Resources for K-12 Teachers and Students

STEM learning resources enhance classroom learning for students at every grade level

In our mission to support STEM workforce development and education, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education provides teachers and students with supplemental resources for at home and in the classroom. Educators who teach K-12 grades have access to our library of hands-on, STEM lesson plans for all ages, and can share their own, original K-12 STEM lesson plans through ORISE lesson plan competitions.

Parents and K-12 students have access to a selection of online games and activities that introduce students to a variety of STEM subjects including computer programming, environmental sciences, virtual reality, coding and more. ORISE online activities not only introduce students to skills that lay the foundation for future STEM careers, but foster curiosity and innovation in student learning. Elementary to high school students also have opportunities to gain competitive educational experiences through ORISE K-12 student competitions.

ORISE K-12 STEM resources are available to teachers, parents and students of all ages year round. For more information, contact our K-12 team at

Here’s to 30 years and 30 more!

ORISE celebrates 30 years of providing STEM outreach opportunities for teachers and students around the country. To commemorate this accomplishment and thank our wonderful participants, we have created a map to represent our competition winners throughout the years. We look forward to watching our map grow in the coming years!

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Harnessed Atom middle school STEM curriculum

The Harnessed Atom middle school STEM curriculum provides teachers with non-biased information on energy science and nuclear energy for classroom instruction. Developed under a contract with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, the curriculum covers the essential principles of energy and matter and provide teachers with an engaging platform to excite students’ learning about these topics.

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