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


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

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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, and 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 X (formerly 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 26/02/2024
  • Module 2: Innovative Pedagogies for STEM Teaching opens on 04/03/2024
  • Module 3: STEM Skills and Higher Order Thinking opens on 11/03/2024
  • Module 4: Design Learning Scenarios to Engage Students opens on 18/03/2024


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, 03 April 2024, 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%.

If you have completed this MOOC and you want to become a Scientix Ambassador, please read more details about the Call and the application procedure here:

Note to teachers from Castilla y León: Si eres profesor de Castilla y León, y además del certificado de la European Schoolnet Academy, quieres recibir un certificado oficial de parte de la Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Castilla y León inscríbete en la página web del CFP Idiomas de Castilla y León

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 Management and Pedagogy) works as a Project and Pedagogical Operational Manager in the Science Education Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). Miriam is in charge of the day-to-day management of the OUTSTE(A)M project. She also supports Scientix, NBS EduWORLD and NBS Academy projects in coordinating and developing teachers’ training activities. 

Jelena Milenkovic - Course Coordinator

(International Education & Policy / Management and Pedagogy) Jelena works as an Operational Manager in the FCL/ESEP Department of European Schoolnet (EUN). She serves as the Operational Manager for the European Schoolnet Academy and FCL CPD courses for teachers. Since joining European Schoolnet in 2018, Jelena has been coordinating the Academy's activities and developing MOOCs for various projects, including Google, Scientix, TIWI, NBS, and STE(A)M IT. Additionally, she consistently facilitates teacher training courses at the Future Classroom Lab.

Nicoleta Livia Barbu - Course Moderator

I am a devoted early childhood teacher with a diverse educational background, holding degrees in English and German languages as well as Dental Technique and Didactics with a Biology focus. With over 20 years of professional experience, I've taught in various capacities, including early childhood, primary school, and English language instruction. Actively engaged in continuous learning, I've completed courses through programs like Comenius, Erasmus+, and Scientix, earning national awards for my contributions. Proudly representing Romania as an eTwinning and Scientix Ambassador, I actively participate in international projects. As an Operational Expert in a major Romanian Ministry of Education initiative, I am dedicated to advancing educational initiatives. In the classroom, I leverage my diverse skill set to create engaging experiences for young learners, while my personal passions include driving, traveling, enjoying music, and spending time with my two children.

Behind the course

This course is offered by Scientix.

Scientix, is the number one community for science education in Europe. It aims to promote and support a Europe-wide collaboration among STEM teachers, education researchers, policymakers and other educational stakeholders to inspire students to pursue careers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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    5 hours (25h in total)