STEM is about solving novel problems with the “engineering design process” and the “science practices”
In the 21st century, novel problems emerge every day. Rote learning is not enough for handling these challenges. The “engineering design process” and the “science practices” are essential thinking tools to deal with new problems. By learning science/mathematics, analysing ideas, designing solutions, carrying out tests, etc., systematically, we can solve the problems that we are facing, and prepare ourselves for future challenges.
"Engineering Design Process":
- Defining and asking questions
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing scientific explanations and designing engineering solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
The “engineering design process” and the “science practices” form the axis for every STEM module designed by Avril. Through various activities, learners can gradually master how to use these two tools to solve novel problems.