Teacher Support

From spreadsheets to high-performance simulations, computational thinking (CT) tools permeate the way that scientists, engineers, and mathematicians conduct research and make sense of the world. CT has allowed for breakthroughs in sequencing the human genome, predicting hurricane paths, modeling black holes, and optimizing food pantry routes. Support your students in acquiring these essential 21st century skills by using or developing a CT-STEM curricula. Our teacher-tested CT-STEM curricula are discipline-specific (math, physics, biology, & chemistry) and designed for use within conventional curricula to address the Next Generation Science Standards.

We offer structured brainstorming and coaching on developing or enhancing CT-STEM lesson plans. Email us to speak with a member of our team who can help you integrate CT tools into existing or new lessons in your classroom. You can also find support on how to use our site at our Help and FAQ page.

“It was really helpful to have people with a different background who could offer insight on what would work best and be most practical” - High school physics teacher

“If I didn't have a co-design partner, I would probably spend like a whole day on three lines of code and figuring out how that works. I felt I didn't have to struggle through that aspect of it and it was more thinking about: here's what I want my students to take away.” - High school mathematics teacher

“[My co-design partner] made something that seemed unobtainable and foreign to me -not- and he found a way that it worked for me, which might be different for everyone [else]” - High school biology teacher

If you are interested in designing a curriculum with fellow teachers or our team, join us at Northwestern’s Computational Thinking in STEM summer workshop. Upon completion of the summer workshop, 9th–12th grade science and math teachers will be able to:

To date, we’ve trained over 50 teachers from many Chicago-area schools in four summer CT-STEM workshops.

Co-designed CT-STEM Curriculum

For more information, contact ctstem@northwestern.edu.