Discover an interdisciplinary approach to learning that engages students in relevant, rigorous, real-world problem solving. The emphasis on college and career readiness in Common Core Standards requires student critical thinking, communication, and adaptability across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students must be able to readily access relevant information, creatively and critically approach problems, and effectively communicate concepts and ideas. Explore the rationale and specific strategies for selecting, planning, implementing, and assessing lessons that develop these 21st century skills in students.

Coding: it's a word that's been getting a lot of media attention recently. Through computer coding experiences, students can develop logical thinking, persistence, and enhanced communication skills. Teachers in this fully online course will learn the fundamentals of coding and explore ways to integrate coding into their classroom curriculum. The readings and activities in this course support the Common Core Mathematics Content and Practice Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators. This course may be completed with or without students. No text is required.

The maker revolution has opened the door for educators to bring exciting engineering and design opportunities into the classroom. Invention, tinkering, and design can deeply engage learners in creative collaboration, the development of shared knowledge, and problem-solving processes. This fully online course will introduce teachers to the maker movement, its history, and key classroom applications. The readings and activities support the Common Core Mathematics Content and Practice Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators. This course may be completed with or without students. 

Students love to draw and create (teachers too!). Add a computer to this mix and students will discover they can create three-dimensional projects using powerful, yet easy to learn, modeling tools along with libraries of 3D objects. This course will introduce you to Google SketchUp, a free program that is powerful enough for commercial applications such as Architecture and Engineering, yet simple enough that a 3rd grader can learn to use it. This course will help you master the basics of SketchUp and explore ways to incorporate it into your instruction, ranging from Social Studies to STEM.

Today’s app-enabled robots are more user-friendly than ever, geared towards learners of all ages and levels of experience. Robotics learning develops 21st century STEM skills including coding and engineering as students engage in play, innovation, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration. This fully online course will introduce teachers to a variety of robotics tools and key applications that bring coding to life in the classroom. The readings and activities support the Common Core Mathematics Content and Practice Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators. This course may be completed with or without students. No text is required.

Think like an Engineer is a hands-on course designed for you to learn engineering practice and apply it in the classroom for your students. STEM is a national program whose goal is to produce qualified students that will pursue occupations in science, technology, engineering, and math. Engineers are tasked with drawing upon their creative powers to come up with quicker, better, and less expensive ways to do the things that need to be done. Part of the class has you putting yourself in the role of a student doing STEM labs. Through research and connecting with other STEM educators you will create/adapt hands-on STEM lessons for your students. You will connect with a practicing engineer and research engineering jobs. The bottom line, Think Like an Engineer, will give you the practical knowledge and resources to use your role as an educator to make this world a better place. This course supports state standards and is appropriate for grades K-14. Access to students is not required.