Structured STEM Play
Let’s be an Engineer - Structured STEM Playtime.
Imagine. Plan. Execute
STEM Play - Structured playtime for kids
Have blocks, legos, Magna tiles or any building blocks at home/classroom?
“Let’s be an Engineer” - is a fun way for the kids to pretend to be an engineer and follow the 3 step Stem approach - Imagine, Plan and Execute .
Step 1: Imagine - Ask the kids to first imagine what they’d like to build with the blocks and talk about it. Ask the kids to reason their choices.
After a quick discussion and showing them the the blocks, my daughter decided she wanted to make a castle, and my son a plane.
Step 2: Plan - the kids make a blueprint/plan of the structure they have imagined. The number of blocks they will use , colors or sizes any any other specification. You can help the kids draw it out for the first few times till they get the concept.
the blocks in the classroom were different sizes - so we coded them S, M, B (small medium and big)
Step 3: Execute - the kids get to work. They have the plan in front of them and they build based on the planned design
This structured process is a great skill acquisition for the kids as they get more hands on and work on school projects or other creative imaginations. It helps them pen their thought process and gather focus to execute their constructive ideas.
Simple and enriching ideas from the class of Teacher Rindala.