HP Blogs

2 New (free!) Online Mini-Courses for STEM(+) Teachers!

Tweet this!




Want to introduce your students to the “essence of engineering design”? These two new mini-courses from the HP Catalyst Academy are now available just for you…


I’ve spent years exploring how to introduce students to “engineering”. It’s a tough sell, given the misconceptions and mythology that surrounds a complex field. It’s not always about being a Geek or a hallowed hall only for the best and brightest in math and science – and robotics is only one way to tickle the imagination of students.


At its core, great engineering design solves real human problems.


There are many ways new ways to get students excited about the “E” in STEM(+). Two new HP Catalyst Academy mini-courses are among them:


App Design: Help Your Students Change Their World


Apps for Good is a wonderful non-profit organization out of the UK that is working with middle school and high school (lower and upper secondary) students to introduce them to app design from a social entrepreneur lens. Interestingly, the primary focus is more on the “…for Good” element, from which follows the “App…” design. It’s not simply about coding.


Apps for Good is now expanding beyond the UK, and you can now learn how they introduce this methodology and curriculum by taking their self-paced mini-course!





Make/Hack/Play Together


This HP Catalyst Academy mini-course introduces teachers to the “maker movement”, in forms that are both “digital” and “analog”. It’s all about student-driven tinkering. If you’d like to immerse your students in creative problem solving and actually “building stuff” (a lost art for some students glued to their digital media), then this course from Peer2Peer University will get you started.






In just a few weeks, there will be more than 35 online, and free, mini-courses for STEM(+) teachers. Each offers a wonderful experience you can take advantage of in your spare time. Each course also offers digital badges and downloadable Certificates of Completion that you can use to get the professional recognition you deserve.


Enroll today at www.catalyst-academy.org !









Jim Vanides, B.S.M.E, M.Ed.
Global Education Program Manager
Sustainability & Social Innovation

Follow me on Twitter @jgvanides


   FB-f-Logo__blue_29.png    be a fan on Facebook www.facebook.com/hpcatalyst


twitter-bird-light-bgs-sm.pngFollow hashtag #hpcatalyst on Twitter




Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Do you mean 
About the Author
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
footer image