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About STEM Education Solutions LLC.

STEM Education Solutions is owned and operated by Barbara Houtz, a 20-year veteran of K-20 science education.


Barbara’s career has included being a Girl Scout leader, a research assistant in a microbiology lab, a high school and middle school science teacher, a coach for Science Olympiad and the Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, a judge for both the ExploraVision Awards and the U.S. Army’s eCybermission, a federal advisor on STEM education, a program developer and manager, and a curriculum writer. She has been a member of several different curriculum development committees and advised STEM coordinators in multiple school districts in Pennsylvania.

Research & Collaboration

She has collaborated with STEM education experts in Japan, the U.S. government, in states across the U.S., and with local education agencies and schools in Pennsylvania. In addition to developing and presenting training, talks, and workshops, Barbara has extensive experience writing about research-based methods of effective science teaching strategies.

STEM Education Program Development and Training

  • 6 years as author and instructor for Scientists Teaching Science for the Office of Intramural Training and Experience at the National Institutes of Health.
  • 5 months as a Content Developer at Invent Now, Inc. for Camp Invention.
  • 4 years as Director of Outreach for STEM Education Programs in the Eberly College of Science at the Pennsylvania State University.
  • 2 years as an educational consultant at the Office of Science Education at the National Institutes of Health.
  • 1 year as an Einstein Fellow at the Office of Science Education at the National Institutes of Health.
  • 8 years as a cooperating teacher for pre-service secondary science teachers from the Pennsylvania State University and Lock Haven University.


  • TEACHINGpoint™ science curriculum for grade 3
  • Strategies for Teaching Science, Levels K – 5
  • Strategies for Teaching Science, Levels 6 – 12
  • Teaching Science Today: Professional Development for Successful Classrooms
  • Choosing a STEM Career for Grades 6 – 12
  • Scientists Teaching Science— online course on pedagogy
  • Exploring Bioethics: National Institutes of Health Science Curriculum Supplement (part of a team of writers/editors)
  • High school biology— online course for