The STEM Challenge Field Guide - PD and Resources

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STEM Challenges are brain-busting work disguised as fun -- when you do them right! In this 6-hour professional development, you'll learn everything you need to know to confidently implement rigorous & standards-based STEM Challenges.

Plus, you'll get additional resources to use in your classroom!

You’ll get:

  • Printable Course Guide, with facilitator dos & don’ts and sample questions to facilitate discussions (See video preview above)
  • Universal STEM Challenge Templates for lesson planning, student reflection, and rubrics (all editable)
  • A certificate for 6 hours of professional development. You’ll need to check with your district to see if they will accept these hours. 


Inside the course, you'll learn:

  • What to do – and not to do -- at every step of the STEM Challenge cycle including:
    • How to plan rigorous, cross-curricular STEM Challenges for any age group
    • Exactly what to ask during and after the build phase to develop your students’ scientific reasoning and analysis
    • How to select appropriate assessments that enhance, rather than undermine, your goals and objectives.
    • How to extend your challenges within and beyond the 4 strands of STEM
    • How to avoid common mistakes that derail the benefits of STEM Challenges

  • You’ll get practical tips for:
    • Materials selection, organization, and distribution
    • How to break up a STEM Challenge over several shorter class periods
    • Different ways to approach multiple iterations

  • Troubleshooting for:
    • Epic fail
    • Look-alike designs
    • How to handle student disagreements over copying design & choosing ideas
    • Dealing with skeptical principals


PD Credits & Clock Hours

  • Washington State STEM Clock Hours
    • This course is eligible for 6 STEM Clock Hours in WA state. Course must be completed by Sept. 15, 2022.
  • Texas CPE Clock Hours
    • This course is eligible for 6 CPE Clock Hours in TX. (No deadline.)
  • An instant certificate for 6 PD hours is provided for all course participants outside of WA and TX.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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