Every teacher knows that the month of March holds Pi Day on March 14 (Did you pick up the Pi Day bracelet activity?), but also St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. It’s a fun holiday, but why not make it a STEM Holiday?
Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day design challenge that will amuse your students and help them deepen their problem solving skills as they help their new leprechaun friend protect his pot of gold. Have fun!
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?
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?
See you next week for the last part of the series- Reflecting on the Challenge!