Online Pro-D Course: Engineering For your Classroom

Online Pro-D Course: Engineering for Your Classroom

General Information

This free, self-guided, online pro-d course is designed for grades 4-9 BC educators (teachers, teacher candidates, and administrators) who are interested in developing their capabilities and confidence in teaching engineering activities in their classrooms. Activities in this course relate to BC’s Science and Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST) curriculum. After completing this course, teachers will have ideas inspiration, and resources to incorporate engineering & design-thinking activities into their classroom.

Course Details

  • 8 modules to be completed, at your own pace, in 6-12 hours. Module overview can be seen below.
  • Hands-on design activities relate to several engineering disciplines: civil, mechanical, biomedical, materials, computer, and sustainability.
  • Course content includes ready-to-go activities, inspiration for your own activities, resources for further learning, and a foundation in how to incorporate engineering in your classroom.
  • Hands-on activities you can complete at home and try with your classrooms. All activities use only common household items. A full list of materials that we will use throughout the course can be found here.
  • This course is hosted on a UBC course platform. It is free and easy to use!

Course Overview

Module 1: Introduction

Overview of course learning goals, how to navigate the course, and a short introduction.

Module 2: The Engineering Design Process

Dive into the Engineering Design Process, see how it applies in our everyday lives, and learn how you can incorporate its’ components into your lessons and activities in the classroom.

Module 3: Mechanical & Civil Engineering

An overview of Mechanical & Civil engineering. Examine activity ideas to gain inspiration for ways to incorporate the real-life applications of these subjects in the classroom!

Module 4: Biomedical & Materials Engineering

An overview of Biomedical & Materials engineering. Examine activity ideas to gain inspiration for ways to incorporate the real-life applications of these subjects in the classroom!

Module 5: Computer Engineering

Explore the field of computer engineering in the classroom through scratch, and other online learning platforms. Gain confidence with online learning platforms to begin incorporating online tools into new and pre-exsisting lesson plans.

Module 6: Design Your Own Activity!

Apply the new knowledge you’ve gained on various engineering subjects to create your own lesson plan that you could incorporate in your classroom.

Module 7: Create Your Own Design Challenge!

Design challenges are easy and exciting hands-on activities to bring to your classroom. Learn how to create your own to incorporate design-thinking into your lesson plans.

Module 8: Assessment & Constraints

Assessment is always a necessary part of delivery. Participate in discussions on how to assess engineering topics, and constraints you may face when delivering lessons in your classroom!

Frequently Asked Questions

The course can be completed at your own pace, however, we have designed it to take approximately 8-12 hours.

This course is a browser-based course which can be completed on any laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection. You will be asked to upload photos of your designs throughout the course, so access to a camera/webcam is useful but not required.

Yes! You will receive a certificate upon completion along with access to the many resources provided throughout the course.

Of course! Anyone can sign up for this course. The course will reference BC's curriculum throughout, however, you could modify the activities to fit your local curriculum.

Throughout the course you will be asked to complete some design challenges using simple materials you likely already have at home such as cardboard, popsicle sticks, and elastics. Alternate material suggestions will always be provided.

Enrolment will be open starting July 17th! After that, you can complete the course at your own pace.

If your question isn't answered on our website, feel free to contact us at teachers@geeringup.ca for any questions that you may have.