In teaching practice, the rational introduction of scientific research achievements is conducive to improving teaching results. Principles of steel structure design is an important basic course for civil engineering majors in higher engineering colleges, and it is also a compulsory course for students majoring in civil engineering. According to the training objectives and teaching characteristics of higher education, combined with the author's practical teaching experience in principles of steel structure design, the teaching of steel structure stability is chosen as a specific teaching case. It shows that the academic nature and artistic function of teaching can be reflected by introducing scientific research achievements into teaching. In addition, combining with the course teaching of steel structure design principle, it further elaborates how to integrate scientific research into teaching and form teaching art with certain characteristics from the aspects of familiar with teaching content, choice of entry point and utilization of extracurricular activities. The article can play an important role in improving teaching effect and promoting college students' innovative ability.