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Engineering for Your Classroom

About This Course

This course is designed for grades 4 - 9 BC educators (teachers, teacher candidates, and administrators) who are interested in developing their capabilities and confidence in teaching engineering activities in their classrooms. Activities in this course relate to BC's Science and ADST curriculum. After completing this course, teachers will have ideas, inspiration, and resources to incorporate engineering & design-thinking activities into their classroom.

This course covers 8 modules that can be completed, at your own pace, in 8 - 12 hours. Modules include background information about teaching engineering, ready-to-go hands-on activities related to various engineering disciplines, and resources for creating your own engineering activities for your classroom. In this course, you will be asked to try out the activities using simple supplies you most likely already have at home so that you can experience the projects for yourself, much like how your students will. Supplementary resources are provided throughout the course to aid your learning.

Activities in this course relate to several engineering disciplines: civil, mechanical, biomedical, materials, and computer. This course will provide you with ready-to-go activities, inspiration for your own activities, resources for further learning, and a foundation in how to incorporate engineering in your classroom. This course will focus on the practical incorporation of engineering projects and less-so on the pedagogical aspects of teaching engineering.

This course is broken into 8 modules:

  1. Module 1: Introduction & Background
  2. Module 2: The Engineering Design Process
  3. Module 3: Civil & Mechanical Engineering Activities
  4. Module 4: Biomedical & Materials Engineering Activities
  5. Module 5: Computer Engineering Activities
  6. Module 6: Design Your Own Online Activity
  7. Module 7: Create Your Own Design Challenge
  8. Module 8: Constraints & Assessments
    1. The Course Learning Objectives are:

      • Become familiar with engineering through interactive lessons and activities
      • Become more comfortable and confident incorporating engineering in your classroom
      • Inspire engineering thinking in learners through collaborative and stimulating hands-on activities
      • Create online and in-person STEM activities using materials around you
      • Find relevant resources that can be incorporated into your curriculum through STEM activities
      • Incorporate general strategies for evaluating engineering activities
      • Understand common key terms that come up throughout the course
      Additional, module-specific learning objectives will be provided throughout the course.

      Upon succesful completion of all of the course activities, you will be issued a certificate of completion.


There are no required prequesites to participate in this course. This course is most well-suited to educators who are interested in teaching engineering in their grade 4 - 9 classrooms but have no or little experience doing so. Teachers who may have more experience teaching engineering in their classroom are welcome to participate as well and may simply find they complete the course in less time.

Course Team

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UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach

This course is created and run by members of the UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach program. UBC Geering Up Engineering Outreach is a non-profit organization with the mandate of engaging youth across BC in exciting STEM programs. Our professional development programs focus on integrating STEM activities into the classroom. Our programs leave participants with ideas, inspiration, and resources to further include STEM in your classroom.

The course creators are informal science educators who are experienced in delivering STEM outreach programs to youth and adults. This course gratefully acknowledges the support of all members of the Geering Up team, but especially wants to thank the hard work of the course team: Katarina Smith, Sarah Reny, Jacqui Nash, Jenny Zhu, and Shea Mills.

Frequently Asked Questions

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

Do I need any materials to take this course?

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

Does Geering Up have any other Pro-D opportunities?

Yes! You can check out all of Geering Up's Pro-D opportunities on our We are also happy to set up a pro-d event just for you and your colleagues - email us at

Can I take this course if I'm not from BC?

Of course! Anyone can sign up for this course. The course will reference BC's curriculum throughout, however, you could modify the activites to fit your local curriculum.

Who can I contact if I have questions about this course?

Please email us at