STEAM: Engineering Design in the Physical Science Curriculum, Thibodeau, Spring 2020

Course Numbers:

EDU 5627 C02 (Graduate) &  EDU 4710 CFS2 (Undergraduate)


Timothy Thibodeau, Ph.D.


Online with two in-person meetings at Castleton University.

Dates and Times:

February 29 - April 24, 2019. This is hybrid course. There will be two in-person meetings at Castleton University, one on February 29 and the other to be determined by the group.


3 graduate or undergraduate credits



Note: Course payment of $975 by check or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the engineering design process at all levels of instruction.  Engineering activities ask students to be creative and think critically while designing and building a prototype to meet a need of society.  In this course, we will discover and plan ways of integrating the engineering design process in the science curriculum.  This course will focus on activities at the middle school level, but lessons can be adapted to be used in any K-12 classroom.

Audience: All educators 

Course Goals & Objectives

At the completion of this course, a student will be able to plan and teach engineering-based lesson plans at any level which are aligned with the NGSS standards.

Required Texts

Costs for required texts, if any, are not included in the course tuition.

Required Readings/Texts:

Christine M. Cunningham Engineering in Elementary STEM Education

Other Suggested Readings/Texts:

A Framework for K-12 Science Education available online for free on NAC Press website

NGSS Science Standards available online for free on NAC Press website

 All other readings will be posted to the course Canvas site.

For additional course information

Timothy Thibodeau
(802) 468-1385

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

Register online now!