K-12 Resources

Teachers can borrow natural history kits created from our scientific collections of birds, mammals, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. Children can tour the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Laboratory, construct a mini Mars Lander, and do computer simulations as part of the MARS Gamma Ray Spectrometer Outreach Program.

The Southern Arizona GEMS Education (SAGE) Center is also on campus. GEMS, Great Explorations in Math and Science, is a well-respected curriculum materials development and teacher professional development program. We have an extensive lending library of GEMS material available to K-12 teachers.

Arizona Center for STEM Teachers
The Arizona Center for STEM Teachers offers courses and summer programs for science, technology, engineering and math education teachers statewide.

AZ START
AZ START is a professional development program that links the state's K-12 science teachers with the science research infrastructure throughout the state.

BioME
A partnership between the UA College of Science and Bio5, BioME (Biodiversity from Molecules to Ecosystems) is a NSF-funded GK-12 program designed to spark K-12 students' interest in the biological sciences while improving graduate students' abilities to communicate science.

Center for the Mathematics Education of Latinos/as (CEMELA)
CEMELA brings together experts in mathematics education, mathematics, language, and culture to collaboratively work on improving the mathematics education of low-income Latino students.

Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR)
The Center for Recruitment and Retention Project brings together first and second year middle and high school mathematics teachers, and provides monthly in-classroom support.

Do the Math TV Show
Do the Math" is a live 60-minute television show for math students and math teachers.

GEMS Education Center
The Felix Mystery, Acid Rain and Discovering Density are a few of the GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) guides and kits available for loan. GEMS are a proven resource for excellence in inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction.

Invertebrate and Benton Shell Collection Kits
An extensive collection of approximately 20,000 mollusk shells from all of the major metazoan phyla.

Math and Parent Partners (MAPPS)
Improving children's mathematical skills with parental involvement.

Mars/Gamma Ray Spectrometer
Workshops and curriculum illustrate several field-tested space science activities on the solar system and Mars for use in elementary and middle school classrooms.

NOAO Office of Education and Public Outreach

Science and Mathematics Education Center (SAMEC)
SAMEC acts as the liaison between the UA College of Science and the K-12 community.

Spanish Language Astronomy Materials Education Center
Spanish language educational materials that are valuable and unique national resource for teachers and informal science educators.

The Biology Project
The Biology Project is an interactive online resource for learning biology, designed for the college and high school level, but useful for all types of interested people.

The Space Imagery Center
The Space Imagery Center provides access to planetary images for the public, and to scientists for research. Tours and lectures for school children are available.

The Tree of Life Web Project
The Tree of Life documents the diversity of the world's creatures, from frogs and flowers to dinosaurs and protists. The site is used by scientists and students for up to date, accurate information on organisms. An educational page includes opportunities to build your own tree house on a favorite animal or plant.

Tucson Area Physics Teachers Organization (TAPT)
The group meets monthly as a support and social network and to exchange technical and administrative information for physics teachers. Each monthly meeting features a speaker on a topic in physics or physics education.

Tucson Natural History Website
A website with many images, powerpoint presentations, and earth science modules on the Tucson area.

UA Museum of Natural History
Natural History Kits are available for loan complete with specimens from the fish, mammal and invertebrate collections. Kits include the Benton Shell Kit, Animals without Backbones, and Fish Diversity.

UA/NASA Space Grant Program Pre-College Mini-Grants
Teachers can apply for funding to do space science projects in their classrooms.