This STEM Quick Challenge is designed as a Back to School activity to get participants immediately engaged in the engineering process. The interactive lesson includes 2 STEM Nametag Challenges, one for beginning engineers and the one for more advanced designers.
The challenges require participants will design nametags to satisfy specific criteria and use a ruler to ensure that their designs can be easily read from a specified distance. In the lesson, the engineering design process is explained and a blank template is provided for student use. Interactive questions are included to lead participants through a self-evaluation and provide an opportunity to add their designs to the ClassFlow lesson. Printable badges and a rubric are provided for each challenge.
**This 26 page lesson containing 2 STEM projects is designed to encourage particpants to engage in the 4C's of STEM: collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. Lesson can be used to reinforce standards involving measurement.
Nametags in Design Challenge 1 can be made from readily available resources. In Design Challenge 2, special materials such as conductive tape, watch batteries and LED lights are needed. This packet contains 2 STEM challenges complete with directions, a materials list, design criteria, an explanation of the engineering design process, a blank design process template for student use, 4 interactive questions to guide students through a self-evaluation, an opportunity to present designs digitally, student badges, and a rubric.