The E in STEM: Meaningful Content for Engineering

Target Grade(s): K-12


Learn how to use engineering to make your classroom come alive. Bridge and teach math and science concepts through exciting applications in the Engineering Design Process where you and your students design, test, and evaluate models and real-life applications. Activities are hands-on and emphasize the reciprocities between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in formal design challenges. Educators enrich classroom curriculum with elements of design in science, mathematics, or technology activities, addressing important Next Generation Science Standards' engineering design practices.

Excite and inspire -- Bring integrated STEM to your students with Engineering Design.

What can I expect from this course?

Participants attend 5 LIVE online sessions that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Session 1: Topic: What is Problem Solving and Engineering Design?
          -Is it content?
          -Is it pedagogy?
Session 2: Topic: The Processes Engineers Use to Solve Problems
Session 3: Topic: Methods of Implementing NASA Engineering Design into the Classroom
Session 4: Topic: Engineering as an Interdisciplinary Tool for Integrative STEM Education

Asynchronous assignments assist participants in becoming comfortable with integrating engineering design with content into the classroom. Each course participant works with course instructors to address individual needs and goals. An extensive resource page with activities for K-12 classrooms helps educators incorporate the Engineering Design Process and NASA content into regular classroom instruction and evaluate engineering activities and curriculum that lead students to a greater understanding of the scientific and technological world.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Disciplinary Core Ideas:

This course addresses Engineering Design throughout and will meet any of the following specific ideas:

Matter and Its Interactions
Earth and Human Activity
Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Earth's Place in the Universe
Matter and Its Interactions
Earth's Systems
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and processes
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity


Attributes of Design; Engineering Design; Understanding about Science and Technology; Properties of Objects and Material; Science and Technology in Local, National, and Global Challenges; Ability to Assess the Impact of Products and Systems; The Relationships Among Technologies; Interdisciplinary Nature of Design

NGSS Scientific Practices (8 of 8 addressed):

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

What other opportunities may I pursue?

Participants may implement course content and develop a portfolio following the guidelines of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, with the goal of submitting work for National Board Certification.

Educators may seek opportunities to present at conferences, or among colleagues and education community stakeholders. Course instructors and mentors will support your individual goals to become leaders in integrated STEM education.