STEM: Be the Light!

Your chance to light up the world! 2020 - 2021

K-12 STEM Opportunity

Register to engage in a 30 minute virtual kickoff to prepare your students to LAUNCH their STEM projects this year! Registration includes one copy of Launch: Using Designing Thinking by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani for each district as well as access to a members-only website with virtual modules exploring each phase of the LAUNCH process for the 2020-21 school year. Each module will explore the design thinking process, how to integrate into your classroom (including remote learning tools), and how to engage students in designing a solution to an authentic problem in the school or community. This registration is a prerequisite for participation in the 2021 STEMfest to be held in the spring, which will include a separate registration and fee.


  • HAL Consortium: No cost for registration or book
  • Title IV: No cost for registration or book
  • All Others: $30 per educator (includes LAUNCH book)
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What is a team?

A team of students can be made up of students in any grades K-12. These teams can consist of an individual working alone, a small group, or even a whole class or after school program working together.

Design Thinking - The Launch Cycle

The LAUNCH Cycle provides a creative process that can be incorporated into every class at every grade level … even if you don’t consider yourself a “creative teacher.” And if you dare to innovate and view creativity as an essential skill, you will empower your students to change the world—starting right now! -- John Spencer

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 global goals that have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone. What can our students design to help?

T&L Department Contacts

Lead Contact: Dianah Steinbrink

Other Facilitators: Jason Everett, Sarah Essay