A FREE curriculum introducing students to IT skills and in-demand tech careers

IT Exploration (ITX) exposes middle and high school students to eight IT topical areas and a broad range of computing-based skills and competencies that today’s employers are seeking.

Developed by Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence, the FREE curriculum, teacher training and support covers IT fundamentals of software development, networking, hardware, security, analytics, game design, digital citizenship, tech careers, and more. The extensive content and assessments align with Precision Exams  – Information Technology Introduction (801).  See below, for details about the content that is organized by seven distinct standards.

Announcing IT Exploration 4.0


The Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence has partnered with STEM Fuse and existing ITX power-users to provide a new and improved version of IT Exploration on the Educate learning platform. And, there’s no cost for Minnesota secondary schools and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to use it. The platform allows easy access to online resources, activities and practice tools, and step-by-step guidance to make it even easier for teachers to incorporate the curriculum into their school environment.

IT Exploration New Features Training

New and existing ITX users are introduced to new platform features for school year 2020-2021.

August 12th, 2020

12:15pm to 3:30pm

Training participation is highly encouraged to allow teachers to have the most up to date curriculum information and access to all available features. 

IT Exploration New User Training

No Current Training Scheduled


Office Productivity

Students will learn or be reacquainted to basic computer skills; the internet, Windows OS, Mac OS, email, word processing, social media, spreadsheets, slideshows, and information literacy.

Digital Media

Students will explore digital file formats, video projects, web pages, programming careers, ethics, and more.

Trends and Impacts of Computing

Students will explore employability skills, salary and lifestyle budget, education and certifications, job career interests and suitability, and IT roles.

Networks and the Internet

Students will explore the network and internet, mapping network labs, Cloud computing, CyberProtect Simulation, and more.

Computing Systems and IT Services

Students will explore systems administration, computer and internet safety, computer system types, operating systems, firewalls, virtualization, troubleshooting, and education and career options in technical support.

Technology Careers

Students will experience a tech career research project and explore work-based learning resources.

Game Development and Design

Students are introduced to game design through interactive learning lessons and hands-on projects where they’ll explore what goes into a great game, video game history, and popular engines used to build games. Students build a simple game and end the unit by learning about game design and programming careers.

Data and Analysis

Students will  explore database, Crowdsourcing, basic SQL database commands, and data visualization.


Algorithms and Programming

Students will explore programming careers, coding skills, problem solving process and algorithms , web development and games.





IT Exploration… is for Everyone!

Minnesota State - IT Center of Excellence, in partnership with high school teachers and college faculty offer a FREE IT Exploration (ITX) curriculum that pulls back the curtain, allowing secondary teachers and students to discover the broad range of computer-based skills and competencies that today’s employers are seeking.

More Information

For more information contact Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships, Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence

russell.fraenkel@metrostate.edu | (651) 253.9438.