Building Teamwork and Bridges: A STEM Icebreaker. Nothing feels quite so right in my classroom as the productive buzz (make that roar!) when my students are passionately tackling an engineering challenge. This sort of hands-on, mind-on learning promotes critical thinking, real world problem solving, and addresses a host of STEM content.
Team Building Task-The Cup Challenge - take a rubber band and tie 6 strings to it (though I think 5 would work if you want smaller groups). Participants must use only the strings to move 6 cups into a pyramid formation. You can make this a competition between the groups or give them harder cup moving tasks.
Introducing STEM and Setting Expectations This is something you can begin as early as this first day of school. In fact, I encourage you to try to make room in your busy busy first day for this because it can help set the tone for your year. Students will go home excited about STEM! 1. Introduce Expectations You definitely want to [...]