Ever wanted to take a virtual tour of the ocean, learn about the role of a hurricane hunter, or collect cards on famous inventors? Are you looking to educate your students about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census?
Kids across the country are home from school and teachers and parents are looking for educational resources to help kids stay connected and continue to learn.
The Commerce Department has a vast array of valuable resources to educate kids K-12 on topics such as our nation’s economy, our oceans, weather forecasts, notable inventions, and the importance of responding to the 2020 Census. These educational resources come from important Commerce Department agencies including the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Find below a list of these educational resources for teachers, parents and elementary, middle and high school students. The links below include interactive lessons, hands-on home activities, colorful maps, entertaining videos, virtual tours, tutorials, and mobile apps.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis: BEA provides resources for both students and teachers to learn about your state’s economy, how far your money will go in another state, and how we measure America’s economic well-being.
BEA Classroom: https://www.bea.gov/resources/learning-center/bea-in-the-classroom
BEA Learning Center: https://www.bea.gov/resources/learning-center
- U.S. Census Bureau: The Census Bureau offers resources to help your school, students and children learn about the importance of the 2020 Census and the importance of counting everyone. Activities include colorful maps about our country. Students can do lessons to learn about the importance of data to their state.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Just to name a few, students can learn about the weather, the Earth, space, sea life, the role of a hurricane hunter in forecasting hurricanes, and take a virtual tour of the ocean.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST): Kids can learn about the importance of measurement, the metric system, time keeping and even how speed and spin affects the curve ball in baseball.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO offers resources for kids, teens, parents and teachers. Kids can build their own inventions, collect famous inventor cards and Girl Scouts can earn their Intellectual Property (IP) Patch. Learn about inventions, famous patent holders, stories of inventors and entrepreneurs whose work has made a positive impact on the world including the invention of the modern dishwasher, an invention by an NFL football player to combat concussions and traumatic brain injuries, and an invention to improve the well-being of people with mobility impairments.
Science of Innovation
Inventor Trading Card Series
Journeys of Innovation
National Inventors Hall of Fame: Learn about the famous inventors who have been inducted to the prestigious National Inventors Hall of Fame and explore some cool STEM-related at-home activities: https://www.invent.org/at-home-learning-resources