Engage Students in STEM Learning Through Real-World Problem-Solving

Creating opportunities for students to apply problem-solving techniques and STEM skills leads to more engaged learning.  Discovery Education’s corporate partnership programs feature lesson plans, career exploration resources and challenges that offer students the opportunity to test their knowledge through innovation.

The Innovation Generation Making for Good Challenge, developed in partnership with Stanley, Black & Decker, gives students the opportunity to jump into innovation and work in teams of 2 – 4 to design a product solution that will help solve an environmental or societal problem in your home, school, community, or global population. Then, they create a product design blueprint and submit a 60 – 90 second video discussing the problem, how the product can help solve it, and the team’s process using the 6-step engineering design process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Test, and Improve!  Entering is as easy as 1-2-3 and the grand prize winning team receives  a total of $15,000 and an exclusive Stanley Black and Decker Virtual Mentorship. The challenge is until January 30, 2020.

Fueling Education, a program developed in partnership with CITGO, helps students understand that they can improve their communities and solve the problems of tomorrow—today.  The Fueling Education Challenge encourages students to work individually or in groups of 2–4 to identify an everyday problem in their communities that aligns to one of four United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Students are asked to submit a 1–2 minute video discussing a problem in their community, the SDG it aligns to, and the solution to the problem. Students will use research, persuasion, organization, and communication to inform their solution to the problem. Support materials to help you guide students through the entry process are just a click away, and the challenge is open until February 13, 2020.

Both of these challenges allow students the opportunity to consider solutions to real-world issues and put  the STEM skills they’ve learned into action.

For more information and entry details on the Innovation Generation Making for Good Challenge, visit www.innovation-gen.com.

Visit www.fuelingeducation.com to learn more or enter the Fueling Education Challenge.