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STEM Essentials- The Engineering Design Process

By December 11th, 2023No Comments

On the road to planning an effective STEM unit, we have:

Now, it is time to plan the individual lessons that will make up our STEM unit.  In other words, we want to find a way for students to learn pieces of the selected curriculum standards that, when put together, will assist them in completing the challenge.

A great way to do this is to use the Engineering Design Process as you plan:

1.  Identify the Problem- The problem should be clearly identified in your challenge statement when you began drafting your plan.

2.  Identify Criteria and Constraints- This can take place when introducing the STEM project or it can be presented through lessons that allows students to use trial and error.  After students have had a chance to explore, bring the class back together and determine, together, the criteria and constraints that should be used for the remainder of the project.

3.  Brainstorm Possible Solutions- As students brainstorm their ideas, present a lesson or two that will teach some basics of your curriculum and help students come up with different ideas for their brainstorming web.

4.  Select and Idea/Strategy- Once teams have selected their strategies, present a lesson or two that will teach more advanced concepts of your curriculum to help students further design and improve their solutions.

5.  Build a Model or Prototype- When it is time for students to begin building their products, lessons can be introduced to help students design a test for their prototype if applicable, focusing on key components of your curriculum.

6.  Refine and Improve- After students have built their models, some additional lessons can be shared involving the more advanced elements.  Students can then decide to work them into their refined design if applicable.

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