Computational Thinking in STEM Activities

18 03 2019

I’ve been working with 7th and 8th graders on various STEM projects and having a blast! It is so much fun to watch kids excited about learning and utilizing computational thinking in order to accomplish a given task. The latest project we worked on was a volleyball machine.  The project can be found at https://www.sciencebuddies.org/

We gave them no assistance – this video was it – and the designs they came up with were phenomenal. The excitement when their designs worked was contagious. The collaboration in helping one another solve a problem with their design was what every teacher loves to see. The fact that the activity culminates in a competition motivated them even more. And for the teacher .. besides generating excitement among their students it satisfies various math and science standards.

There are so many valuable sites with projects that will excite students and make them THINK! This is just one of them. Enjoy 🙂