STEM Education 

Free E-books for Teaching Science


Parents and teachers can download free e-books of materials for teaching science from Science Connected.

Your donation matters!

This free science teaching resource program is funded by grants from Awesome Without Borders, the Pollination Project, the Clif Bar Family Foundation, and individual donors who care deeply about providing equal access to STEM education.

But the program cannot continue without your help. When downloading a free e-book, please consider making a donation or shopping for one of our affordably-priced books.

The Value of Science Education

Ensuring that all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is a priority of the US Department of Education. In 2011, however, only 35 percent of middle school students and only 26 percent of 12th grade students performed at or above grade level in science. Science Connected is meeting this challenge by creating supplemental learning materials for middle school and high school classrooms and offering them free to teachers and parents.

What is Science Connected?

Science Connected is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit producer of fun, engaging, research-based science education resources. We are a global group of scientists and science communicators who are dedicated to increasing public understanding of science and creating free and equal access to science education.

Together we help scientists provide public access to their research findings; translate complex research findings into accessible insights on science, nature, and technology; and facilitate scientific research, communication, and lifelong learning.

Our organization views science as a space for growth, opportunity, community, environmental stewardship, and education. We put this view into practice by creating a collaborative space for researchers, citizen scientists, educators, and science communicators to write about scientific projects that will change our world. And because we also report on the culture and politics surrounding science, we often focus on its human side, offering a place for scientists and community members to tell their stories. In addition to publishing Science Connected Magazine, we produce teaching guides, lab manuals, and paperback anthologies.

Free and Affordable STEM Education

Why should we invest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education? The benefits are many. We live in an era of constant scientific discovery and technological change. Science directly impacts our lives and requires our input as informed citizens. Moreover, as our economy increasingly depends on advances in science and technology, new jobs are created in STEM fields. The success of nations depends on building a scientifically literate citizenry and a skilled, STEM-educated workforce.

Scientific literacy is essential to a post-industrial society. Companies often seek to hire STEM-literate employees, only to be met with a shortage of qualified applicants. By ensuring that all students have access to education in STEM subjects, we can close the so-called “skills gap.”

At Science Connected, we work with scientists and educators to provide children with the scientific knowledge that will help employ them, help them become the citizens, leaders, and innovators of tomorrow. But that’s not all. We also work with researchers, journalists, universities, and industry leaders to provide cutting-edge research findings to people of all ages who continue to change our world for the better.

Your investment helps  further our efforts to transform science education. Your support has the potential to change hundreds of thousands of lives by nurturing the inner scientist in people of all ages—innovators and leaders of today and tomorrow.

Reference: National Science Foundation STEM Education Data


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