MIT STEP offers a teacher licensing program that can be done entirely at MIT or in conjunction with courses at Wellesley College. This program licenses students to teach mathematics or science in grades 5-12. The Scheller Teacher Education Program, offered through the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, prepares MIT students to become teachers who are competent to teach in their field, willing to challenge established norms, able to bridge the boundaries among disciplines, and eager to help students develop the desire to question and explore. Click here for more info on STEP and here for more info on classes.
STEP is actively engaged in many research and development projects, designing and testing new learning technologies for use in formal and informal education. While some projects are in limited testing with partners, others are freely available for all to try and to use (some complete with curriculum and assessment). Find out more about these projects on the projects page.
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Fountain Programming Activity
The fountain programming activity is for suitable for beginnger programmers who want more challenge than following a step-by-step tutorial but aren't ready for open-ended programming exercises. In this activity, students build a model of a water fountain. There is a spout agent that hatches water agents that fly up and falls as water droplets. It is helpful but not required to have some basic understanding of the physics of motion - specifically how position, velocity and acceleration are related. By controlling the variable sliders, students can gain an intuition about the effect of gravity on the motion of a falling object. This project can also help students understand simultaneous independent motion because the motion of the droplets approximate simple projectile motion, which contains horizontal and vertical components.