Why STEM? “Four billion people on the planet use a mobile phone, while 3.5 billion people use a toothbrush. In the past two years, 90% of all the world’s data has been generated. NASA plans to set foot on Mars in the next 20 years, and driverless cars are already being tested in Europe. The future is here, and it requires a citizenry fluent in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).”
— Smithsonian Science Education Center

STEM Platforms Grades K-8

  • TeachEngineering
    Excellent K-12 NGSS standards-aligned, hands-on lessons, activities, maker challenges and more. Students will learn about key engineering concepts. Very user-friendly website allowing visitors to browse easily to find the right information.
  • PBS STEM a plethora of high quality STEM and other subject related areas. The site is well organized including various types of media content, interactive lessons, and a free personalized online dashboard for customize learning.
  • Concord Consortium engages students with scientifically accurate virtual labs, hands-on digital tools and interactive modules. Make the invisible visible and explorable in a way that brings out the inner scientist in everyone.
  • Amazon Future Engineers offers free comprehensive classes from childhood-to-career programs aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults.
  • Google Education is a repository of Google’s cutting edge STEM lesson plans, virtual reality, computer coding, and Language Arts.
  • learnXdesign offers design based learning resources for broader learning strategies.
  • Science Buddies is an award-winning, non-profit content provider empowering K-12 students, parents, and teachers to quickly and easily find free project ideas and help in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology. 
  • Microsoft Library Hacks are hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities that use everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible, and fun for everyone.
  • Siemans Foundation invested more than $122 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education skill-based initiatives. While guiding young minds about the pathways toward STEM careers. These much needed skills are designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
  • TGR Foundation offers interactive resources, designed for grades 6-12, to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-world applications to access integrated STEM learning .
  • NYSci Discover over 450 exhibits, events, and workshops designed to engage ages 1 to 100. With over 100,000 square feet of indoor exhibition space, plus 60,000 square feet of outdoors, you’ve got room to explore!

Game Design

Calling all Gamers.

Do you have what it takes?


  • Lynda offers software video tutorial classes divided into short segments, from MS Office to Auto CAD and everything in between. Login with your Northbrook library card number and password/PIN.

  • is an aggregate of courses from many providers to make it easy to find the best courses on almost any subject, wherever they exist on the web. The aim is to provide an unbiased platform for learners to discover the best sources to learn a new skill.

Computer Coding




  • Machine Learning for Kids is a free tool introducing machine learning by providing hands-on experiences for training machine learning systems and building things with them.


  • DeepMind if your interested in learning the inside track about artificial intelligence look no further.

OpenAI is a research laboratory based in San Francisco, California. Their work examines the potential use for artificial intelligence. Imagine exploring aspects of neural networks, reinforced learning algorithms, and generative language models or any other aspect in the frontier of artificial intelligence.


S2 Ep9: The promise of AI with Demis Hassabis DeepMind: The Podcast

Hannah wraps up the series by meeting DeepMind co-founder and CEO, Demis Hassabis. In an extended interview, Demis describes why he believes AGI is possible, how we can get there, and the problems he hopes it will solve. Along the way, he highlights the important role of consciousness and why he’s so optimistic that AI can help solve many of the world’s major challenges. As a final note, Demis shares the story of a personal meeting with Stephen Hawking to discuss the future of AI and discloses Hawking’s parting message. For questions or feedback on the series, message us on Twitter @DeepMind or email  Interviewee: Deepmind co-founder and CEO, Demis Hassabis Credits Presenter: Hannah Fry Series Producer: Dan Hardoon Production support: Jill Achineku Sounds design: Emma Barnaby Music composition: Eleni Shaw Sound Engineer: Nigel Appleton Editor: David Prest Commissioned by DeepMind Thank you to everyone who made this season possible!  Further reading:  DeepMind, The Podcast: DeepMind’s Demis Hassabis on its breakthrough scientific discoveries, WIRED: Riemann hypothesis, Wikipedia: Using AI to accelerate scientific discovery by Demis Hassabis, Kendrew Lecture 2021: Protein Folding & the Next Technological Revolution by Demis Hassabis, Bloomberg: The Algorithm, MIT Technology Review: Machine learning resources, The Royal Society: How to get empowered, not overpowered, by AI, TED:
  1. S2 Ep9: The promise of AI with Demis Hassabis
  2. S2 Ep8: Fair for all
  3. S2 Ep7: Me, myself and AI
  4. S2 Ep6: AI for science
  5. S2 Ep5: The road to AGI

Discover Your Hacker

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  • Hack a Day Engineering Hacks by and for curious minds.
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  • Defend the Web is a interactive security platform where you can learn and challenge your skills. Try and complete all of our 60+ hacking levels. 
  • Over The Wire helps you to learn and practice security concepts in the form of fun-filled games.

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