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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This activity sheet orients the beginner StarLogo TNG user to the interface and teaches basic skills, including a step-by-step tutorial on creating a small program. The activity includes most of the information in the quick start guide and goes beyond the guide. The activity is geared towards middle and high school students, and can be completed in two class periods of about 1.5 hours of class time. The lesson plan details the skills introduced, and provides additional instructions. There is also an optional skit to introduce driver / navigator roles, which is a strategy for paired programming.