July 7, 2016

STEM Challenges: Your Role as Facilitator, part 1

An important aspect of running great STEM challenges is you!  Your teaching philosophy probably already leans away from "sage on the stage" if you're drawn to using STEM challenges, but facilitating takes practice, reflection, and more practice!

Ever caught yourself wondering if you're running your STEM challenges well? Below you'll find my "DOs and DON'Ts" for preparing for and running a great challenge. The video offers full details, and there is a written summary below. 

Your Role as Facilitator, part 1:

Summarized thoughts:


- Choose a challenge
- Set your group size
- Set your criteria & constraints
- Plan for two iterations & possibly extension activities (more on this in part 2)
- Create your own design ahead of time to help develop criteria & constraints and materials ideas, if time permits
- Have students help you set up materials ahead of time for speedy distribution

During the Challenge

As always, reach out in the comments or by email if there's a specific question or topic you'd like me to address. :)


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  1. I loved watching this video! So many great tips for how to get started with STEM Challenges in my classroom! You did such a great job and I loved all the experienced information you shared!

  2. Thank you! I'm posting new videos each week, so keep an eye out! It's nice to know I'm not the only one watching! :)