Encouraging children to learn STEM can help give them useful knowledge in school and life. Leaning STEM can be fun for everyone
if done correct. Working with kids and doing STEM related activites can teach them about so many new things!
How to Support Learning
Let Children Lead
- We encourage adults to let the child lead the process. The
design should be based on the child’s ideas. Adults can be
helpful by holding materials as the child cuts or tape them
together. Ask Open-Ended Questions
- Adults can support children’s learning by asking open-ended
questions. Open-ended questions require more than a yes/no
answer and encourage children to communicate their thoughts
and intentions. Questions may include…
How did you…?
Why did you…?
What do you think would happen if
What do you wonder about?
What does this remind you of?
Is there another way you can use this…?
“Reverse Engineering” is also a helpful way to approach the
design process. Thinking of the end product in mind, children
determine how to use the materials they have to create the
Engineering is a process that tends to see more failures than
successes. Help children understand and acknowledge that it is
okay for their product to not work the first, second, or
hundredth time. The process is a loop where you design, test,
modify and test again over and over until you get your desired
result. When designs fail, ask…
What else could you try?
What do you think would happen if you changed this…?
What did you notice… (about the design)?
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