WHAT ARE STEM SPRINTS?
STEM Sprints are creative problem solving hands-on challenges that utilize the design process. All students are welcome to take the challenge. Students may request STEM KITS to get the supplies for each challenge if needed at no cost! STEM Challenges will be added periodically throughout the year. Get started by choosing a STEM Sprint, requesting a STEM KIT, and don't forget to share your results!
SHARE YOUR WORK! SUBMIT STEM CHALLENGE RESULTS
What is STEM?
STEM education integrates concepts that are usually taught as separate subjects in different classes and emphasizes the application of knowledge to real-life situations. STEM class is typically based around finding a solution to a real-world problem and tends to emphasize project-based learning. A variation of STEM is STEAM, which includes an 'A' for art and design. Artistic design is becoming an important part of STEM education since creativity is an essential part of innovation. Many STEM experiences will involve building models and simulating situations. A successful STEM experience ensures that students recognize the connection to the real world.
What is the Engineering Design Process?
The engineering design process is a series of steps that engineers follow to come up with a solution to a problem. Many times the solution involves designing a product (like a machine or computer code) that meets certain criteria and/or accomplishes a certain task.
This process involves designing, building, and testing something.
The steps of the engineering design process are to: