s not possible there are still lots of great resources to be found right on their Twitter feed.
- @FIRSTweets: Love robotics? Get K-12 students involved in building and competing with their own by learning about about FIRST.
These resources from the government will help you learn about science, technology, and education at the national level.
- @NIHSciEd: The National Institutes of Health’s Office of Science Education shares some of the great material they develop for educators through this amazing feed.
- @NSF: The National Science Foundation funds numerous scientific projects around the nation, many of them related to education. Follow this feed to keep up with their webcasts, learn more about research news, and find out about educational initiatives you may be able to take part in.
- @whitehouseostp: Get your science and technology information straight from the White House when you follow this feed from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.