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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-STEM Teacher Training by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowskiworld.” 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.

GoldieBlox: A Toy and Book Series Designed to Get Young Girls Interested in Engineering

on November 20, 2012 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on GoldieBlox: A Toy and Book Series Designed to Get Young Girls Interested in Engineering

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 girlsGoldieBlox a toy and book series designed to get young girls interested in engineering. 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.

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