The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The Center of Excellence in STEM Education

Center Resources

Center 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 contact us to share your links and resources with us to improve the educational materials for all. Thank you.

Check out the different resources we offer! Click on the links below to be redirected to that specific resource.

C-STEM Instructional Room


The room has 6 tables that sit 36 individuals plus additional chairs to accommodate a total of 50 individuals.

Reserve the Room

For film showings, we kindly ask for groups with a minimum of 15 members when you reserve the C-STEM Instructional Room.


  • a Smart Board
  • 50 3D Glasses
  • 15 Laptops
  • Mondopad
  • Document Scanner
  • Pen Tablet

iPad Applications

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

Ipad Apps

C-STEM Software

Check out the following software to enhance your classroom, teaching, and learning experience. You may just want to share it with others! Click here to download our Interactive Software List

Visible Body 3D
Visible Body 3D Category: Anatomy & Physiology
  • 3D human body simulator
  • Skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system etc.
  • Includes names and description of body parts
Celestia Category: Astronomy
  • 3D astronomy program
  • Explore space in any direction or time
  • View constellations, stars, and galaxies
Stellarium Category: Astronomy
  • 3D virtual planetarium
  • Displays distances of stars and galaxies
  • Eclipse simulation, supernova simulation, etc.
AVIDA ED Category: 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.
Accelrys Draw
Accelrys Draw Category: Chemistry
  • Draw and edit complex molecules
  • Create chemical reactions and biological sequences with ease
  • View and analyze molecules in 3D
Avogadro Category: Chemistry
  • Advanced molecule editor/visualizer
  • Designed for use in computational chemistry
  • Use in molecular modeling, bioinformatics, and related areas
SketchUp Make
SketchUp Make Category: 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.
Blender Category: 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
GIMP Category: Graphics
  • Image manipulation program
  • Image retouching and editing tool
  • Graphic design
ImageJ Category: Graphics
  • Image processing program
  • Display, edit, analyze, and process images
  • Geometric transformations
Style Builder
builderCategory: Graphics
  • Image editing program
Inkscape Category: Graphics
  • Vector graphics editor
  • Includes shapes, paths, text, markers, etc.
  • Create layers of images
VisIt Category: Graphics
  • Graphical analysis tool for viewing scientific data
  • Visualize scalar and vector fields
  • Quickly generate visualizations from their data
Geogebra Category: Mathematics
  • Mathematics software
  • Geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics, and calculus
  • View and edit graphs and equations
Wolfram Mathematica 8
WolframerCategory: Mathematics
  • Free-Form Linguistic Input
  • Authoring and Deploying CDFs
  • Combine Knowledge and Computation
  • Web Embedding and Free Wolfram CD Player
MatLab Category: 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 Category: Mathematics
  • LaTeX editor
  • Document preparation system for high-quality editing
  • Typesetting of complex mathematical equations
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives/MattiMath
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives/MattiMath Category: 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
MiKtex and Texmaker Category: 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 Category: Programming
  • introduces free-form linguistic input — a whole new way to compute. Enter plain English; get immediate results — no syntax required
The Layered Earth
The Layered Earth Category: 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.
Google Earth Website
Earther Category: Science
  • View of Moon
  • Views of 3d buildings
  • View of Mars
  • View of Sky
R/RStudio Category: Statistics
  • Software environment for statistical computing
  • Provides tools for data analysis
  • Classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, etc.
IBM SPSS Category: Statistics
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Bivariate statistics
  • Factor analysis, cluster analysis
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Wolfram Category: Calculus
  • Thousands of free applications
  • Graphically demonstrate calculus concepts
Wolfram Category: Mathematics
  • Free online LaTeX editor
Wolfram Category: Programming
  • Language & environment for statistical computing and graphics