STEM design challenges are prompts that encourage learners to build something new for a specific reason or purpose This worksheet outlines a design process creators can follow as they plan, build, and reflect on their new invention or creation. Use this STEM Design Challenge: Brainstorm and Reflection Sheet with second, third, fourth, and fifth graders to help them hone their creativity and critical thinking skills while providing hands-on experience with the planning and writing proce
After years of STEM activities, including towers, bridges, race cars, and rockets, one my favorites is the classic catapult challenge! I believe it incorporates all aspects of a quality STEM activity: easy math connection, engineering design process, student-driven learning, and hands-on fun! Read on to see my ideas to incorporate into your classroom or to download our TpT Catapult STEM Challenge!
Student-Driven Projects. One of my recent classroom adventures proved PBL can be amazingly engaging and effective without being overwhelming. Am I a PBL expert? Absolutely not. Do I strive to implement PBL (or elements thereof) in my classroom to the best of my ability whenever possible? Absolutely! Try it and see how it changes your classroom experiences.