Methods of STEM Education* [Grades 6-12]

Target Grade(s): 6-12


Middle and High School students are capable of learning STEM content at a deep level of understanding when innovative classroom practices are put to use. Teachers, learn to apply research-based practices and philosophies valued in NGSS-based classrooms. Gain resources for analyzing authentic data, planning student-centered lessons, considering cultural relevance in teaching, and developing meaningful assessments for STEM activities. Identify how to integrate engineering design into your STEM classroom and learn how to properly represent the Nature of Science as students develop in their understanding and apply critical thinking to their real-world decisions. This foundations course is the basis for Endeavor's electives, where concepts are explored further.

Integrate STEM practices, content and pedagogy into your classroom with research-based methods of designing, assessing, and collaborating on STEM lessons.

What can I expect from this course?

Participants attend 5 LIVE, online sessions in a user-friendly format, which include, but are not limited to the following topics:

Session 1: STEM Integration: What's New and What Do I Already Do?
Session 2: Engaging Phenomena
Session 3: Engineering Design and Technology
Session 4: Designing Meaningful Assessments
Session 5: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

All NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas are integrated into this course. The specific focus of assignments and discussions are tailored by the participants needs.


  • Depth of Knowledge
  • 5E Lesson Planning
  • Phenomena Based Teaching
  • NGSS Philosophy
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
  • Engineering Design
  • Nature of Science

NGSS Science and Engineering 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.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe, compare, and implement a variety of pedagogical strategies, including assessment strategies that will enable students to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Understand the Nature of Science and its importance in STEM instruction.
  • Identify a variety of resources to meet NGSS performance expectations in STEM education.
  • Conduct investigations and use data to contextualize understanding through applied practices.
  • Develop integrated STEM lessons based on reform-based recommendations, i.e., NGSS and CCSS