STEM Students Should be Taught to FailBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on November 26, 2012 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
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.