Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

Intro Blog

Marion Usselman
Marion Usselman reflects on this month's theme with an introductory blog post that addresses how engineering can be integrated into the STEM classroom


Join this facilitated conversation to discuss strategies for integrating engineering into the STEM classroom. The conversation will bring together the perspectives of curriculum developers, researchers and teachers. We invite your participation!

Webinar Panel


Recorded: April 13th at 4:00 pm ET
Description: This panel, moderated by Dr. Marion Usselman, features three project teams and includes two research scientists (Dr. Meltem Alemdar, Dr. Nidaa Makki), a curriculum designer (Isabel Huff) and two teacher leaders (Chelsea Nicolino and Steven Huard) who have designed and implemented engineering programs in middle school classrooms.


Synthesis Brief

Brian Drayton
In this brief, Brian Drayton provides a synthesis of this month's theme "Integrating Engineering into Middle School Curriculum: Challenges, Strategies and Impact," that highlights key points and suggested recommendations discussed by those who participated in this month's discussion and webinar panel.

Theme Videos

The Zipping to STEM project focused on investigating the impact of integrating engineering design in the science curriculum on students’ understanding of science and engineering concepts and practices, and interest in STEM and STEM careers.
This project, a partnership between Georgia Tech and the Griffin-Spalding County Schools, developed, implemented, and assessed manufacturing-focused curriculum materials that support engaging and rigorous STEM instruction, and implemented STEM-focused enrichment activities for both students and teachers.
The Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated to Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP) project is an NSF MSP, funded at Georgia Tech in 2012 to promote workforce development and to cultivate the next generation of creative STEM innovators.
In the TEEMS project, we’re developing an engineering curriculum -- two NGSS-aligned units and seven lessons -- that integrate with sixth-grade science concepts. The TEEMS curriculum applies an innovative pedagogy called Imaginative Education (IE).  
UC-Santa Barbara and MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, an interactive science museum, are collaborating through an NSF grant to develop engineering design challenge museum field-trip programs and supporting pre- and post-field trip classroom activities that complement the field trip program by connecting the engineering activities to science core ideas and classroom learning.
The SPICE project is addressing the critical need for curriculum materials that integrate science, engineering, and computational thinking.