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Instructional Resources

The Center of Excellence in STEM Education is committed to student and faculty professional development and growth. Below are listings of films, online resources, and iPad applications available at the Center or online to help students and faculty enhance their learning and teaching. Please share your links and resources with us to improve the educational materials for all; click here for your contributions. Thank you.

Films | iPad Apps | C-STEM Software


Come and explore the past, earth, and space! The following 3D films are available for showing at the C-STEM; 3D glasses are provided. To reserve the C-STEM, please visit Room Reservation located on the homepage. In addition, click on the film name to learn more about the content.

For film showings, we kindly ask for groups with a minimum of 15 members.

Film Name Image Film Name Image
IMAX Born to be Wild IMAX Deep Sea
Flying Monsters

National Geographic
IMAX Under the Sea
IMAX Hubble IMAX Space Station
IMAX To The Arctic 3D

iPad Applications

The following applications are available in the iPads at the C-STEM.

App Name App Name
3D Brain 3D Cell Simulation and Stain Tool
Click and Learn HHMI Easy Bib
GRE+ Organic Chemistry Essentials
AnatomyMapp Lite Autodesk ForceEffect Motion
BBC News Chemical Engineering AppSuite HD
CNN Discovery Channel HD
e-Science Magazine Educreations Interactive Whiteboard Genome Wowser
Google Earth Hubble Top 100
HudsonAlpha iCell inPractice Oncology
Khan Academy MathTerms
Mechanical Engineering Magazine Molecules
NASA App HD NASA Science: a Journey of Discovery
Neuro Localizer NOVA Elements
Planets PowerOne Scientific Calculator
Pointer PBS
Science360 Splashtop 2 Desktop App
TED Virtual Cell Animations
Video Calculus The Virtual Bacterial ID Lab
Xperica HD Al Gore-Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
Biology Series: Microbiology Quiz College Physics 101
College Physics Book DK The Human Body App
EarthViewer Electrical Engineering 101
Electronics Engineering Toolkit Pro Engineering Professional
Evolutionary Biology GeneticsLab Mobile
Geotimescale enhanced HD GoodNotes-Notes & PDF
Graphing Calculator GRE Physics Subject Test
iMolecular Draw Inside the World of Dinosaurs
Moon+ Moon Globe HD
Organic Compounds 3D PadCAD
PlantParts-Names and Flash Cards Pocket Heart 2
Pocket Universe: Virtual Sky Astronomy Powers of Minus Ten-Cells and Genetics
Pre-Calculus & Calculus by WAGmob Reagents
Skeletal Anatomy 3D- Quiz and Reference Sky Survey
The Elements: A Visual Exploration The Rock Cycle
Wolfram Algebra Course Assistant Wolfram Genomics Reference App
Wolfram Multivariable Calculus Course Assistant Doceri

C-STEM Software

Check out the following softwares to enhance your classroom, teaching, and learning experience. You may just want to share it with others!

Program Name Subject Description Image
Visible Body 3D Anatomy & Physiology • 3D human body simulator

• Skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system etc.

• Includes names and description of body parts
Celestia Astronomy • 3D astronomy program

• Explore space in any direction or time

• View constellations, stars, and galaxies
Stellarium Astronomy • 3D virtual planetarium

• Displays distances of stars and galaxies

• Eclipse simulation, supernova simulation, etc.
Accelrys Draw Chemistry • Draw and edit complex molecules

• Create chemical reactions and biological sequences with ease

• View and analyze molecules in 3D
Avogadro Chemistry • Advanced molecule editor/visualizer

• Designed for use in computational chemistry

• Use in molecular modeling, bioinformatics, and related areas
IBM SPSS Statistics • Descriptive statistics

• Bivariate statistics

• Factor analysis, cluster analysis
GIMP Graphics • Image manipulation program

• Image retouching and editing tool

• Graphic design
R/RStudio Statistics • Software environment for statistical computing

• Provides tools for data analysis

• Classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, etc.
ImageJ Graphics • Image processing program

• Display, edit, analyze, and process images

• Geometric transformations
Inkscape Graphics • Vector graphics editor

• Includes shapes, paths, text, markers, etc.

• Create layers of images
VisIt Graphics • Graphical analysis tool for viewing scientific data

• Visualize scalar and vector fields

• Quickly generate visualizations from their data
Geogebra Mathematics • Mathematics software

• Geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics, and calculus

• View and edit graphs and equations
MatLab Mathematics • Numerical computing environment

• Allows, matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms

• Create user interfaces and interfaces with programs written in other languages
TeXMaker/TeXstudio/TeXworks Mathematics • LaTeX editor

• Document preparation system for high-quality editing

• Typesetting of complex mathematical equations
Wolfram Mathematica 8 Mathematics • Matrix and data multiplication tools

• Tools for visualizing and analyzing graphs

• 2D and 3D data visualization tools
AVIDA ED Biology is an award-winning educational application developed at Michigan State University for undergraduate biology courses to help students learn about evolution and scientific method by allowing them to design and perform experiments to test hypotheses about evolutionary mechanisms using evolving digital organisms.
Blender Graphics is an open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives/MattiMath Mathematics is a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).
MiKtex and Texmaker Mathematics is an up-to-date implementation of TeX/LaTeX and related programs for Windows. TeX is a typesetting that is intended for the creation of books -especially for books that contain a lot of mathematics.
WinGRASS Programming introduces free-form linguistic input—a whole new way to compute. Enter plain English; get immediate results—no syntax required
SketchUp Make Engineering a 3D modeling program for a broad range of applications such as architectural, civil, mechanical, film as well as video game design. The program emphasizes ease of use, and an online repository of model assemblies (e.g., windows, doors, automobiles, entourage, etc.) known as 3D Warehouse enables designers to locate, download, use and contribute free models.
The Layered Earth Science is the ideal companion to your Earth Science textbook. The most difficult to visualize principles and concepts in geology are illustrated through interactive computer simulations and innovative exercises.