Quick summary: In this STEM lesson students take part in an interactive STEM ideation activity. The lesson begins with a STEM ‘slap down’ where the students create bright ideas and share them with each other using a dynamic creative process. Students will then draw and label a design based on one of the ideas developed during the lesson. This lesson will inspire collaborative thinking and help students develop skills in STEM ideation.
- Students understand ideation processes
- Students develop skills in creativity and problem solving
- Students apply a STEM lens to design projects
- Students communicate their ideas effectively
- Students demonstrate support for each other through ideation activities.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 3 & 4 Design and Technologies:
- Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP015)
Syllabus outcomes: ST2-13MW
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.
Relevant parts of Years 3 & 4 achievement standards:
Students generate and record design ideas for an audience using technical terms and graphical and non-graphical representation techniques including algorithms.
Students plan and safely produce designed solutions for each of the prescribed technologies contexts.
Topic: STEM/STEAM, Creative Thinking, Sustainability
Unit of work: STEM Challenges — Primary
Time required: 65 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low to medium. Teachers will be required to lead and facilitate the STEM slap down at the start of the lesson. As the session progresses students take the lead and the teaching role extends to a collaborative facilitator to assist the students in the STEM Ideas Lab.
- Student Worksheet (STEM Ideas Lab Worksheet) – one per student
- Sticky notes or recycled paper notes – eight per student
- Timer or stopwatch
- Butcher’s paper (optional).
Related Professional Development: Introduction to Primary STEM.
Keywords: STEM, STEAM, ideation, ideas, inventors, invention, ideas, solutions, problem solving, creativity, brainstorming.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.