Subject: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins
Topic: STEM Components & Careers
Grade Level: 4, 5
Objective: Critical thinking, Explanation
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.
- 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.
- 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.