Computational tools for high school STEM

Empower learning and enrich your curriculum with free computational thinking lessons, assessments, and technology.

Looking toward the future

Computational thinking is a crucial science and engineering practice within the Next Generation Science Standards.

It's time for change

Scientists, mathematicians and engineers all use computational thinking to solve problems and learn about the world. Why should classrooms be different?

Feel empowered

Our free classroom resources help teachers confidently integrate computational thinking into their classrooms.

Browser-friendly CT lesson plans for your classroom

Assessment
45-50 min
CT-STEM Computational Thinking Post-Assessment Biology Form B - Lindblom
by Philip Woods
Standards: CT-STEM
Unit - Biology
6 Lessons
Integrating Agent-based Modeling in STEM Classrooms - SIGCSE 2019
2 Authors
Standards: CT-STEM, NGSS-DCI
Unit - Physics
3 Lessons
Modeling Electrostatics Using NetLogo
by Neil Schmidgall
Standards: CT-STEM
Assessment
45-50 min
CT-STEM Computational Thinking Pre-Assessment Bio Form A - Lindblom
by Golnaz Arastoopour Irgens
Standards: CT-STEM
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Teach with confidence

Our tried and tested lesson plan are NGSS-aligned, browser-friendly and free.

Designed to integrate with conventional curricula, CT-STEM lesson plans can be implemented on their own, or used to supplement lessons that you already feel comfortable teaching. Either way, your students will explore authentic computational practices that enrich convententional subject matter learning and nurture computational literacy.

Our content is co-designed with teachers, classroom tested, and backed by years of research at Northwestern University.

You can use our lessons to...

  • Enrich conventional content
    no need to change what content you're teaching
  • Explore authentic CT practices
    as relied upon by scientists, mathematicians and engineers
  • Meet modern education standards
    guarantee your alignment with the NGSS
  • Nurture computational literacy
    see your students develop powerful and transferable computational skills
  • Spend your time where it matters most
    our browser-friendly lessons are ready to go

What is CT?

Computational thinking empowers us to frame problems in a way that computers can help us solve them.

People are ingenious, but computers are lightning fast at processing information and following instructions. CT is about learning useful ways to compound our ingenuity with this raw, computational power.

Because computation is changing the way we think and learn about the world, understanding and leveraging its abilities has never been a more important skill for students to develop.


Where does CT fit in?

By equipping students with modern tools and challenging them to actively contsruct their understanding, you can boost content engagement while nurturing vital computational skills for the future.

Letting students explore and experiment before teaching them content can help to foster a genuine atmosphere of discovery in the classroom.

This is important because it provides the ideal context within which students can utilize authentic computational practices: exploring new ideas and developing their own methods of inquiry.


Get started

Our site provides access to research-backed CT curricula along with a set of tools to easily manage, review and provide feedback to students on CT assignments.

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You can use our platform to...

  • Create and manage student groups
    easily add students in bulk via email
  • Set CT assignments and due dates
    stay organized and save your favorite lessons
  • Track student progress and provide feedback
    view and export student responses