About this project
Web design is taught in almost every high school, but their old methods aren't preparing students for the "real world". We need to change that and can with your help!
On top of this problem, there will be an estimated 5 million unfilled STEM related jobs in the United States by the year 2020. With more engaging website design curriculum, we can begin to change that number.
Our goal is to improve the way web design is taught in high schools and introduce hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of students to Drupal. By creating an easy-to-teach curriculum and giving it away to high schools, we know we can do just that!
The semester-long curriculum will give students hands-on experience designing professional looking websites with Drupal. Drupal is a content management framework used to build high quality and professional websites. There are over 1 million websites using Drupal and it's been estimated that Drupal powers about 2% of all active websites.
Students will follow our lesson plans to develop the following website design and development skills:
- Knowledge of the fundamental components that make a website function
- Ability to design multiple websites of varying difficulty levels using a project based approach
- How to build a website from beginning to end by working on an individual website project
- Teamwork and collaboration skills by working in project teams to launch a more complex website
- How to launch and promote a fully functional website.
- Educational tools that will allow students to continue learning and building websites outside the classroom
Although the core focus of the course will be building websites with Drupal, the course will also discuss other alternatives that can be used. The ultimate goal being to educate students on the various options that are available and allowing them to continue pursuing their own website design and development education on their own.
Our website design curriculum will align with ISTE standards.
We want to have the resources to work with top website development and Drupal companies to ensure we build a truly one of a kind website development curriculum. We want to completely revolutionize how website design is taught in High Schools and need your help to make it happen.
We want to get this course in as many schools as possible and in order to do this, we want to give our curriculum away for FREE. This will also allow us to offer completely free teacher training on our new website development curriculum. This will ensure we can reach the largest number of students possible.
STEM Fuse currently creates and distributes K-12 STEM curriculum. We have courses in over 2,500 schools in the United States and in 6 different countries.
Our anticipated delivery date for the first website design course is January 2015.
Stretch Goal - $50,000
By raising $50,000, we can create a 2nd course to use as a follow-up to our initial Web Design course using Drupal. We will also give this course away to U.S. high schools through the 2015-16 school year.
Stretch Goal - $75,000
If we raise $75,000, we will create both courses and give away to high schools for 2 years, through the 2016-17 school year.
Stretch Goal - $100,000
If we raise $100,000, we will create both courses and give away to high schools for 4 years, through the 2018-19 school years.
We have a lot of creative and fun rewards that we are offering. You can view them over on the right side of the page. If you are a company and are interested in being part of this curriculum through a sponsorship check out the rewards on the right.
Risks and challenges
There is always a risk involved with big undertakings like building new K-12 curriculum. However, we have a lot of experience building courses (currently have 14 courses with more on the way). Despite the risks, we are ready and prepared for the challenge!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Most current web design curriculum is focused on teaching the fundamentals. Instead of the traditional "fundamentals approach", this curriculum will use a practical application, project based approach. The goal is to teach students the possibilities and allow them to create their own original, professional looking websites. After learning what is possible, students will then be able to go back and learn the fundamentals of web design. This will keep students more engaged and inspired throughout the course.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM is an acronym commonly used in the U.S. when talking about education policy and curriculum in schools. STEM jobs are careers that fall in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.
The course will be given away for free to schools through the 2015-2016 school year (unless we reach our stretch goals).
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