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Purdue University’s Free STEM Degree for K-8 Students

by Miguel Guhlin
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Looking for a way to engage your children or students? Why not start them on the journey to becoming a lifelong coder? You could have them earn a STEM degree through Purdue University. Let’s take a moment to see what students can learn via this free program.

What Is the Purdue University Kids STEM Degree?

The Purdue University Kids STEM Degree consists of 10 videos, and the content is appropriate for grades K-8. Each comes with an assessment and a Google Form-based quiz at the end of each video. As students collect each code, they build towards a total of ten codes. Once they have ten codes, they can earn a degree from Purdue University Science. What’s even better is the program can be a solo project or group-based.

The program is part of Purdue’s College of Science’s K-12 Outreach efforts. They seek to engage students in standards-based activities. Their laudable goals include encouraging interest and enthusiasm for science and mathematics learning. They hope this will foster increased scientific literacy and efficacy in K-12 students.

What Content Is offered?

Students can choose between five grade level bands: grades K-1, grades 2-3, grade 4, grade 5, or middle school. After a student chooses their grade level, they start their degree program and earn their 10 codes. Here’s the one for Kinder through First Grade:

It’s about three minutes and thirty-two seconds long. Afterward, students can take a short quiz:

Sunlight Warms the Earth

After watching the video “Sunlight Warms the Earth”, answer the following questions. When you have answered the questions in this quiz correctly, you will receive a code. Be sure to save this code in a safe place. You will need this code to generate your Kids STEM Degree certificate after completing all of the quizzes in this level. Boiler Up!

Not to give away questions in the quiz, but they are straightforward, like this one:

After completing a quiz successfully, students get the code:

You have successfully completed the “Sunlight Warms the Earth” Grades K-1 Level 1 quiz.

Your CODE for this quiz is: [REMOVED]

Be sure to save this code in a safe place. You will need this code to generate your Kids STEM Degree certificate. That option will become available after you complete the quizzes in this level. Boiler Up!

The Middle School quiz is a little harder and references traditional books like “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” This makes sense since the video facilitators reference the story in the video. Here’s a question:

If you’re looking for an accompaniment to your science lessons, explore Purdue’s K12 videos. They are definitely worth a try!

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Shayan December 24, 2022 - 7:45 am

I like it

Saif December 25, 2022 - 6:36 am

Thank u

Refal December 26, 2022 - 9:50 am

I love it

Ginger Henley December 30, 2022 - 10:06 am

I hope to use the free Purdue University Kids STEM Degree for K-8 when my students return after break. HOw do I have them log in and be able to bring up their grade level lessons.? Thank you so very much!

Miguel Guhlin December 30, 2022 - 10:10 am

Hi, Ginger. No login required. Students view material, then take a quiz. If they pass the quiz, they get a code they collect. At the end, they submit their codes to get the degree.

It’s simple.

Given that simplicity, you could embed content in a learning management system (LMS) like Moodle, Schoology, Canvas, and then students would have to login to gain access to the content. You could track their progress in that way.

But the Purdue Univ STEM Degree for K-8 is really intended for students to complete it one at a time via a web browser.

Hope that helps,

Taiseen December 30, 2022 - 11:51 am

Wen we will receive certificate after finishing level

Steven Smith January 13, 2023 - 1:17 pm

You should get it within an hour after submitting the form with all of the codes. If you are not getting it, then the school is blocking outside emails. If that is the case, use an email that is not your school email.

Miguel Guhlin January 13, 2023 - 2:11 pm

Thank you, Steven, for responding!


Omar Botham December 30, 2022 - 12:59 pm

I like it

Oghenerukevwe Leko January 1, 2023 - 11:43 pm

Miguel. Thanks for having a heart of gold in this season of life. I will definitely introduce my kids and other children in Nigeria to your blog. It is amazing to see how you dare to bless this generation with resources that can change their fortunes and perspectives in life. Thank you once again. Happy new year. Shalom.

raplh ansrew January 2, 2023 - 11:39 am

how do we join the quiz

Yossof January 2, 2023 - 12:46 pm

Thank u

Yossof January 2, 2023 - 12:47 pm

Thank u #ms. Raziyah

Vivian Willis January 10, 2023 - 10:08 am

For some reason when I click a grade level nothing happens. Am I doing something wrong?

Miguel Guhlin January 10, 2023 - 10:16 am

Hi, Vivian. You may want to direct your inquiries to Purdue University for troubleshooting support. Email mrsmith@purdue.edu.

EmilyS. January 11, 2023 - 9:53 am

I’m getting this same error. Did you reach out to the troubleshooting support yet?

Miguel Guhlin January 11, 2023 - 9:54 am

For troubleshooting support, you might reach out to mrsmith@purdue.edu

Steven Smith January 13, 2023 - 1:14 pm Reply

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