Design Challenge Learning is a combination of project-based learning, design thinking, and the engineering design process that develops the innovator’s mindset through iteration. It’s a method of learning for which The Tech of Innovation in San Jose, California, is best known. The lessons on The Tech’s website, developed over the years by educators at The Tech, will help teachers lead their students through science and engineering challenges. They also make engaging and effective team-building activities for groups of teachers. The site includes single-session lessons of less than an hour, such as “Balloon Astronaut” (grades 2–8) and “Circle of Pong” (grades 3–12); single-session lessons of one to two hours, such as “Fire Brigade” (grades 3–6) and “Pump It Up” (grades 4–6), as well as multisession lessons, such as “Bobsled Blitz” (grades 3–12) and “Farming in Ancient Mesopotamia” (grades 6–8).
Makerspace Playbookfrom Maker Media outlines two basic types of maker projects: exploratory workshops where students learn basic engineering and building skills through a sampling of brief activities, and applied projects that involve multiple disciplines and drive students to extend their basic skills.
Quill.com helps educators launch the new school year with fresh lesson plans and activities, as well as products, supplies, and technology to create engaging and positive learning environments. Teachers can put their students’ creativity into high gear with 3D models and other STEM activities. They can brush up on their professional growth efforts (and receive a CE certificate) with relevant webinars on topics such as “Teaching with Technology,” “Tech As a Learning Tool,” and “Creating Brain-Friendly Classrooms.” Quill’s Educator Resource Center grows by the day with sources to enrich STEM projects, grants to expand special programs, and links to access more than 85,000 classroom essentials