Subject: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
Lesson Length: 35 - 45 mins
Topic: STEM Challenges
Grade Level: 4, 5
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will describe an invention that would solve a global or environmental problem, e.g., flooding, waste disposal, pollution, extreme heat, etc.
Know Before You Start:
- Review the STEM challenge process with students:
- Identify the problem.
- Brainstorm solutions.
- Formulate a plan.
- Construct a solution.
- Test the solution.
- Read and discuss the sample comic.
- What global or environmental problem was the character facing?
- What did they invent to solve this problem?
As a class or independently, have students brainstorm a list of global or environmental problems.
Discuss the function of a prototype. A prototype is a sample solution and can be as simple as a description or drawing.
Have students create a five-panel comic describing a prototype solution to a global problem which includes the following:
A plan or prototype and an explanation about how it would solve the problem.
Explain that they will not be able to test their solution, as they would on a home or school problem.
- Have students share their proposed inventions with a partner.
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
- Provide a list of global or environmental problems from which to choose.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.
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