So far in this series, we have talked about exciting the students, allowing them to explore, and getting kids to explain their ideas (and clear up misconceptions). The next step is a deeper hands-on learning experience. We are going to call that time to elaborate. If you want to catch up on the rest of this series go to Science Planning.
After you have engaged, explored, and explained the concept it is time to have a little fun. Now is the time to elaborate/expand/experiment. This is where you will be brainstorming STEM project ideas. STEM stands for science, techonology, engineering and math. As an example in the case of the bridge building challenge, it is time to get building.
STEM Project Ideas for Elaboration
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Open Ended Projects