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Publishing k 12 engineering curriculum via the teachengineering digital library
Publishing K-12 Engineering Curriculum via the TeachEngineering Digital Library

Jacquelyn Sullivan

Associate Dean

College of Engineering & Applied Science University of Colorado Boulder

TeachEngineering Purpose

To become a national platform for user-generated K-12 engineering science and design curricula. Exploiting TeachEngineering’s inquiry-based lessons and hands-on activities, teachers make the creativity of engineering – and its relevance to the lives of youth – come alive.

  • TeachEngineering contents:

  • 57 curricular units

  • 348 lessons

  • 599 hands-on activities

  • From 19 institutions

  • …and growing monthly

TeachEngineering Features

All 50 states; international ITEEA

National (McREL, AAAS, NSES, NCTM)

  • Standards-aligned 

  • Dynamic, ongoing cross-alignment

  • Organized by:

    • Hands-on activities

    • Lessons

    • Multi-week curricular units

  • Flexible search engine

  • Free for teachers to use

  • Incorporates NAE Changing the Conversationmessaging in every lesson/activity

  • Open to submissions from all institutions

  • NAE CTCmessaging

Teachengineering usage history
TeachEngineering Usage History

  • During2010, received 1.5M hits from 489,805 different users

  • Usage tracks to the K-12 academic year

  • During the first half of this academic year, usage averaged 64,289 unique users per month (up 29%)

  • Teachers provide feedback  continual improvement

  • Recognized by NSDL in 2010 for top quality (of 121 collections)

The teacher buzz
The teacher buzz…

  • “I work with a number of high schools on a project-based pre-engineering course. Several of the teachers have used the TeachEngineering materials and found them to be very good.”

  • —E.R., university distance learning director, Cincinnati, OH

  • “We are using TE curricula as “one strategy to engage K-12 students around engineering as a ‘hook’ to getting them into taking the math and science needed for our ever-growing technology-dependent jobs in the Mobile area.” – S.P., education foundation program director, Mobile, AL

  • “…this is the third year that I have used your site... I have found it very useful. I have been spreading the word as much as possible. I am of the belief of why reinvent the wheel and this is why I use your site. Thank you again.” — S.G., grade 5 teacher, Truth or Consequences, NM

Why would i want to publish in te
Why would I want to publish in TE?

  • National (and beyond) dissemination of your work

  • Continual standards realignment

  • Expanding features across collection

    • Adding ITEEA standards now

    • Just added NAE Changing the Conversation messaging

  • Continual backbone maintenance

  • Join the 34 other engineering colleges creating something great for K-12 educators & learners

How do i publish
How do I publish?

  • Create and classroom-test your K-12 engineering curricula

    ~ must be original work ~

  • Format your material into the TE Word templates

    • Flexible to incorporate different teaching styles within common core requirements  results in standardized TE “look-n-feel”

  • Conduct your own internal reviews prior to TE submission to improve your success in the review process

  • Keep your RET PIs and teachers in the loop

  • Agree to allow others to freely use your lessons and activities for educational purposes

  • Your program is recognized at the top of published documents

Engineering categories
Engineering Categories

  • Goal: To accommodate differences in how programs introduce engineering to K-12 learners

  • Meet one of three Engineering Categories:

    • Category 1: Relating science or math concept(s) to engineering

    • Category 2: Engineering analysis or partial design

    • Category 3: Complete engineering design process

  • Indicated by a 3-dot system

Review and publication process
Review and Publication Process

  • Submit documents to TeachEngineeringin Word templates

  • Editor looks at submissions to make sure they are complete and ready for review

  • Documents sent to reviewers (like a journal)

    • K-12 Content Review – Teacher uses rubric to ensure quality, readability and usability by teachers

    • Engineering Review – Engineer or upper-level engineering student uses rubric to evaluate technical content and determine engineering category

  • TE provides a final edit of the document and converts it from Word to the website format

Participating rets so far
Participating RETs so far

Published RETs

  • Vanderbilt University (+ more curricula under review)

  • Purdue University

  • University of Houston (+ more curricula under review)

    Accepted RETs (in final stages of publishing)

  • University of Minnesota

  • Duke University-Mechanical Engineering

    RET submissions in review process

  • Clemson University

  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • North Carolina A&T

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering

  • University of Texas-Arlington

Come share your great work
Come share your great work…

 Be a contributor:

TeachEngineering website:

Publishing instructions:

TE submission portal:

 Be a reviewer:

Easy online form:

Contact us:

Principal Editor: Paul Klenk | 312-857-3853 | [email protected]

General e-mail: [email protected]

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