The Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) is a collaborative community that believes everyone deserves the benefit of a strong science education in order to engage with an ever-changing world.  

What is STEMucation Academy?

STEMucation Academy is a 16-week online, self-paced program uniquely suited for math and science teachers (grade 3-12). Participants are trained to use engineering as the “context” to teach any standard-based “content”.  During the program, participants develop a stronger understanding of the Challenge-Based Learning (CBL) and Engineering Design Process (EDP) teaching methodologies through various activities. Each participant must be able to teach the CBL-EDP curricular unit developed as part of the program within the semester the program is taken. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive 45 contact hours and have the option of purchasing credit hours from Ashland University.

Registration for the STEMucation Academy Online PD Program begins soon.

How Students Benefit From Challenged Based Learning Principals

Impact of CBL on Student Success

STEMucation Academy

STEMucation Academy is a program developed through the National Science Foundation- funded Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Math and Science Program (CEEM) at the University of Cincinnati. It is being offered through a cooperative partnership with the Science Education Council of Ohio (SECO) and was developed through more than seven years of designing, testing, and implementing.   

The benefits of teaching engineering design include: 

  • Improved student learning and achievement in science and mathematics
  • Increased interest in these subjects and the kinds of opportunities they provide
  • Learning By Design students outperform their peers in the ability to design experiments, plan for data gathering, and collaboration
  • Using design-based approaches for teaching is superior in terms of knowledge-gain achievements in math and science concepts, engagement, and retention when compared to a scripted inquiry approach

Program Benefits

  • Match you with an individual coach, who will interact virtually with you and provide support throughout the process
  • Includes online, self-paced participation which allows you to develop a unique engineering design challenge for your classroom as you work through the modules and schedule video conferences with your coach on your own timetable
  • Enables you to understand and apply the engineering design process and models examples of how it can be integrated into a science unit
  • Applies to any math or science classroom - you determine what standards the engineering design challenge will address, and you build a unique challenge based on those standards and your students’ needs and interests
  • Builds confidence as you implement the engineering design process in your classroom and reflect on the experience with your coach as part of the professional development
  • Engages your students as they see the connection between science content and the real world and work in teams to develop unique solutions to problems

Students Performance Improvements

Advice for Teachers

Right to Cancel

You have the right to cancel your participation within 14 days after receipt of your acceptance to the STEMucation Academy from SECO without giving any reason. Cancellation will not affect your ability to study with us in the future. To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform us, either by email ( or by writing to:

Ann Drake
STEMucation Academy Administrator
830 Union Blvd, Apt 103
Englewood, OH 45322

You may use the model cancellation form, but it is not obligatory.

Please visit STEMucation Academy's website to get a more complete picture of the program. You will find more information about STEMucation Academy, sample units, a wealth of resources, and contact information for the program directors. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook @STEMucationAcademy.

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