Elizabeth Gerber, a mechanical engineering professor at Northwestern University believes that STEM students must be taught to fail during STEM classes. This type approach will allow the students to succeed in the “real-world.” In many STEM classes students are given a problem to solve, using a set of instructions, and specific materials. This method does not allow the student to fail. During my science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teacher training workshops I conduct I have teachers conduct STEM investigations that are problem-based. Problem-based investigations focus much more on the process of investigating rather than the finished product. Teachers employ the Engineering Design Process via asking questions, creating, designing, building, testing, re-designing, and re-testing. This type of approach correlates to “real-world” life engineering scenarios versus the “cookbook” approach. To read Elizabeth Gerber’s article in U.S. News check out the following link.
Archive for November, 2012
Just found out about a new toy and book series being manufactured, GoldieBlox. GoldieBlox was invented by Debbie Stirling, a Stanford-educated engineer. GoldieBlox, is a toy and book series designed to get young girls interested in engineering. With science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education on the forefront of reforming education there are more toys, games, and books being manufactured with a STEM theme. I’m looking forward to testing out GoldieBlox during future STEM teacher training workshops I conduct. To pre-order your GoldieBlox go to http://www.goldiblox.com . To find out about Debbie, the evolution of GoldieBlox, and watch a cool video check out the following link.