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ERIC Number: EJ1114511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Engineering Encounters: Designing Healthy Ice Pops. A STEM Enrichment Project for Second Graders Incorporates Nutrition and Design Principles
Bubnick, Laura; Enneking, Katie; Egbers, Julie
Science and Children, v54 n1 p70-75 Sep 2016
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education piques students' innate curiosity and opens their eyes to hundreds of career possibilities. This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue shares information about a STEM enrichment project for second graders that incorporates nutrition and design principles. The authors pooled ideas and created the STEM lesson "Designing Healthy Ice Pops." The lesson, designed to take approximately four weeks, would allow students to experience the process of research, design, evaluation, modification, and presentation, skills that are tied to the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). In addition, the authors used the "Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning" (Larmer and Mergendoller 2010) to guide the design process. The "Essentials" stress that a project must inspire students with "a need to know;" have a good driving question; allow learners to have more voice and choice; provide opportunities for 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and use of technology; provide opportunities for feedback and revision; and make schoolwork more meaningful by presenting it to a real audience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Grade 2; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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