Subject: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: STEM Components & Careers

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

STEM learning goals

Brief Description: Students will brainstorm and create a STEM superhero based on one of the components of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). Students will craft a scenario/storyline for their superhero based on their traits and STEM area of expertise.

Know Before You Start: Experience with STEM challenges and lessons is beneficial, but not necessary.

Hook: What do the letters of STEM stand for? Have students use Post-It notes to see if they can jot them all down. When they’re finished, have them turn to a partner and compare their notes.

Activity:

  • Discuss the subject areas that STEM is comprised of (science, technology, engineering, math).

    • How is science important in our everyday lives?

    • How does technology make our lives easier?

    • What do engineers do?

    • How do you use math in your everyday life?

    • How can math be used when you are doing something creative?

  • Brainstorm a list of everyday or creative problems that could occur involving each of the four STEM disciplines.

    • Help students make a connection to how a superhero might be helpful in these problem situations.

    • Share the sample comic. Talk about which STEM subject area the hero is focused on and how he/she solved the problem.

  • Students will create and name a STEM superhero in a five-to-ten-panel comic. Students will include their superheroes':

    • Name (something creative, interesting, and related to their STEM subject).

    • Character traits based on their STEM subject area.

    • The problem the superhero is facing.

    • How the problem was solved.

Closure: Students will share their superhero story with a partner.

Differentiation:

  • Provide sentence stems when answering questions e.g., "Science is important because ___."

  • Allow students to use a combination of drawing and writing to explain the problems that can occur in science, technology, engineering, and math.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Have a few STEM Superhero examples ready for students to choose from. 

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature as needed.

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