Overview of Academics

STEP creates playful, powerful learning experiences for students of all levels. The program is situated within MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and works in conjunction with the Media Lab, Comparative Media Studies and myriad science and engineering programs.

STEP is built both on MIT’s philosophy of “minds and hands” as well as MIT pioneers like Seymour Papert. STEP works with educators to create content-rich, active, dynamic learning experiences that allow students to explore and understand the world around them. We use relevant technologies (e.g. mobile devices and games) to support and inspire learning, while also making sure to address teachers’ needs.

STEP programs offered to impact teaching and learning:

Teacher Licensure & Education Concentration

Teacher Licensure – a pre-service education program for MIT students seeking teacher certification in secondary math or science.  MIT undergraduate students can also take a subset of these education courses to satisfy their HASS or CIH requirements. Learn more…

Courses - Online & On Campus

Online Courses – a series of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and MIT Open Courseware courses to help distance learners understand, design, develop, and implement a variety of educational technologies. Learn more…

Professional Development - Online & In Person Workshops

Professional Development – in-person and online workshops for educators of all levels and subject-areas who are interested in integrating games, simulations, programming, and complex systems thinking into their teaching practice. Learn more…