For Families

Decoding STEAM

Explore this page or download the brochure to learn more about STEAM and the role of toys and play in building STEAM skills. Brought to you by the The Genius of Play™


Design Squad Nation Parents, Educators & Engineers

Activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes from Design Squad Nation that can be used at home to engage and inspire kids in engineering. 


Engineer Your Life: Advising Your Kids

Resources from Engineer Your Life for parents and caregivers to learn more about engineering and to help girls in their lives consider engineering as a career.



The FabFems directory is a national database of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions who are inspiring role models for girls and young women. is an online collection of high-quality math and science hands-on activities available to anyone, free of charge. 


Instructables is an online place to explore and share science creations, including instructions for recreating them at home.


Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is an annual event to encourage girls in engineering. Find events near you, learn how to start an event, and explore resources to encourage girls in engineering.


Kids and Science: Pointers for Parents

Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) a program of Bayer Corporation, provides tips for parents and caregivers to help nurture and maintain children's interest in science and has developed the MSMS Experiment Guide which consists of fun and instructional experiments that can be done at home. 


NSTA Science Resources for Parents

The National Science Teachers Association provides a variety of science resources for parents and caregivers, including tips for busy parents, a guide to help your child explore science, and science book and product recommendations for all ages.


Parent Toolkit

An online toolkit that helps families track and support their child's academic, physical, social and emotional development. Includes a helpful blog post that describes what STEM is and offers activity suggestions for families to do at home. 


PBS Parents 

PBS Parents provides a host of activities and exemplary practices for parents, caregivers, and families to engage with children in math and science.



National PTA’s STEM + Families initiative increases access to STEM education and careers, especially among under-represented youth, by developing, evaluating and sharing effective ways to engage families in STEM experiences, while working with partners to improve access to STEM school and community learning environments.


Techbridge Family Resources

Family resources, including a Family Guide, STEM Summer Opportunities Guide, and hands-on activities for families, developed by Techbridge, an organization focused on expanding the academic and career options for girls in science, technology, and engineering.


The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
This guide features activities and resources designed to get K-12 students engaged and intersted in STEM.