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Publish your K-12 engineering curriculum in TeachEngineering!

Do you have ideas for engaging engineering activities for youngsters? Do you want to share these ideas with other teachers, engineering educators or engineers working with K-12 students? To publish your K-12 engineering lessons, hands-on activities or multi-week units, submit them for inclusion in the TeachEngineering online digital library collection.

Steps to publish your curricular materials in the TeachEngineering collection:

Step 1: Create and Test - Create and test with students your original curriculum that teaches K-12 engineering (or science and/or math concepts with application or context to engineering). To save you time and work later, we suggest you use the TE templates (see below), as you draft your curriculum. For guidance, review the following resources:

  • Suggestions & Tips (pdf)
  • Engineering Content Review Rubric (pdf)
  • K-12 Content Review Rubric (pdf)
  • TE Engineering Categories Description (pdf)
  • Author Tips for Effective Engineering Messaging (pdf)

Note: Your original curriculum must be classroom-tested with your K-12 students, or K-12 students in a program you're partnering with, and will be checked for originality via TurnItIn.

Step 2: Use TE Templates - Prepare your curriculum in the TeachEngineering activity, lesson and/or unit Microsoft Word templates, which contain both required and optional components, giving you flexibility in fitting your material into a standardized format that results in materials from many originators having a similar "look and feel" to TeachEngineering users. Use the links below to obtain the blank templates and learn more about them.

  • Introductory Notes about the Templates (pdf)
  • Requirements & Tips for Using Images (pdf)
  • Lesson Template - with description of components (pdf)
  • Lesson Template - blank (for you to fill out) (doc)
  • Lesson Template - example filled-in (pdf) and rendered on TE
  • Activity Template - with description of components (pdf)
  • Activity Template - blank (for you to fill out) (doc)
  • Activity Template - example filled-in (pdf) and rendered on TE
  • Unit Template - with description of components (pdf)
  • Unit Template - blank (for you to fill in) (doc)
  • Unit Template - example filled-in (pdf) and rendered on TE
Step 3: Email TE - Request a username and password for the TE submission portal by emailing us at TeachEngineering@lists.colorado.edu.Tell us your name, the organization or educational institution you work with, and the names of the activities, lessons, and units you are ready to submit. (Do not attach your files.) If you already have a username and password for the TE submission portal, skip to the next step.

Step 4: Upload Your Files - Using your username and password for the TE submission portal, upload your curricular materials (your Word template files and associated image and attachment files) in a zip file, following the instructions at the submission portal. At this website, you can track its progress through the review and publication process.

Step 5: Initial Editor Review - Your submission is first reviewed by a TeachEngineering editor to make sure the required components are included.

Step 6: External Editor Review - Publishing in the TeachEngineering collection is enabled through a volunteer reviewer model, similar to many professional journals. Your submission is reviewed by a teacher and an engineer with K-12 engineering experience, using the TE review rubrics (available under Step 1).

Step 7: Copyedit - If your submission is accepted, work with TE editors to implement reviewers' suggested changes, and resolve any issues discovered during a final TE edit.

Step 8: Contributor Agreement - Once accepted by external reviewers, complete and sign a contributor agreement with the TeachEngineering Alliance, managed by the University of Colorado Boulder. Since the collection is composed of contributions from many sources, it must be able to operate as one entity for purposes of quality control, functional management and ensuring its desired use.

Step 9: Layout Editing - TE converts the final Word templates and associated files to web format for publication on TeachEngineering.

Step 10: Publication - You will be informed when your document is published online and provided the opportunity to request any final changes.

Once you submit your curriculum and it is sent out for external review (Step 6), the publication process typically takes about six months, though we are working to shorten this timeline to three months. To speed up this process, please volunteer to review curricula contributed by others!

If you have any question about the TeachEngineering submission, review and publication process, please email us.

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