We know you want to engage students and make learning relevant to them, whether that learning happens in the classroom or out, face to face or online. NIU STEAM has what you need with educator PD, school programs, lesson plans, coaching and learning modules – all tailored to your needs so you can put them to use right away. No matter the grade level or subject, we’ll help you address state learning standard while increasing engagement and fun.
And we’re not just for classroom teachers! Librarians, afterschool professionals, park district educators, administrators and others are all welcome.
STEAM refers to science, technology, engineering, art and math. But STEAM learning is more than just addressing each subject individually. Instead, the STEAM approach is interdisciplinary and project based, so it fosters creativity, promotes problem solving and helps students relate classroom materials to their lives and the wider world.
Join us for fun, engaging professional development that will introduce you to cutting edge research and help you bring it into your school, library or classroom.
We’ll work with you to develop a series of workshops, coaching and co-teaching to amplify STEAM learning in your building. Our Tier 2 and 3 Educator Programming packages include our STEAMvaluation services. We’ll help you identify local goals and outcomes and evaluate progress towards those goals.
Workshops – Our half- or full-day hands-on workshops provide creative strategies for promoting student learning across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) content areas as well as English Language Arts (ELA). All our workshops include interactive lessons, idea sharing and NIU STEAM learning resources for engaging learners with STEAM and developing deeper connections between content areas.
Coaching/Co-Teaching – NIU STEAM provides one-on-one or small group coaching and co-teaching. During the co-teaching sessions, a STEAM Educator will work with an individual teacher or team of teachers to plan and co-deliver the materials with students and reflect on the process.
NIU STEAM brings hands-on learning activities to your K-12 school, in person or online. Contact us today to schedule your event.
High-energy, interactive demo shows that quickly engage your students in science, technology, engineering and math. Includes teacher resources. At your location or online.
Learn the science, live the book with online STEM Read field trips. We use interactive games to inspire reluctant and ravenous readers to learn more about the STEM concepts behind popular fiction books.
Our mobile science museum is ready to visit your school! Choose from nearly 100 Exploration Lab Stations to make your event something students and parents will remember! Whether for a classroom or a whole-school event, we bring our materials to create discovery stations that promote curiosity and interest in concepts like sound, light, forces, heat, electricity, waves and more.
Bring STEAM and literature alive with hands-on exploration stations based on selected fiction books. We give you what you need to host your own lit night or we can host for you.
Three topics are currently available.
Looking to enhance your STEAM lessons? Whether they’re embedded into your activities or stand alone, our STEAM Studio sessions meet grade 3-12 curriculum requirements while bringing excitement and hands-on learning to your classroom. Online sessions include synchronous and asynchronous content delivery, independent working time for student projects and facilitated group discussions. In-person sessions are also available at your location. Contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. We’ll customize our program and topics to meet your needs
We give you the resources to make this curriculum your own.
We’ll seamlessly teach courses from start to finish for an immersive STEAM learning experience.
In addition to our paid programming, NIU STEAM continues to offer these free programs