STEM Resources at National Museum of the American Indian

Check out this wonderful multimedia educational resources from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NAMI).  This resource offers a variety of interdisciplinary, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)–related resources and lessons for all ages.

Just to sample a couple: 

  • Check out the "Inka Engineering and the Q'eswachaka Bridge"  informational poster (available in both English and Spanish-language versions) that introduces students to the Inka Empire and the Great Inka Road system.  This posters brings classroom activities emphasize the cultural significance of Q’eswachaka while teaching students about engineering concepts of tension and compression.
  • Maya Skies: Calendars, Seasons, and Time, is another resources that presents games and a bilingual (English-Spanish) website featuring text and videos about Mayan culture and people, their mathematics, calendars, and astronomy. 

Happy Teaching! 


These resources can also help lead into conversations around STEM occupations as well. Discussing different bridges and structures and is very timely with the recent passage of the Infrastructure bill which will bring new jobs to many states as they work to improve their roadways and bridges.