I am often asked about the science behind the STEM challenges and while I could write a quick blurb to explain it, I feel like we may be losing an authentic opportunity to give students the chance to do some real research based on what they are actually learning! Talk about real-world learning, rigor and critical thinking! All three are wrapped up in this natural extension of doing a STEM Engineering Challenge.
I think we are moving away from the teacher being the one with all of the knowledge and all of the answers. Our students are more than capable of doing a lot of the WORK, so why not let them do it? When we finish a STEM Challenge, I ask the students to go to work on our Google Chromebooks to find the science behind the challenge and you know what...they kinda surprise me every time by doing such a great job!