Middle Grades STEM Courses
Spark discovery with project-based STEM courses for middle grades students.


Skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are essential to many of today’s jobs, but too many students lack opportunities to explore these jobs and understand the academic skills, credentials and degrees needed to secure them.

Early learning experiences are the key to introducing students to rewarding STEM degrees and careers. In a 2011 survey of students and parents commissioned by Microsoft, nearly four in five STEM college students said they decided to study STEM in high school or earlier; one in five decided in the middle grades or earlier.

SREB is designing Middle Grades STEM courses, available in the fall of
2018, that introduce students to the principles of scientific inquiry and the
engineering design process.

Each course consists of hands-on projects that require students to draw
upon a full range of academic, technical, technological, cognitive and personal skills to complete. All projects require students to work in teams to conduct research, develop and test prototypes, analyze data and make presentations.

SREB recommends adopting the courses as part of the Making Middle Grades Work school improvement framework.

Whether taught as yearlong courses or as stand-alone projects, each project
deepens students’ understanding of STEM concepts and practices.

Project topics include:

  • Manufacturing – 3D Imaging
  • Materials Science
  • Computer Science
  • Logistics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Food Science
  • Health Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy and Power
  • Informatics

To learn more, email mmgw@sreb.org