K-12 Resources

XSEDE Reaches Out to the K-12 Community

Outreach Spotlight

XSEDE Works to Increase STEM Access for the K-12 Community

The National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) partnered with XSEDE to create a video that would help our community of STEM educators to better understand XSEDE's outreach to the K-12 community. Working with the Texas Advanced Computing Center and the Shodor Education Foundation, a comprehensive video was created to showcase the extensive STEM opportunities across the XSEDE partnership.

Student Outreach Programs

Middle school students learn about ocean science at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

San Diego Supercomputer Center's StudentTECH Program

Established*in 2006, the San Diego Supercomputer Center's StudentTECH program, an outreach program of the University of California, San Diego, offered year round programming for students in grades 4-12. Topics such as computer science, biotechnology, geology, math, engineering and science are covered through workshops and camps offered after school, on Saturdays and throughout the summer months. For more information, please visit http://education.sdsc.edu/studenttech/.

Texas Advanced Computing Center STEM Programs

The Texas Advanced Computing Center wants to engage K-12 students in meaningful, educational experiences that will have an impact in their lives, empowering them to be full participants in STEM innovation. We want to create relationships with students and their families far beyond one-time interactions. For more information, please visit https://www.tacc.utexas.edu/education/stem-programs.

Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute Ready, Set, Robots! Summer Camp

High school students learn about advanced robotics and engineering in this advanced robotics workshop.

Ready, Set, Robots is a hands-on summer activity targeting multiple age groups (grades 4-6, 6-8, 8-12). . The camp introduced students to technology-related fields and concepts including computer programming, high performance computing, and networking as the students work side by side with Indiana University technology professionals and researchers. The program's goal is to spur the students' interest in science and technology so that they might consider pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline, thereby strengthening our 21st century workforce within the state of Indiana. View a video about the program by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7nDld4Ndtw.

Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute K-12 Outreach Program

Through outreach page, PTI provides information and teaching materials to assist educators in adding workshops to generate interest in STEM to their own curriculum. Each workshop has a brief description, links to information about the workshops held

by Indiana University with local schools, and teaching materials for educators to use in creating creating workshops in their classrooms. For more information, please visit

Purdue University Science K-12 Outreach Program

The Purdue Science K-12 Outreach program was initiated in 1989 to increase interest and achievement in science and mathematics at the pre-college level. We provide K-12 science and mathematics professional development programs for teachers, form long-term partnerships with school districts, and engage students in standards-based activities. Since 1989 our work has included:

  • Over 5,000 School Visits
  • Over 19,000 Teachers Participating in Activities
  • Over 800,000 Students Participating in Events
  • Ongoing Support of Professional Organizations Like HASTI and ICTM
  • Expended over $16,000,000 for K-12 Science and Mathematics Programs

For more information, please visit http://www.science.purdue.edu/K12/index.html.

High School Internship Programs

During one of the internships offered at SDSC, high school students uncover the wonders of physics and astronomy.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center Research Experience for High School Students

The Research Experience for High School Students, a volunteer eight-week summer program for students in grades 10-12, is intended to serve as a stepping stone for students who are considering pursuing a computational science curriculum as a major or minor when they enter college. Currently in its sixth year, the program accepts forty high school students each summer from across San Diego County. These students are immersed in research projects as varied as Parkinson's research, data analytics, neuroscience research and gene therapies. For more information, please visit http://education.sdsc.edu/studenttech/?page_id=657.

Shodor Education Foundation Mentor Center Internship Program

The Mentor Center Internship Program aims to bring the technologies, techniques, and tools of computational science and related information technology (IT) topics to local high school and college students. The goal of Shodor is not only to teach students computing in the sciences, but also to encourage the use of appropriate and authentic tools. Therefore, students will use a variety of tools in ways that are appropriate to the task, and that are, as much as possible, the same tools that are used by computational science practitioners. To learn more, please visit http://www.shodor.org/mentorcenter/.


A middle school student discovers the world of molecular science.

Ohio Supercomputing Center Using Computer Models in K-12 Education

Computer models can play an important role in science and math education by providing students with visual representations of complex scientific phenomena. As part of the efforts for the XSEDE education program, OSC has created several example exercises using computer models to explore scientific phenomena that could be used as part of a methods or science education course for pre-service teachers.  OSC has selected a few examples from a wide array of available simulations that can be found on the web.  The examples come from three different collections of science models: the Phet collection at the University of Colorado, ExploreLearning and the Molecular Workout.  There are many other sources of related materials many of which can be found by visiting https://www.osc.edu/~sgordon/k12.

Shodor Education Foundation's Interactivate

Interactivate is a popular set of interactive math and science education materials geared for grades 3-12. Resources, such as lesson plans, discussions, and activities are all aligned to national and state standards. To learn more, please visit http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/.

San Diego Supercomputer Center Discover Data Portal

The Discover Data Portal provides an experience of exploration and discovery. The mission of this project is to provide a way for K-12 educators to incorporate scientific data into their curricula. Our process is to select data from existing online freely available scientific data archives and build a series of lessons around them designed to guide K-12 and advanced high school students through beginning, intermediate, and advanced scientific tools. For more information, please visit http://education.sdsc.edu/discoverdata/.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center BEST—Better Educators of Science for Tomorrow Program

The Better Educators of Science for Tomorrow exposes teachers to modern molecular biology concepts, by incorporating computational biology and bioinformatics into high school curriculum.  BEST also prepares teachers to introduce their students to emerging and exciting biomedical careers.  Beginning as a pilot program in May 2007, BEST worked with local high school teachers to create a curriculum incorporating inquiry based bioinformatics and inquiry based teaching in southwestern Pennsylvania.  For more information, please vusut https://www.psc.edu/index.php/resources-for-educators.  For a higlight on participating educators, please visit http://www.psc.edu/index.php/the-best-teachers. For more information on incorporating these materials into a workshop or professional learning experience, please send email to eotinfo@psc.edu.

Find a Wealth of Scientific Teaching Resources

Explore a vast array of hard to find resources for your science classroom. Discover visualizations on DNA sequences and bone density. Or perhaps you are teaching chemical dynamics and seeking modeling resources.  Maybe your classroom is focused on the power of Exce beyond its spreadsheet capabilities. Whatever you are teaching, you will certainly find helpful resources to supplement your curriculum. To begin discovering this treasure chest of resources, please visit http://www.shodor.org/talks-new/.


If you have questions about any of these programs or wish to learn more, please contact Ange Mason at amason@ucsd.edu. Your question will then be directed to the correct XSEDE partner organization.