Resources for Teachers

K-12 Teachers: Welcome to the Kentucky Academy of Science!
KAS has been a strong advocate for the Next Generation Science Standards, which teach the scientific method as well as core concepts in biological and physical sciences. Here are some resources to help you!

Free membership for K12 teachers in Kentucky

Become a member of KAS and start connecting with scientists all over the Commonwealth (click on “Teacher-level Enhanced membership”)

NGSS- aligned lesson plans

National Science Teachers Association Learning Center. Lesson plans are free for NSTA members ($39/year)
Data Nuggets are stories of real scientific investigations, with opportunities for teachers & students to build quantitative abilities:

Kentucky Teacher has a section of Science articles, including KAS’ “Real Science for Real Life” monthly column
TeachEngineering demystifies it with fun problem solving, building & creating
The Kentucky Science Center’s Challenger Center has space-themed lessons online which can be combined with a “Mission”  at the Center.

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center has NGSS aligned lessons about the science & technology of producing biofuels:

DIY guides developed by teachers who have won recognition as Allen Distinguished Educators (and find out how to apply for one of their $1000 grants here too:
Podcasts about teaching NGSS:
Kentucky Dept of Education’s Science Connection newsletter is archived:
Ambitious Science Teaching – Download free lessons with great explanations & diagrams, developed by the National Science Foundation

Get Answers to your Science Questions

Kentucky Science Speakers Bureau
Kentucky’s NGSS Science Assessment System

Professional Development Opportunities in STEM

Kentucky Center for Mathematics offers free workshops to help in quantitative thinking:
Kentucky Association for Environmental Education list workshops, including many for free:
KAS posts current opportunities – Check KAS News and Events  pages for announcements

Pimser is housed at UK and serves the whole state (Partnership Institute for Math & Science Education Reform) :


Kentucky Department of Education has a bulletin board where you can search for PD by topic area; these are available programs offered by third parties:

Kentucky’s Educational Cooperatives offer a variety of resources and professional development in each of 8 regions. Find the list here and check out yours!


Fun science demonstrations and activities for the classroom, home, or after-school clubs

KET Education has lesson plans, videos, images and more- searchable by subject and grade level using the bar at the top of the page:

Scientific American’s Bring Science Home:

These “Phenomena” videos are a good way to start a scientific inquiry:

KET has compiled ideas for student science fair projects – search by topic or grade level:

Some County  4H offices have STEM activity kits. Check with your county. Track them down here:

The National Science Foundation’s Stem For All videos showcase innovative work to improve science, math, engineering, and computer science education:

“I’m a Scientist” is a free online program where school students meet and interact with scientists. It’s an American Idol-style competition between scientists, where the students are the judges:

ScienceKids:  Experiments, cool facts, online games, free activities, ideas, lesson plans, photos, quizzes, videos & more

Partners who can help

Kentucky Science Center offers on and off-site programs. See all of them at:

Content-specific resources

Climate Change Resources

  • NSTA resources on climate change are here.
  • Here are resources from the North American Association for Environmental Education.
  • Download National Wildlife Federation’s resources and Climate Classroom lesson plans.
  • AAAS guides for teaching Climate Change are here and here.
  • Resources from the National Center on Science Education are here.
  • The CLEAN (Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness) Network provides a collection of 650, ready-to-use and rigorously reviewed resources for educators.
  • Articles about Heartland Institute’s anti-climate science campaign here (Washington Post) and here  (PBS)

Climate Choices: How should we meet the challenges of a warming planet? Environmental Issues Forum (EIF) guide


Brain Resources for Educators:

Building with Biology is a set of materials about Synthetic Biology, available in English & Spanish:

Use real weather data from NOAA’s Weather & Climate Toolkit! Tutorial here:

Green Teacher has free videos, webinars and articles in Environmental Education:

Teaching Astronomy Kinesthetically:


UK has a Physics Petting Zoo that is available to travel

Teach.Genetics (  and Learn.Genetics ( websites are award-winning! Brought to you by University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center

Science Ideas & Misconceptions cover 16 areas of science knowledge  from the American Association for the Advancement of Science:

"Science in the Classroom"  is a set of annotated scientific research papers on various topics with accompanying teaching materials

UK has a Physics “Petting Zoo” you can request:

AirNow shows real-time air quality data from the EPA. Check out the Teachers link on the left for Air Quality lesson plans:

Research on Science Teaching & Assessment


Measuring Science Instructional Practice: A Survey Tool for the Age of NGSS,” Kathryn N. Hayes, Christine S. Lee, Rachelle DiStefano, Dawn O’Connor, Jeffery C. Seitz, SF Bay Integrated Middle School Science Project, Journal of Science Teacher Education, February 2016.
What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones Toward Making Sense of the World,” Todd Campbell, Christina Schwarz, Mark Windschitl, The Science Teacher, March 2016.
Addressing Three Common Myths About the Next Generation Science Standards,” Kenneth L. Huff, The Science Teacher, January 2016


Three-Dimensional Instruction: Using a New Type of Teaching in the Science Classroom,” Joseph Krajcik, The Science Teacher, November 2015.
DCIs, SEPs, and CCs, Oh My! Understanding the Three Dimensions of the NGSS,” Ravit Golan Duncan, Veronica L. Cavera, The Science Teacher, October 2015.