The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in partnership with NC School of Science and Mathematics have developed sixteen open courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with over 3,500 resources. These STEM courses, now available in the NCLOR, have been designed to give teachers the materials they need to teach four, full-year courses in the subjects of: Agriscience & Biotechnology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Energy & Sustainability, and Health & Life Sciences. The courses are organized into topical lessons and those lessons are organized into units based on themes. Many of the units are fully integrated STEM units, meaning they contain real-world challenges and authentic assessments in science, technology, engineering and math.
All course content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Course Details: Click on any of the courses outlined below to view course contents in more detail.
- Course 1: Fundamentals of Flight (15 Units)
- Course 2: Material Science and Electrical Applications (10 Units)
- Course 3: Automation ( 8 Units )
- Course 4: Security (6 Units)
- Course 1: Agricultural Ecology (9 Units)
- Course 2: Agricultural Genetics (7 Units)
- Course 3: Agricultural Biotechnology (8 Units)
- Course 4: Agricultural Solutions (8 Units)
- Course 1: Foundations (7 Units)
- Course 2: Planetary Boundaries (8 Units)
- Course 3: Human Impacts (10 Units)
- Course 4: Paths to Global Solutions (10 Units)
- Course 1: Biomedical Systems I (8 Units)
- Course 2: Biomedical Systems II (7 Units)
- Course 3: Biomaterials, Statics, and Strength of Materials (7 Units)
- Course 4: Neuroscience, Neuroengineering, and Neuroeconomics (4 Units)
To access these courses, you can do any of the following:
- Click on any of the links above.
- Log into the NCLOR and click on “Browse by NCSSM STEM Courses ” on the left menu bar.
- If you are K-14 faculty, you can add the links to the resources directly to your LMS based course. (learn how)
The content available in the NCLOR from NROC has been updated with eight new collections. The eight new collections are: The Concord Consortium Collection, NMSU Learning Games Lab Collection, Mt. San Jacinto College Collection, Chattanooga State Technical College Collection, BioInteractive Collection, APES in a Box Collection, Virginia Historical Society Collection, and NASA eClips Collection. The NROC Project provides core academic rich multimedia content–videos, animations, and simulations–on general education subjects to middle-school, high-school teachers, college professors and their students. Over 490 new resources have been added to the NROC collection. These resources join the other 2,800+ items already available for NCCCS faculty use.
The Concord Consortium is a collection of Revolutionary Digital Learning items for Science, Engineering, and Math. The Concord Consortium is a nonprofit educational research and development organization based in Concord, Massachusetts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, PHY080, BIO090, MAT121, PHY101, EHS115. Number of items added = 41 Subjects included = Biology, Algebra, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental science
The Chattanooga State Technical Community College collection includes topics in Religion & Chemistry of Global Climate Change. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: CHM081, CHM082, CHM1312,CTC120, ENV110, ENV120, ENV222, ENV234, EPP112, HIS117, HUM122, NAN251, NUC110, PHS121, PHS140, REL110, REL111, REL112, REL221, SOC250, WAT3200. Number of items added =177 Subjects included = Religion, Chemistry, Atmospheric science, Climatology
The BioInteractive collection includes Cutting-edge Science Animations and Videos. BioInteractive series of films brings compelling stories of scientific discovery, featuring leading scientists in fields ranging from evolutionary biology and genetics to earth science. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ANT230, BIO094, BIO100, BIO111, BIO250, ENV120, GEL111, MED138, and PHS130. Number of items added =42 Subjects included = Biology, Environmental science
The Mt.San Jacinto College collection provides Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade course. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing projects, this class is beneficial. Please be aware that basic writers are the targeted audience for this course. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: ENG125, ENG126. Number of items added =15 Subjects included = English, Writing
New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab collection offers Math Snacks: Animations and Games for Middle School. Math Snacks are short animations and mini-games designed to present mathematics in a very different way. Math Snacks give students, especially those who don’t particularly like math, another way to look at math concepts. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: MAT101. Number of items added =22 Subjects included = Mathematics, Mathematics education
