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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Blind Mice Activity
Blind Mice is a participatory simulation activity to introduce complex systems ideas such as agents, global vs. local communication, and decentralized systems. Participants are instructed to self-organize into like-number groups. There are several rounds in the activity and rules are added to each round to increase the difficulty of the task and to force participants to engage in increasingly local interactions.