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FREE ITEEA STEL Lesson Plan Examples - and a Contest Winner!

October 20, 2020

STEL-Correlated Lesson Planning Template and Samples

With the advent of the newly updated technological and engineering literacy standards, ITEEA has created a series of EbD Lesson Plan examples that align with STEL as well as NGSS and CCSS standards. They are available to view and download and cover a range of grade levels PreK-12.

These online tools and more will be provided on the ITEEA website to help make lesson plan writing more efficient and better aligned with STEL.


ITEEA welcomes submissions of Lesson Plans as well. The STEL Lesson Plan submission form allows you to select context area, grade band, STEL benchmarks, and more through a series of dropdown menus.

By submitting a complete Lesson Plan, you become eligible for a drawing to win a print copy of Standards for Technological and Engineering Literacy, as well as a 2020-21 subscription to the ITEEA Micro-badging Series of your choice!




ITEEA is pleased to announce the winner of its 2020 Lesson Plan Competition.

Kristen Sweet is a senior at Millersville University majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education as well as minoring in Integrative STEM Education Methods. She works as a lab assistant in Millersville’s Integrated STEM Lab and Resource Center, helping teacher candidates engage in design, problem-solving and teaching method activities through hands-on experience. Kristen is also Treasurer for MU’s Student Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communication and Technology (PAECT) organization, which provides pre-service teachers an expanded professional learning network to promote new understandings and perspectives on innovative edtech.

As part of a Children's Engineering class, Kristen was assigned an Engineering Design Challenge focused on the topic of sustainability, as determined by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Once she chose her topic, she wrote a short design brief that was required to actively engage students in solving an open-ended engineering problem within certain constraints. Kristen chose the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer to engage the students and introduce the topic of windmills and how they can produce electricity and wind power. 

Here are her lesson goals and learning objectives:

Lesson Goals: The goal of this lesson is for students to learn about windmills and how they can produce electricity and wind power. With this lesson, students will be using the engineering design process to create, test, and evaluate their own windmills.

Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to use the engineering design process to create their prototype of a windmill while sticking to the stated constraints and criteria.
  2. Students will be able to test their prototype and evaluate their results.
  3. Students will be able to compare their prototype with Williams windmill as a part of a group discussion.

Kristen's design challenge was also chosen to be included in the 2020 STEM Bowl at her local school district where she read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and oversaw her design challenge to the participating students. 

Submissions were judged by a panel of educators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

The winning entry author was awarded a free one-year ITEEA membership and a $50 Amazon gift card.