K-12 Engineering Education
We offer a wide range of hands-on engineering opportunities for K-12 teachers and students, faculty and the general public and help develop the next generation of innovative and ground-breaking engineers.
We focus on:
Engaging students through design-based projects while deepening their understanding of fundamental concepts and interrelationships;
Improving student learning through hands-on and project-based experiences that connect them to everyday STEM applications;
Raising the level of technological literacy of all students through gaining practical skills and a deeper comprehension of our dynamic modern world;
Introducing exciting career paths by opening students’ eyes to how our lives are enriched by the work of engineers.
Education and Outreach Programs
The Teach Engineering Digital Library is a searchable collection of standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 educators. Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation, the enterprise is a collaboration among faculty and teachers from more than 50 U.S. higher education institutions who are passionate about K-12 engineering education. The online collection provides over 1,600 free STEM lesson plans, hands-on activities, and maker challenges, as well as ~100 engineering activity videos.
The COSTEM—COlorado Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—Mentorship Program is a new partnership between the ITL Program and the I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County. The program connects CU undergraduate engineering students with low-income middle school students in Boulder and Longmont for small group mentoring and tutoring in math and science and hands-on engineering extension activities.
CU Teach is an innovative, nationally renowned secondary math and science teacher education program offered through a collaboration among the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering and Applied Science.