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University of British Columbia: Engineering for Your Classroom K – 3

Self-paced, asynchronous course aimed to help educators introduce Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM) concepts to K-3 students.

Engineering for Your Classroom K – 3
4 weeks
1–2 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
Optional upgrade available

About this course

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This course is designed for educators to learn about ways to teach Engineering and STEM concepts to their students through fun, hands-on activities. The goal is for teachers to feel more confident with engineering concepts and activities and to be able to create their own. This course will explore what engineering is and why it is important to teach it and introduce it to students at a young age, so we have more diversity in our engineering fields in the future. The course will take a look at how engineering ties to the curriculum in British Columbia and how you can use engineering design challenges to satisfy components of the Applied Design Skills and Technologies (ADST) curriculum. It will also dive into some basic coding for young learners and computational thinking strategies. We will provide suggestions for constraints when teaching these types of activities and various assessment and evaluation techniques. At the end of the course you will be provided with enough resources to begin to bring engineering design challenges into your classroom start to feel confident creating your own!

At a glance

  • Institution: UBCx
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites:
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills: Teaching, Engineering Design Process, Basic Math, Computational Thinking

What you'll learn

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  • What is Engineering
  • Why teach STEAM (science,technology, engineering, art, math)
  • Curriculum Connections- engineering and ADST
  • Diversity in Engineering
  • The Engineering Design Process
  • The different types of engineering
  • How to create your own engineering design challenge for your classroom
  • What is computational thinking
  • Learn some coding activities for your K-3 class
  • Constraints in teaching engineering
  • Assessment strategies for engineering challenges
  • How to implement all these in the classroom

Frequently Asked Questions

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How long will each course take?

Each course can be completed at your own pace, however, for each course, we will include an estimate as to how long we expect it to take on average.

What technology/equipment do I need to take these courses?

Each course is a browser-based course which can be completed on any laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection. You will be asked to upload photos of your work throughout the course, so access to a camera/webcam is useful but not required.

Do I get anything upon completion?

Yes! Upon completion of each course, our verified learners will receive a certificate along with access to many resources!

Can I take these courses if I don’t teach in BC?

Absolutely! Anyone can sign up for these courses

Do I need any materials to complete this course?

Depending on the course, you will be asked to complete some activities using simple materials you likely already have at home such as cardboard, popsicle sticks, and elastics. Alternate material suggestions will always be provided.

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