Digital Art & Media

Put the “A” in STEAM with our Digital Art & Media Mastery Pathway. Students will explore the intersection of technology, design, and creativity through a range of courses that help students discover how they can leverage technology to express themselves and shape the world around them. 

COURSES IN THIS PATHWAY

In the Digital Art & Media Mastery Pathway students explore a variety of arts-based courses and create a range of projects that address the following learning goals:

 

  • Understand the elements and principles of art and design
  • Be able to create a range of creative projects that incorporate fundamental art and design concepts
  • Refine and iterate projects over time with feedback
  • Understand the real world applications of digital art and media, related careers, and opportunities for personal growth through digital art and media
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3D Design with Tinkercad

Explore the world of 3D Design as you discover the fundamentals of this exciting technology. From just getting started to advanced design techniques, students will explore a variety of projects in 3 dimensions designed to test their skills and showcase their creativity!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection.

Tools & Additional Downloads: You will need to create an account with Tinkercad.

Skill Level: 2/5

Storytelling with Minecraft

We know you already love Minecraft™, so let’s take our learning to the next level! Students will explore the different roles required to develop an interactive story in the world of Minecraft™ so we can learn more about key STEM areas like design thinking, coding, and more!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection.

Tools & Additional Downloads:

  • You will need to download Minecraft: Education Edition.
  • You will need to obtain a Minecraft: Education Edition account through your school.
  • If your school does not have access to Minecraft: Educaton Edition, you may choose to use Minecraft Java Edition (purchase required). 

Skill Level: 2/5

Computer Music

Explore the intersection of art and STEM to take your creativity to the next level! Students will explore the world of electronic music as they create their own original compositions. Discover how computers are shaping the world of art and music! No previous experience with music or music theory is required.

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection.

Tools & Additional Downloads: You will need to purchase an account with Soundtrap.

Skill Level: 2/5

2D Design

Computer design technologies are impacting so many industries and are revolutionizing the way we create. In this course, students will explore a range of 2D design technologies, including graphic design, designing for CNC mills, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, and more!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection.

Tools & Additional Downloads:

Skill Level: 2/5

Animation

Love cartoons, Disney, and Pixar? Students will learn to create their own 2D animated shorts as they explore the principles of animation and storytelling. Throughout the course, students will get hands-on with a range of film and animation projects to put their new skills to the test!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection.

Tools & Additional Downloads: No downloads/account creation required

Skill Level: 3/5

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Coding with Scratch

Developed by MIT, Scratch is an amazing coding platform that allows students to create digital animations and games. In this course, students will learn to code as they create animated characters that really look like they’re moving, scenes and dialogue, and even fully playable games as they explore the creative side of code!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to create an account with Scratch. 

Skill Level: 2/5

Coding with Python

Learn the fundamentals of coding in one of the most popular programming languages around the world. With Python, students will explore new skills and exciting challenges to advance their understanding of computers and programming.

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to create an account with Trinket. 

Skill Level: 3/5

Coding with Processing

Learn the fundamentals of coding in one of hottest programming languages; Processing! This unique language combines coding with digital arts and is designed for non-programmers to learn the fundamentals of computer programming. Get ready to explore the creative side of code!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to download Processing.

Skill Level: 3/5

Coding with Arduino

Get hands-on experience with coding like never before with Arduino! Explore the applications of coding as you create exciting circuitry-based projects as you discover the relationship between the digital and physical worlds.

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to create an account with Tinkercad OR use the Arduino Web Editor. Purchase of an Arduino Uno kit is optional. 

Skill Level: 3/5

Coding with Micro:Bit

Want to get hands on in the world of coding? In Coding with Micro:Bit students will learn to use the built in LED screen, buttons, and sensors to create a variety of games and projects as they learn the fundamentals of this exciting technology!

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: No downloads/account creation required. We will use MakeCode for Micro:Bit. 

Skill Level: 2/5

App Development

Everyone has an idea for a great app, so why not learn how to turn that idea into a reality? Learn how to design your very own app prototype that you can download and use right on your phone! Learn about coding and programming, quality design, user experience and user interface, and more as you go through the process of creating an app from the ground up.

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to create an account with Thunkable. 

Skill Level: 2/5

Web Development

Have a website you love? It’s powered by HTML! In this course, students will explore this important programming language as they learn to create their own websites from scratch using HTML and CSS.

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to create an account with Trinket.

Skill Level: 3/5

Coding with Java *Coming Soon*

Learn the fundamentals of coding with Java. This programming language is used by developers around the world to create apps, websites, and more. With Java, students will explore new skills and hands-on challenges to advance their understanding of computers and programming.

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to download Eclipse. 

Skill Level: 4/5

Coding with C++ *Coming Soon*

Learn the fundamentals of coding in an advanced programming languages used in the workforce; C++.  This unique language provides robust coding experience. This program is designed for students interested in coding who have some prior understanding of the fundamentals of computer programming,

Technology Requirements: A computer with an internet connection. 

Tools & Accounts: You will need to download Eclipse. 

Skill Level: 4/5

Standards Alignment

STEAM Hub is fully aligned to core national and international curriculum including CSTA Standards, ISTE Standards, NGSS Standards, Common Core Standards, and more. 

FAQ

With more than 30 courses across 7 mastery pathways, you may be wondering where to start!

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about our individual courses to help you dive into your fearless learning journey.

Are there any prerequisites?

There are no firm prerequisites for any individual course, although some are certainly more advanced than others. See our suggestions for each course for more information on skill level appropriateness. 

Do I need to start with a certain course?

You decide where you’d like to start! Based on your interests, experience, and goals you choose which courses you’d like to explore and in what order. You are able to determine your own learning pathway to create your own custom experience. 

How long will a course take me?

Each of our courses include 20+ hours of learning content (including optional extensions as part of our Global Goals Challenges), but every learner is unique! If you move faster or slower through a course, that’s okay. Take your time and explore at your own pace. 

I'm new to all of this. What's a good course to start with?

If you’re really want a course recommendation, some of our most popular courses include Video Game Design with MakeCode Arcade, 3D Design, Storytelling with Minecraft, Coding with Scratch, and Coding with Python. 

Do I need to complete all of the courses in a mastery pathway?

Nope! You decide which courses you’d like to explore. Our mastery pathways are here to help guide you if you find some courses that really speak to you. If you complete 3+ courses in a mastery pathway, you will earn the trophy for that pathway. However, you still earn medals for each individual course you complete.

What if I need help?

We’re here for you! Send us an email at support@stemminds.com and one of our experts will get back to you ASAP. 


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The lessons and instructions are so clear and easy to follow. The assignments are challenging but connect well to the lesson so it’s not too hard. The personalized feedback on their assignments has been wonderful!”

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Level 1: Foundational Courses

  • Foundational courses including computer skills, language and math
  • Free trial courses for Level 2 included
  • No prior knowledge required

Level 2: Introductory Courses

  • For students ages 8+
  • 20+ of our most popular courses
  • No prior knowledge required
  • Some adult support for downloads required

Level 3: Advanced Courses

  • For students ages 12+
  • 15+ advanced courses in AI, Cybersecurity, and more
  • Level 2 courses recommended as a pre-requisite

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