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

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: STEM Components & Careers

Grade Level: 4, 5

Objective: Critical thinking, Explanation

Standards:

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.

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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.

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 4 STEM disciplines.
    • Make a connection for students 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 5-10 panel comic. Students will include their superhero’s:
    • Name (something creative, interesting, and related to their STEM subject)
    • Character traits based on their STEM subject area
    • Problem the superhero is facing or gets involved in
    • How the problem was solved

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

Differentiation:

  • Provide sentence stems when answering questions (ex: 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 speech-to-text feature.

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