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How to Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges- Part 5

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The last four weeks, we’ve been discussing how to create your own design challenges to use in your classroom.  So far, we’ve learned where to find great ideas for design challenges, the importance of aligning them to your standards and how to introduce and facilitate challenges.

In this last part of the series, I’m going to address:

  • What do I do once I finish the challenge?
  • How do I measure success?

Don’t forget to pick up the Guide Sheet for Part 5 of How To…Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges!

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How To Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges- Part 4

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In the past couple of weeks, we began the How To Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges series learning the reasons why design challenges are an effective way to engage students.  We’ve also talked about the importance of aligning design challenges to the standards, what successful solutions look like and how to facilitate the challenge.

This week, in Part 4, I’m going to address:

  • What expectations should I establish?
  • How do I introduce the design challenge to students?
  • What should students be doing during design challenge time?
  • What should the teacher be doing during design challenge time?

Don’t forget to pick up the Guide Sheet for Part 4 of How To…Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges!

See you next week for the last part of the series- Reflecting on the Challenge!

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How To Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges- Part 3

HowToDesignChallengesIn the past couple of weeks, we began the How To Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges series learning the reasons why design challenges are an effective way to engage students.  We’ve also talked about the importance of aligning design challenges to the standards and what successful solutions look like.

This week, in Part 3, I’m going to address:

  • How do I prepare my challenge?
  • What tools and materials are needed?
  • How will I assess my design challenge?

Don’t forget to pick up the Guide Sheet for Part 3 of How To…Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges!

See you next week for Part 4 of the series- Introducing and Facilitating the Challenge!

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How to Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges- Part 2

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Last week in Part 1, we began the How To Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges series learning the reasons why design challenges are an effective way to engage students, where good ideas come from and how develop criteria to evaluate potential ideas.

This week, in Part 2, I’m going to address:

  • How does my idea align with the standards I need to teach?
  • What will my students actually “do” in this challenge?
  • How will my challenge engage and motivate students?
  • What does a successful solution look like?

Don’t forget to pick up the Guide Sheet for Part 2 of How To…Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges!

See you next week for Part 3 of the series- Preparing the Challenge!

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How To Develop Student-Centered Design Challenges

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Time is flying by so much quicker than I’d like!  We are halfway through the summer already (yikes!) and that means beginning to think and plan for the upcoming school year.

In this How-To series, we’re going to look at “how-to” develop student-centered design challenges…and I’m going to try my hand at presenting this as a video series, so we’ll see how that goes!

In this series, I’ll outline the step-by-step process that I use and recommend for developing an engineering design challenge.  So, if you’re new to STEM or you’re just looking for more tools and resources to help you plan, join me!  In the meantime, enjoy your summer!

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Electric Airplane Challenge- Thank You

Thank you to this year’s participants in the Electric Airplane Challenge!  We hope to see you again next year.  If you missed this fun engineering design event, here are this year’s winners:

1st Place- The Three Stooges (Raisbeck Aviation HS)
2nd Place- Heavy Lifting (Raisbeck Aviation HS)
3rd Place- Alpha Tangos (Takotna Community School)

As we move forward to next year, we are thrilled to announce that this project will come to you under a new name- the Lindbergh Electric Aircraft Flight (LEAF) STEM Challenge.

Starfish Education and the Pacific Northwest AIAA are proud to partner with Erik Lindbergh and Powering Imagination to continue to provide this hands-on, standards-based engineering design project for middle school and high school students!

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10 Easy STEM Projects for Engaging Students- The Brown Bag Challenge II

This Brown bag series gave me a chance to dig through my files and share some more STEM Challenge oldies-but-goodies.

In each post, I’ve shared different engineering design projects that are appropriate for a wide age range.  All of these activities work to prove that you don’t need an endless budget to teach STEM and promote STEM principles and skills.

Here’s a recap of the project ideas shared in this series:

Get the Brown Bag STEM Challenge II Bundle Pack with all of the Design Briefs and Interactive Notebook Pages!

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The Brown Bag STEM Challenge II- Hot Air Balloons

In this challenge, students design and fly a hot air balloon that will stay aloft the longest.  This one sounds simple, but don’t let it fool you!  It is more difficult than it sounds, so be sure to provide a little more time as students learn which shapes and designs “fly” the best.

I like to have teams of three for this project, simply because it is more involved and requires students to follow specific directions for this first round. I’m also a big fan of assigning jobs, so I prefer to divide up the work either specific to this challenge or like this.

So, what did we learn?
Next Generation Science Standards: Planning and Carrying out Investigations, Designing Solutions; Obtaining, Evaluating and Communicating Information CCC- Patterns, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

CCSS Math: Measurement and Data, Geometry, Ratios and Proportional Relationships

 

Get the Brown Bag STEM Challenge II Bundle Pack with all 10 Design Challenges including the Hot Air Balloons Design Brief and Notebook Pages!

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The Brown Bag STEM Challenge II- Slingshot Gallery

Have you ever played the shooting gallery game at the carnival?  Here’s a STEM twist on that carnival game for students…a slingshot gallery.

For this Challenge, students are tasked with building a working slingshot that will knock down the designated targets from a specified distance. Students can work in pairs, but I like each student to design and build their own slingshot.  It shows more ownership and also results in each student having their own data to analyze later.

In addition to establishing a required distance to “fling” from, I like to also require other parameters based on age group or based on available supplies to increase the difficulty.  Adjusting these parameters allows me to differentiate the challenge, even within the same classroom.

So, what did we learn?
Next Generation Science Standards: Planning and Carrying out Investigations, Designing Solutions; CCC- Patterns, Systems and System Models

CCSS Math: Functions,Expressions and Equations

Get the Brown Bag STEM Challenge II Bundle Pack with all 10 Design Challenges including the Slingshot Gallery Design Brief and Notebook Pages!

Not sure about purchasing the entire bundle yet?  Give the Slingshot Gallery Design Challenge a try!

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