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STEMulating Design Challenges in Science
STEMulating Design Challenges in Science

STEMulating Design Challenges in Science is a guide to implementing design challenges in the science classroom. This resource:

  • provides background knowledge on concepts
  • offers the opportunity to practice skills related to collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking
  • supports the development of time management, adaptability, and innovative thinking
  • connects to careers and real-world content applications
  • outlines the basic components of a STEM classroom
  • presents guidance on how to use an engineering notebook 
  • scaffolds the engineering design process using facilitation questions and sentence stems

All of these foundational pieces support student growth and achievement to successfully complete design challenges.

Design challenges encourage students to think about real-world issues and how students would solve them using available tools and materials. Some challenges even include a budget component. Each challenge is aligned to the TEKS, which are listed in the teacher guide portion of the challenge. The appendix sections provide more information and tips about implementing critical skills, setting up engineering notebooks, and establishing student expectations and roles. The appendices also include reproducible masters and sample rubrics.

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Grades K–2
Grades 3–5
Grades 9–12


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