KQED Youth Media Challenges for STEM Educators. Illustrations of gears, beakers, microscope.

Free Media Resources for STEMFree Media Resources for STEM

These classroom resources and educator professional development courses are provided for free by nonprofit public media station KQED.

Classroom Resources

Lesson plans and resources aligned to NGSS, geared toward middle and high school classes.

Science Documentary Youth Media Challenge

KQED Youth Media Challenge Science Documentary. Illustration of student with a beaker and microscope.

Give your secondary students the opportunity to share how they see the world around them by making their own short science documentaries. Students will use cinematography and storytelling to highlight a scientific observation that impacts their family, school or community. This project is aligned with NGSS and comes with modifiable curriculum. 

Engineering for Good Youth Media Challenge

KQED Youth Media Challenge Engineering for Good. Illustration of head with gears and buildings
Engage your students by designing solutions for real-world problems and making media for an authentic audience. This project-based curriculum is aligned with NGSS and designed for use in distance-learning or in-person instruction and comes with ready-to-use curricular supports.


KQED Learn Discussions

Various science images in a 6-image grid.

A place for students to practice engaging in argument from evidence through discussion and media-making around science concepts. Each discussion includes a video from KQED’s Deep Look or Above the Noise, lesson plans, viewing guides and transcripts in English and Spanish. Get started with one of these popular discussions:

Professional Learning

Free professional development to help you hone your media making skills and incorporate media literacy into your teaching.

KQED Teach Media Academy for Educators

These free, instructor-led online courses for educators exploring media-making and evaluating information, with STEM-specific resources and meetups. KQED Teach’s learn-by-doing model means that you’ll have the practice and planning you’ll need to implement media projects in your STEM classroom!

PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED

A great way to demonstrate your teaching skills in science and engineering practices through media literacy. Certification is earned by completing 8 micro-credentials.

More Education Content From KQED

KQED Science: Award-winning science and environment coverage from the Bay Area and beyond.

Deep Look: Explore big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small with Deep Look, a new ultra-HD (4K) short video series.

PBS LearningMedia: Curated STEM activities, lesson plans and resources for middle and high school.

Mind/Shift: Explore the future of learning in all its dimensions — including cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more on this blog and podcast.

KQED Classics

Quest: Engaging, relevant science and engineering resources covering topics from biology to geology.

Do Now:  (published 2014 - 2017).  Do you miss Do Now and want more like it? Try KQED Learn discussions.

The Lowdown: (published 2011 - 2018). Love The Lowdown but want fresh, timely content? Try Above the Noise.



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