Programs for Elementary School Teachers
Second graders from local public schools come to Stanford on a field trip to explore and experience fun and engaging activities and learn about the “work of a geologist” with hands-on educational activities focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils, and soil. There is no charge but the schedule fills up quickly.
The Center for Supporting Excellence in Teaching (CSET) offers short courses focused on the development of effective instructional practices for a variety of content areas and grade levels. Dates and topics vary but many courses are focused on STEM. See especially their Content Deepening Courses and Professional Learning Design Labs.
This program arranges classroom visits by Chemistry graduate students to local high school and K-5 classrooms. Stanford undergraduate and graduate researchers give hour-long science lessons showcasing various scientific principles. The demonstrations will be hands-on, and the students will be actively engaged with questions posed throughout the lesson.
MRS Outreach Ambassadors are graduate students in the Stanford Chapter of the Materials Research Society who offer in-class demonstrations and lectures on the materials of our world, materials of the future, and careers in science and engineering. Teachers may request a school visit at no charge.
The Stanford School of Design (d.School) K12 Lab Network offers various workshops for K-12 teachers and administrators, including Discover Design Thinking and Project Wayfinder Educator Training.
Stanford Science Penpals connects 6th-12th graders across the U.S. to Stanford scientists. The goal is to expose kids to diverse scientific careers, answer science questions, and share a love of science! Penpal exchanges start in September and end in June. We encourage students to get in touch with us.
Stanford's OSA/SPIE student chapter is active in outreach to K-12 students and teachers. We offer hands-on demonstrations and exhibits at school science fairs and large science festivals, as well as classroom-style presentations. We spark students' interests in science by teaching about light. There is no charge for our outreach activities.