Deeper Learning in Computer Science & STEM
Computer science and STEM are essential for almost every career in today’s world and are key to expanding opportunities for all students. Our mission is to help educators provide K-12 students with meaningful learning opportunities in computer science and STEM.
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Our Evidence-Based Approach
Defined provides teachers and students with computer science and STEM projects that are based on authentic situations in STEM careers. Each project asks students to conduct a performance task using their classroom knowledge and skills to solve a real-world problem.
Defined's engaging projects excite students about computer science and STEM careers and empower them to build the future-ready skills they need to succeed.
Career-Connected Computer Science and STEM Projects for K-12
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Computer Science Grade 3-5 Sample Project
This project places the student in the role of a senior designer for a toy company whose team is responsible for creating a customizable toy for children ages 6-12.
Computer Science Grade 6-8 Sample Project
This project places the student in the role of a cybersecurity specialist working for a large company and are in charge of employee education in online safety measures.
Computer Science Grade 9-12 Sample Project
This project places the student in the role of an artificial intelligence engineer working for a ride-sharing company who has to design a system that allows users to locate, access, and pay for available rides.
STEM Grade K-2 Sample Project
This project places students in the role of a food waste specialist who has to find ways to waste less food at your school.
STEM Grade 3-5 Sample Project
In this project, students take the role of an aeronautical engineer designing airplanes to meet certain design criteria and constraints.
STEM Grade 6-8 Sample Project
This project has students in the role of an architect who works for a firm known for its innovative and creative designs. They are tasked with reimagining the Burger Queen Fun Zone spaces across the country.
STEM Grade 9-12 Sample Project
This project places students in the role of a Traffic Accident Investigator who has been hired by the District Attorney's Office to set up an accident scene investigation unit with a neighboring town’s police department.
Empower Teachers with Research-Based Programs
School districts across the country are driving student engagement and achievement in computer science through hands-on PBL.
To learn more about how educators are making computer science learning meaningful through PBL, read the latest research...
Research has shown us that students should have a general idea of what they want to do for a career by the end of eighth grade. We need to immerse students in career exploration at an early age and allow them to explore careers more often. Defined Careers helps us do that without putting the bulk of the hard work on our teachers or counselors. We have found Defined Careers to be very user friendly and our teachers can use the program easily in their classroom. We hit the jackpot when we began using Defined Careers and I know our students will benefit from this program!- Sharon James, Executive Director of Secondary Education for the Broken Arrow Public Schools in Oklahoma
By using Defined Careers and taking a project-based approach to learning STEM content in the context of actual career scenarios, our students are more engaged in their learning. Defined Careers helps us provide our students with better learning experiences that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of the content.- Kasie Roden, Director of STEM Education,Grand Prairie Independent School District, Texas