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TeachEngineering Digital Library Collection

Free engineering lessons and activities for teaching K-12 science and math are just a click away. The TeachEngineering digital library is a searchable, educational standards-based repository of high-quality, classroom-tested curricula for use by teachers and engineering faculty to teach engineering in K-12 settings.

Available free online, the collection contains more than 1,500 lessons and hands-on activities on science, math, engineering and technology topics, with more being added all the time. Engineering lessons connect real-world applications with curricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms. Mapped to educational content standards, the comprehensive curricula are hands-on and relevant to children's daily lives. During the past 12 months, the website received more than three million unique visitors.

The curricula use engineering to integrate science and math via hands-on inquiry-based activities relevant to youth. In addition to activities, lessons and units, TeachEngineering provides "taste of engineering" sprinkles, which are abbreviated, easy-to-prep versions of the collection's most popular activities that take less than an hour to conduct and are suitable for informal learning settings??"and they are provided in Spanish, too. The collection has also added “maker challenges,” which are open-ended engineering challenges and problems for students with teacher prompts.

You don't need to be an engineer to use these curricular resources! View the collection at to:
• Use the search and browse interfaces to find specific curricular items to add to your classroom plan, including comprehensive multi-week, multi-lesson units on specific topics.
• Search or sort the collection by keywords, educational standards, grade level and subject area.
• Find curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science, Common Core Math, ITEEA and many state educational standards.

Lesson plans and activity components include learning objectives, correlated educational standards, teacher background information, vocabulary and definitions, engineering connections, embedded assessment activities, troubleshooting tips, estimated cost and time required, and attached worksheets and handouts. Most activities creatively use ordinary and inexpensive supplies found at grocery and/or hardware stores

With major funding from the National Science Foundation, the collection is a multi-university project representing the work of engineering and education researchers from 50 institutions nationwide, with more contributing all the time.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Engineering Center

Outside Colorado

  • American Society for Engineering Education 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition in Columbus, OH, in June 2017

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Duke University
  • National Science Foundation and National Science Digital Library
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Sponsoring Units

Engineering & Applied Science, College of

  • Integrated Teaching & Learning (ITL) Laboratory

Program Contact

Jacquelyn Sullivan
Project Lead

Program Categories


  • Education (K-12)
  • Engineering
  • Math
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Program Types:

  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Online Resources


  • General Public
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School

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