This week students will finally begin engineering the solution to the Nepali Tomato Challenge that we introduced last week (if you haven’t heard about it, ask your kids!).
They will continue the design thinking process by ideating and beginning to prototype for the first few weeks of November. We will test their designs in the forest after Thanksgiving!
The hardest part for younger kids when beginning STEAM is getting used to having to persevere through the design process. For some kids, this is their first exposure to the idea that they will have to fail, tweak their design, get feedback, and keep trying before they succeed. That can be really difficult! So I am reading books about growth mindset and perseverance in the library this week for grades K-1.
I thought it was very appropriate that there was an awesome example of engineering where the books could be displayed today. I know that these great titles by authors like Andrea Beaty, Kobi Yamada, Todd Parr, and Ashley Spires will help kids understand that being great engineers takes hard work and perseverance! I know these lessons will help all year in STEAM.
And if you haven’t already, check out the OQS STEAM blog and see all the incredible thinking that is happening here at OQS!