Nevada Robotics at DRI

In 2018, as part of the Tesla Education Investment, Nevada Robotics was established to provide state-wide professional development for educators to bring more CS-STEM to the classroom. To date, Nevada Robotics has hosted over 70 hands-on trainings and provides on-going support to schools and teachers in all corners of Nevada. Nevada Robotics has successfully trained over 2,000 teachers reaching 200,000 students in grades PK-12. The mission is to support robotics, drones, engineering, & computer science in PK-12 education: focusing on Title 1, rural, and reservation schools. The vision is for all students across Nevada to think creatively and solve complex problems through hands-on robotics education.

Stardust Mystery Project

We have created a series of science stories, YouTube videos, games, and additional resources to teach late elementary and middle school students about:

·       atoms (size, number, kinds, and arrangements)

·       how atoms were created during the evolution of the Universe

·       how atoms have been shared by plants and animals during the history of Planet Earth

·       how the Coronavirus and mRNA vaccines interact with our bodies

These resources were created as part of our STARDUST MYSTERY PROJECT funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

STEM Demonstrations

The Center for Energy Research team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has created solar-based kits designed to teach students about engineering, solar energy, and science. Our team would like to provide your students with the opportunity to use these educational kits and learn about the different ways that solar energy can be used.

We have a simple Fan & Light Kit designed to power fans and lightbulbs with a photovoltaic panel, a student-assembled Off-Grid Kit designed to power a battery that in return can power anything with a plug or USB, a student-assembled Water Heater Kit designed to heat up water through solar thermal energy, and a solar cell audio kit to learn the concepts of making circuits, converting light waves to electric waves and sound waves. This kit will show the students how sound is created and magnified by converting electric energy to light energy and then to sound waves.

Tech Trekker at UNLV

Our primary mission is to increase student exposure to and engagement in modern science and engineering tools in order to encourage students into high-demand STEM fields. Teachers can request equipment and Tech Trekker staff to visit their school up to three times per year. A wide range of science and engineering equipment is available, and teachers can choose to use the standards-aligned lessons associated with the equipment or come up with their own ideas to integrate the equipment into their classroom lesson. Tech Trekker is a free program for K-12 schools in the Las Vegas Valley.


CodeWizardsHQ is the leading online coding school for kids and teens ages 8-18. We deliver the most fun and effective live, online coding classes which are designed to give our students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world.

We offer both 12-week classes and 1-week summer camps.

The Stardust Mystery

A great book and resources to inspire young girl and boy scientists. – Supported by the National Science Foundation.
I have a great book, YouTube videos, video games and student projects to inspire young girls and boys interested in science. They were created with support from the National Science Foundation. The book’s heroes are three young girl cousins who join their boy cousin to solve a scientific puzzle. The four characters star in many of our science videos that you can find on The Stardust Mystery YouTube Channel. Part 1 of the book and short stories based on the book can be found on our web site on the Book and Kids pages. There are also kid’s projects and links to the videos.
The resources are all about the story of Stardust. The Stardust theme is: we are made of stardust that was once in the body of Albert Einstein and the last T-Rex. The story is about atoms, their properties, kinds, and arrangements. It is about how atoms were created in star explosions during the evolution of the universe and shared by plants and animals (Including Einstein, the Last T-Rex and ourselves) during the history of planet Earth.
Here is what one science teacher and mother said about The Stardust Mystery book on GoodReads.
This book was great! I have discussed this with my students, and we are reading it together. They are loving the information presented in a fun and relatable way. They love seeing the different families that work together to complete a common goal. I love that it uses scientific concepts and principles that we are learning in the classroom. The authors do a great job of presenting the information in ways that provide the students with the content knowledge they need. As a middle school teacher, this is a great resource for my STEM classroom. We are currently working on the project portion that is provided for teachers. My students are enjoying the website and all that it entails. As a Science teacher, I recommend this book for all science teachers! As a parent, my own children are enjoying the story and learning things they have not learned in school yet! Allie is a Middle School Teacher and a Goodreads Book Reviewer.
Educators can get the Stardust Mystery lesson plans by sending an email to and putting LESSON PLANS in the subject line.
I would be happy to tell you more about the whole Stardust Mystery Project. Maybe you can help get our resources to young girls and boys interested in science.


At Learn2Code, students from top tier universities teach coding to kids in structured live online coding classes. We enable easy access to high quality beginner to advanced level coding lessons for kids. In Learn2Code classes, students write, test and debug code with an instructor over live video classes. The classes are held in private, semi-private or group environments. Learn2Code programs inspire creativity and confidence among kids, and hone their problem solving skills. Moreover, Learn2Code instructors are students of top tier universities who also serve as role models to further motivate the kids.

Roger D. Gehring Academy of Science and Technology Magnet School

At Roger D. Gehring Academy of Science and Technology, students participate in interdisciplinary, hands-on projects which incorporate standards-based learning in the school created community gardens, tortoise habitat, biomedical science and engineering labs, and technology and media rooms.

Using the renowned Project Lead The Way Launch curriculum, we provide students with unique opportunities to work collaboratively, identify problems, apply what they know, persevere through challenges, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.

Our school offers before school clubs such as; Coding, Robotics, Math, Choir, Art, and JAWS. In addition, we have recess-time clubs in Athletics, Art, Music, and Library activities. Our instructional day includes an additional 19 minutes beyond the traditional CCSD instructional day.

Engineering for Kids Camps & Classes

Engineering for Kids brings the excitement of STEM education to children, through hands-on experiments. Our camps, for ages 4 through 14, nurture students’ natural curiosity by guiding them in experiments that will show them the real-world relevance of the theory they learned in school.
Our campers are divided into three age groups with age appropriate curriculum. (Grades K-1, Grades 2-5 and Grades 6-8)
Here are some of our current offerings:
3D Printing & CAD, VEX Robotics, Lego EV3 Robotics, Coding, Minecraft & Roblox Moding, Hands-on Engineering, Video Game Design and much more!

Science Alive

Science Alive conducts education and outreach for the Desert Research Institute (DRI), a global scientific research and development institute under the Nevada System of Higher Education. The mission of Science Alive is to support pre-K-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community. Science Alive achieves our mission by providing inquiry based STEM Curriculum through our Green Boxes, offering Teacher Trainings and Workshops throughout the school year, and through School Support in the form of speakers, field trips, and special opportunities.