APES in a BOX collection contain AP Environmental Science Review courses. APES in a Box is an all-inclusive study guide for the AP Environmental Science exam. APES in a BOX has been updated to reflect changes in the 2011 APES Exam! APES in a Box was written by experienced APES teachers Benjy Wood and Dave Holbert. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: AGR121, AGR170, ALT120, ARG121, ARG170, ATT135, BIO145, EGY3001, EGY3004, EHS115, ELC231, ENV110, ENV120, ENV220, EPP112, FOR175, IVS110, NUC210, and PHS140. Number of items added =33 Subjects included = Environmental science
The Virginia Historical Society, founded in 1811 in Richmond, Virginia, is a major repository, research, and teaching center for Virginia history. The mission of the Virginia Historical Society is to connect people to America’s past through the unparalleled story of Virginia. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: HIS131, HIS132. Number of items added =14 Subjects included = United States history and State history
NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. New video segments are produced weekly exploring current applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics. NASA eClips™ offer unlimited flexibility in the classroom for timing, sequencing and pacing instruction to meet the needs of students and classroom instructors. The courses in the NCCCS combined course library that could be support by this content include: PHY080, PHY090, AST111, ENV120, and CHM092. Number of items added =147 Subjects included = Astronomy and astrophysics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth science, Food science, Physics, and Space sciences
Accessing Content: To find this content you can do any of the following:
- Search by free text by typing in the collection name: (i.e.“Chattanooga State Technical College” or “APES in a BOX” or “New Mexico State University Learning Games Lab” etc.)
- Browse by NROC resource series: Navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area> click on the The NROC Project > Sort by Subject Areas or Sort by NROC Collection
Important Note: Due to NROC license agreement this content is only available to NCCCS Faculty.
The National Science Foundation collection is now updated in the NCLOR to include 206 new videos. The National Science Foundation, along with its partners at NBC Learn and CBS News, have created a digital collection of science, technology and engineering related videos. The video series included in this collection are: Chalk Talk, Changing Planet, Chemistry Now, Green Revolution, Innovation Nation, Profiles of Scientists and Engineers, Road to the New Energy Economy, Science Behind the New, Science Nation, Science in Motion, and The Science of the Summer Olympics.
These new video series join The Science of NFL Football, The Science of NHL Hockey, The Science of Speed (NASCAR), and The Science of the Olympic Winter Games series which were previously made available in the NCLOR.
The subjects included in this collection update are: Agricultural and Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Health Medical Sciences, Information Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
The NCCCS courses that could be enriched by using these resource are: ANT210, BIO130, CHM080, CHM082, CHM3001, CTS287, EDU271, EGR110, ENV110,ENV120, ENV230, FOR171, MSC160, MSC172, MUS110, PHY080, PHY090, SOC210, SOC220, SST110, and SST140.
Accessibility Statement: All of the videos in this collection are closed captioned or have links to the text version of the video narration.
To access this resource series:
- log into the NCLOR www.explorethelor.org or through your institution’s learning management system (LMS)
- navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
- click on the National Science Foundation series.
In advance of the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory landing on August 5, the NCLOR Staff has updated the NASA open educational resources. The majority of the new resources have information about the Mars rover missions.
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is the most ambitious, complex mission in the history of robotic space exploration. On August 5, the mission will set down a large, mobile laboratory – the dune buggy-sized Curiosity rover – using a new form of precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time.
The types of NASA resources included in this update are: images, videos, PDF documents, and interactive resources.
Example Resource: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror Video
The NCCCS courses that could be enhanced by using these resources are: AST111, ATR281, ATR215, EGR230, EGR252, HIS132, PHY101, and RCT110.
To access the NASA series you can:
- log into the NCLOR as a guest or through your institution’s learning management system
- navigate to the Browse by Resource Series area
- click on the NASA series.
The NASA at 50 collection highlights key innovations and milestones in chemistry, physics, engineering, and space exploration from NASA’s fifty-year history. Each of the 18 clips serve as a gateway for further learning in science and history and promotes critical thinking and inquiry as essential components of scientific literacy.
Students can enjoy NASA at 50 in video or audio formats that are compatible with common portable media players. In addition, teacher’s guides are provided for each clip to facilitate integration of this exciting and engaging content into lesson plans.
To access the collection: log in your LMS or the NCLOR and select Browse by Resource Series > NASA at 50 Video Collection.