STEM Challenges Including Engineering Tidbits
STEM and LEGO ® Challenges Written by An Engineering Major with Engineering Tidbits
Are you looking for some STEM Challenges including some LEGO ® Challenges? Do your kids enjoy playing with LEGO ® blocks? My kids do! LEGO ® blocks are a good way for kids to have fun while also using problem solving skills. And there are SO many different LEGO ® sets available! My son enjoys building cars while my daughter likes LEGO ® sets that have moving parts like wheels and she enjoys building houses.
I commissioned a senior aerospace engineering major to come up with some LEGO ® challenges. I also asked her to include engineering tips. I hope the engineering tidbits she included help you to STEM with purpose. You can use STEM Challenges to help to get the creative wheels in your kids’ heads going. I want my kids to have fun while STEMing, but I also want them to LEARN!
The senior engineering major did a great job. With the challenges, you’ll find main concept the challenge is focusing on and also she listed some extra materials you may need.
LEGO ® Flashlight Challenge
Monique White, the engineering major who wrote these tips also gave some great advice on characteristics she sees in students who graduate as engineers. She had the following to say:
“I would teach children certain traits that would make it possible for them to graduate engineering. Which can be at school, home, or other life experiences.
I noticed the students who stick with the engineering program and become engineers have the following traits/work ethic.
1) They do not believe failure is fatal (there are a lot of failures in engineering)
2) They experiment with different projects (i.e. engineering-related clubs or on their own) outside of the classroom
3) They look at the big picture (for a problem)
4) They are very detailed oriented.”
Stabilize A Leaning Tower Challenge
In this second challenge, the students are taught that even when they make mistakes, they can keep working on a project to try to correct the mistake. A successful engineer doesn’t give up just because he isn’t successful the first time. Engineers need to be creative, innovative, and have a lot of perseverance.
Design a Bird Feeder Challenge
Titanic LEGO ® Challenge
So have fun with working on these STEM Challenges with your kids! Remember to STEM with Purpose, and take lots of pictures of the things your kids create! You could even create a STEM memory book!
For 5 engineering tips on things you can expose your budding engineer to (tips from an MIT engineering graduate), check out my blog post about STEMing with Purpose.