Aug. 14, 2018
STEM Family Projects
Your child is bringing home instructions for an optional STEM Family Project. Our first challenge is on the back of this sheet “Enchanted Forrest”. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and this project is a terrific way to connect critical higher level thinking processes between school and home. Projects vary to promote inductive (inventive) thinking skills that will result in a wide variety of end product designs to deductive thinking skills that instruct students to create similar products using their choice of designs and materials. As students construct their creations, they go through planning, testing, and improvement of designs to the best of their ability. Have fun as a family with the challenges.
Guided Questions to help with STEM thinking:
- What can your project be used for? What purpose does it serve?
- How can you test your project to see how it works?
- What is your favorite thing about your project?
- How can you improve your project to make it better?
STEM Engineering Design Process: This is the process your child goes through when taking on a STEM challenge.
ASK it: What is your problem?
IMAGINE it: What ideas do you have?
PLAN it: What is your design, and materials you need?
CREATE it: Build your project.
TEST it: Does your project solve the problem?
IMPROVE it: What can you improve on?