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STEM Out of The Box: A STEM Approach to Non-STEM Subjects


Welcome to the MOOC STEM Out of The Box: A STEM Approach to Non-STEM Subjects

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Teachers, do you want to learn how to integrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in your lessons and help students develop deep scientific, mathematic, and problem-solving skills? Join this online course and learn how to introduce this way of thinking in early childhood, primary and secondary education. Help your students develop solutions to open-ended real-world problems which will engage them in the processes of scientific and higher-order thinking.

You will explore practical STEM classroom activities and ideas, rooted in real-world problems. The course will guide you through exemplary STEM lesson plans created and tested by other teachers, resources, and challenges to increase students’ knowledge and skills needed for the future.

You can follow the course at your own pace. We will open one module at the beginning of each week, but there are only a few deadlines you need to pay attention to (those for the quizzes and the peer assessment activity).

Join us already in the Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #STEMOutoftheBox.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the value of STEM in the classroom, regardless of the age of the students or the subject.
  • Gain a well-rounded understating of the STEM skills needed for future careers.
  • Explore how to teach STEM in Early childhood education, Primary and Secondary school in non-STEM lessons.
  • Learn about teaching STEM using real-life challenges and pedagogical principles of problem-based learning, higher-order thinking, and collaborative learning


This course is relevant to Early childhood educators and Primary teachers interested in STEM as well as Secondary teachers who teach non-STEM subjects (Humanities, Arts, Literature and Business studies). This MOOC will help teachers transform their lessons by integrating STEM activities in their everyday classrooms.


  • Module 1: Introduction to STEM for the Future opens on 12/09/2022
  • Module 2: Innovative Pedagogies for STEM Teaching opens on 19/09/2022
  • Module 3: STEM Skills and Higher Order Thinking opens on 26/09/2022
  • Module 4: Design Learning Scenarios to Engage Students opens on 03/10/2022


In order to earn a course certificate, course participants need to submit their own learning scenario and review three learning scenarios of other participants. The final deadline to complete all activities is Wednesday, 19 October 2022, 23:59 CEST.

The participation in the graded activities (such as drag and drop, polls, multiple-choice questions, etc.) will amount to 5% of the final grade and is not a requirement for receiving the course certificate. The learning scenario, together with the peer reviews, will count for 95% of the final grade.

The overall passing grade is 95%.

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Emilia-Romagna: Per i docenti della regione Emilia-Romagna iscritti alla piattaforma regionale è possibile ottenere, oltre all’attestato rilasciato da European Schoolnet Academy, anche l’attestato rilasciato dall’Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per l'Emilia-Romagna (Servizio Marconi) che attua un'azione di facilitazione ed accompagnamento a questa attività. Maggiori informazioni al link:

Note to teachers from Ireland: It may be possible to count the completion of this course as part fulfilment of any discretionary CPD hours, subject to your school management's approval. Therefore, please enquire with your school management if your participation in this course can be formally recognised. 

Course Staff

Miriam Molina - Course Coordinator

(Early Years Education / Project Coordination and Pedagogy) works as a Project and Pedagogical Officer in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Miriam is involved in Life Terra, EU4Ocean, NBS Phase 2 and Scientix projects coordinating teachers’ activities, designing MOOCs and organising professional development activities for teachers.

Jelena Milenkovic - Course Coordinator

(International Education & Policy / Coordination and Pedagogy) Jelena works as a Project Coordinator in the FCL/ESEP Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). She is the coordinator of the European Schoolnet Academy. Since joining European Schoolnet in 2018, Jelena worked as a web editor and MOOC creator for numerous projects, such as Scientix, TIWI, NBS, STE(A)M IT.

Peter Kane - Course Moderator

Peter Kane is a Primary School Teacher and Scientix Ambassador from Galway, Ireland. He has been involved in many STEM initiatives and programmes at a national level and his school and pupils have won many STEM awards. His own STEM interests range widely from Space to the Marine to Coding. His stand-out STEM achievement was receiving a Honeywell scholarship to attend the final Educator Space Camp in the USA in 2018.

Behind the course

This course is offered by Scientix.

Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, promotes and supports a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other STEM education professionals.

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Disclaimer and Copyright

This course has been developed by Scientix 4 (Grant agreement N. 101000063). Scientix has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme and is coordinated by European Schoolnet (EUN). The content of the document is the sole responsibility of the organizer, and it does not represent the opinion of the European Commission (EC), and the EC is not responsible for any use that might be made of information contained.


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    5 hours (25h in total)